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?

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Bolie Jackson
Steven Perry ...
Henry Temple
Kim Hamilton ...
Frances Temple
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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 garykmcd

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8 April 1960 (USA)  »

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Real-life boxer Archie Moore was considered for the role of Bolie. See more »

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Narrator: [opening narration] In this corner of the universe, a prizefighter named Bolie Jackson, one-hundred and eighty-three pounds and an hour and a half away from a comeback at St. Nick's Arena. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who, by the standards of his profession is an aging, over-the-hill relic of what was, and who now sees a reflection of a man who has left too many pieces of his youth in too many stadiums for too many years before too many screaming people. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who might do well to look for ...
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Reversing Fate
26 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Ivan Dixon plays a down-and-out boxer named Bolie Jackson who makes one last attempt at a comeback, urged on by a young boy in his tenement building named Henry who tells him that he has to believe in wishes in order for him to win, which the boy's mother calls the big tall wish. Bolie stopped believing in magic and wishes, but Henry persists, and seems to have somehow reversed Bolie's loss in the ring to a victory, but his stubborn refusal to believe in the power may undo Henry's best efforts... Poignant episode may be pretty simple in approach, but Dixon is first-rate and presents an authentic view of that life, both in and out of the ring.


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