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Monkey on My Back (1957)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 1958 (Argentina)
The true story of Barney Ross, a World War II hero and champion professional boxer, who became addicted to morphine.

Director:

André De Toth

Writers:

Ivan Bunny (biographical material furnished by), Paul Dudley | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cameron Mitchell ... Barney Ross
Dianne Foster ... Cathy Holland
Paul Richards ... Rico
Jack Albertson ... Sam Pian
Kathy Garver ... Noreen
Lisa Golm Lisa Golm ... Barney's Mother
Barry Kelley ... Big Ralph
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... J.L. McAvoy
Lewis Charles ... Lew Surati
Raymond Greenleaf ... Dr. A.J. Latham
Richard Benedict ... Art Winch
Brad Harris ... Spike McAvoy
Robert Holton Robert Holton ... Dr. Sullivan
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Storyline

The true story of Barney Ross, a World War II hero and champion professional boxer, who became addicted to morphine.

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A woman like no other...in love with a great, great guy who had fallen gutter-low! This is the story of how she pulled him up out of hell - and put him back on top! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1958 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Monkey on My Back: The Story of Barney Ross See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Though it was based on his autobiography and he was a consultant to the film, Barney Ross disavowed this movie, calling it "garbage." See more »

Goofs

(at around 33 mins) At the motel, a boom mic can be seen at the top of the screen while Barney and Cathy are hugging just seconds before the scene ends. See more »

Quotes

Barney Ross: Look Rico. I only got eight bucks.
Rico, Drug Pusher: Start scrathin'. You see, you don't seem to understand. I'm risking ten years of my life with every move I make. I wanna get paid for it. And if I don't, my friends will break your wrists.
Barney Ross: Let me up Rico. Let me up!
Rico, Drug Pusher: You don't understand champ. The real torture hasn't started yet. The monkey will be on your back tomorrow.
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"The Beginning" is shown in the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is an "Unrated Version" and a "Censored Version" that only effect reel 5a as indicated on elements in MGM/UA's database. No indication was given for what was cut in order to determine what the variation is in these two cuts. See more »

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5 October 2006 | by chicbucSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was a little Boy I'm now a pensioner and this movie has stayed with me my whole life As I was so young it set me on course with my life.

I promised myself that I would never go near drugs as it kind of scared the hell out of me being so young it left a big impression on me. I came across your site and just for fun typed Monkey On My Back And there it was wow memories ........How great but so sad they are.

It was a long time ago. Only one other movie made such a impression On me called Home Of the Brave it taught me to see a person for who he is And not the color of their skin I lived by this and it was because I was so young that these two movies made me the way I am I will take them to my final resting place


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