Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 27

The Big Tall Wish (8 Apr. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Big Tall Wish (original title)

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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 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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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Bolie Jackson, a hundred and eighty-three pounds, who left a second chance lying in a heap on a rosin-spattered canvas at St. Nick's Arena. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who shares the most common ailment of all men, the strange and perverse disinclination to believe in a miracle, the kind of miracle to come from the mind of a little boy, perhaps only to be found in the Twilight Zone.
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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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