The film was made and first released about three years after its source novel of the same name by author Leonard Gardner had been first published in 1969. Gardner also penned the screenplay for the picture. See more »
During the bar scene, the barrette in Susan Tyrrell's hair moves all over the place from shot to shot. See more »
Probably one of the most realistic films about boxing. Not the big prime time fights but the small time boxing matches that spring up in town after town. Great performances all around with extra notice to Nick Colasanto as Ruben who could be related to his Coach in "Cheers" and Stacy Keach as the brain-addled old fighter that will never be able to quit. His fight scene at the end with the Mexican boxer who is only there for a paycheck win or lose, really says a lot about how boxing can be a pathetic sport. Keach's Tully is probably how a lot of boxers end up. Typical late John Huston film that focuses on the underbelly of American society. And a good one too.
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