An aging boxer finds himself the winner of a match he thought he had lost, the result a six year old's frantic wish. But can a world-weary, embittered man still believe in miracles, or will he turn his back on it?
Bolie Jackson is a professional boxer whose best years are behind him. He's well-liked in his neighborhood and adored by Henry, a young lad who lives next door. He hurts his hand in an altercation with sleazy boxing manager and as a result is badly beaten in a televised boxing match. He's apparently down and out for the count but young Henry has a special ability - something his mother calls the big wish - that changes the outcome of the match. When Bolie learns what he's done he refuses to believe in what Henry's done with the inevitable consequences. Written by
Little boys. Little boys with their heads full up with dreams. When do they find out, Frances? When do they suddenly find out that there ain't any magic? When does somebody push their face down on the sidewalk and say to them, "Hey, little boy, it's concrete. That's what the world is made out of, concrete." When do they find out that you can wish your life away?
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'Magic' is a metaphor for faith, people who inspire, and the optimism of a child in this likable, overlooked, and charmingly human entry. Quite aside from the fact that this is a TV drama from 1960 largely about black people (very progressive by Rod Serling at the time) it is about human decency that outshines the odds, the scars, and the corruption of boxing and life. Yet this is no corny fairy tale as cold reality clings on to struggling, aging boxer Bolie Jackson (Ivan Dixon) and little Henry (Stephen Perry). Rod Serling had a passion for the sport since boxing in the army during WW2, and of course wrote the famous TV play 'Requiem For A Heavyweight'. He gives the character Bolie Jackson some profound words about his profession. Ivan Dixon handled the role convincingly.
Please watch this episode and judge Bolie Jackson on your own score card.
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