A wheelchair-bound, former boxer deals with his long estranged granddaughter whom is seeking financial help for her writing career and helping her loser boyfriend get out of debt with the local mob.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Moran
Floyd Patterson ...
Harris Laskawy ...
Terrance Ellis ...
Young Hopeful (as Terry Ellis)
Peter DeAnello ...
Young Boxer
Lady with Dog
Anna Berger ...
Real Estate Agent
Andrew MacMillan ...
Maurice Shrog ...
Benny the Wino


James Cagney (in his final role) plays a wheelchair-bound former boxing champion whose long estraged granddaughter, an aspiring writer, pops back in his life first searching for money to help her ne'er-do-well boyfriend get off the hook with mafia types for various loans, and later she redevelops a familial bond with the old man. Written by Matt Patay

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27 March 1984 (USA)  »

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El terrible Joe Moran  »

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Due to the aftereffects of a stroke, James Cagney was unable to properly articulate his dialog during shooting. In the finished film, his voice is actually dubbed by impressionist Frank Gorshin. See more »


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Film was much better with original Cagney voice.
4 January 2009 | by (NYC,NY) – See all my reviews

I worked at the post-production house in new york city when this film was shot and edited. We saw the dailies of it as it was being shot and also worked on it while it was being edited. The entire film was completed with Cagney's actual (heavily stroke inflected) speaking voice. It was decided by the producers to replace the entire Cagney dialogue with Rich Little's impersonation. I can attest to the fact that the original film, with Cagney's own voice, was an excellent and powerful little film, that I would have given a rating of 10 stars to. Unfortunately, the really bad decision to dub Cagney's voice with this awful impersonation (which sounded like the voice in the old "Vlassic Pickles" TV commercials) pretty much ruined what would have been a memorable movie. I wish to this day I had somehow been able to obtain a copy of the original version! Still worth seeing as it is Cagney's last film, and Carney and Barkin are excellent. Basically though, another instance of too many producer-cooks ruining the stew.

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