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
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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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Walter Burke, who plays Ivan Dixon's trainer, and Charles Horvath, who plays Dixon's opponent in the ring, reunited seven months later for an episode of Lawman (1958) titled Lawman: Samson the Great (1960). Curiously, this episode also involved a boxing match with series-star John Russell fighting to win a bare-knuckle brawl. 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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A Big, Tall Episode
8 July 2006 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

A washed-up boxer is given a magical chance to win an important fight, thanks to the "big, tall wish" of a little boy who idolizes him.

This is one of the most underrated episodes of the series, featuring brilliant performances from Ivan Dixon as the fighter and Steven Perry as the boy. Remarkable for its time as a TV episode featuring African-American actors in flesh-and-blood roles, but had nothing whatsoever to do with civil rights issues. Serling's sensitive script and innovative direction also help create a beautiful and superbly realized story about the importance of faith, and the tragedy of the cynicism that age and experience can create.


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