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)  »

Also Known As:

El terrible Joe Moran  »

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Why Jimmy???
30 April 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If James Cagney had been in good health this would have been a good film. Even if he had to play the role in a wheelchair we would have seen the incredible Cagney bounce at work.

It's a nice story the rest of the cast gives good performances. But the whole time you're watching this, you're thinking of Jimmy Cagney dancing off the wall in Yankee Doodle Dandy or shooting it out on the run in the finale of The Roaring Twenties or even that non-stop frenetic pace of One Two Three. And to see him in this wheelchair barely able to say his dialog is painful to watch. I understand that Rich Little was brought in to dub what the microphone couldn't pick up.

No James Cagney fan should have to see this.

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