Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 2

Steel (4 Oct. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" Steel (original title)

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In the near future boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. To replace his broken client, the manager decides to enter the ring and replace him.

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In the not too distant future, boxing has been banned and replaced by robot fighters in the ring. Sam "Steel" Kelly is a former boxer but now owns one of these pugilistic machines. Unfortunately his robot, which he's named Battling Maxo, is getting old and many of its parts are no longer available. Kelly is broke and is doing everything he can to ensure Battling Maxo can enter the ring as the promoter has made it clear there's no payment if there's no bout. When Maxo breaks down however, Kelly decides to takes its place. Written by garykmcd

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Reportedly Richard Matheson's favorite Twilight Zone (1959) episode. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Portrait of a losing side, proof positive that you can't outpunch machinery. Proof also of something else: that no matter what the future brings, man's capacity to rise to the occasion will remain unaltered. His potential for tenacity and optimism continues, as always, to outfight, outpoint, and outlive any and all changes by his society, for which three cheers and a unanimous decision rendered from the Twilight Zone.
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Sam Kelly
5 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Lee Marvin stars as former boxer Sam "Steel" Kelly, who(in the year 1974) owns a robot fighter, which is the norm now since human boxing was outlawed. Trouble is that the robot(named Battling Maxo) is old and falling apart, and Sam is desperate for a bout because he needs the money to buy rare parts to keep Maxo going. When that doesn't happen in time, Sam will take a drastic action by going in the ring himself against a robot fighter, which is not only illegal, but quite possibly lethal... Marvin is quite good as usual, and although this premise is now unavoidably dated, it still retains it suspense, and remains reasonably entertaining.


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