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The Fighter (1952)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport | 23 May 1952 (USA)
In Mexico, a young boxer uses his winnings to buy guns to avenge his family's murder.

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Herbert Kline
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Complete credited cast:
Richard Conte ... Felipe Rivera
Vanessa Brown ... Kathy
Lee J. Cobb ... Durango
Frank Silvera ... Paulino
Roberta Haynes ... Nevis
Hugh Sanders ... Roberts
Claire Carleton ... Stella
Martin Garralaga ... Luis Rivera
Argentina Brunetti ... Maria
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Alvarado
Margarita Padilla Margarita Padilla ... Elba
Paul Fierro Paul Fierro ... Jose
Rico Alaniz ... Carlos
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Rivas
Robert Wells Robert Wells ... Tex
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In Mexico, a young boxer uses his winnings to buy guns to avenge his family's murder.

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JACK LONDON'S bare-knuckled masterpiece of adventure!

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Drama | Film-Noir | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mexican Kid See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Version of Der Mexikaner Felipe Rivera (1984) See more »

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Not a knockout...
25 August 2008 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

This isn't so much a boxing movie as a peasant rebelling against a cruel dictatorship movie. Richard Conte (who, at 42, was about 15 years too old for the role of Felipe Rivera) plays the peasant in question who flees to New Mexico to raise funds for the rebellion after his beloved is murdered by troops. The film is a clumsy amalgamation of two stories - Rivera's life as a peasant, and his attempts to raise money to buy guns for the rebellion through boxing - the former of which is sandwiched between the latter as an extended flashback. As always in this type of film all the peasants are decent noble types and all the troops are leering sadists.

Lee J. Cobb plays Durango, the heroic rebel leader and he isn't that great. He was called upon a few times in his career to portray latino types and, with his tendency to exaggerate the accents he was never convincing. In fact the film is fairly ordinary throughout and directed in a workmanlike manner by Herbert Kline (who also wrote), although the fight sequences are fairly good for the time. This is one for Conte completists only.


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