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Flesh & Blood (1979)

A convict takes up boxing in prison and this brings a new meaning to his life. Once out, his trainer motivates him to become a professional boxer. He cares about only two other things, his uncomfortably close mother and absent father.


Jud Taylor


Eric Bercovici, Pete Hamill (novel)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Bobby Fallon
Mitchell Ryan ... Jack Fallon
Kristin Griffith ... Michelle
Denzel Washington ... Kirk
Suzanne Pleshette ... Kate Fallon
John Cassavetes ... Gus
Bert Remsen ... Jorgenson
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Freddie
Bob Minor ... Walker Lewis
Peter Hobbs ... Police Sergeant
Jack Rader ... Charlie
Bill Elliott Bill Elliott ... Young
Sam Weisman ... Stevens
Felix Shuman Felix Shuman ... Gloves Official
Pat Billingsley ... Older Official (as Patrick Billingsley)


Imprisoned after a life on the streets, Bobby spends his time behind bars training to become a successful boxer. When he finishes his prison term, an ambitious manager Gus Caputo dedicates himself to preparing him for a shot at the heavyweight championship. But, to become the best that he can be, he must conquer his personal demons, including memories of an incestuous relationship with his deranged mother, Kate and his absent father.

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Alternate Versions

Thunder Productions released a cut version of the movie, entitled "The Heavyweight" in 1994. This version runs 140 minutes. Most of the incest subplot of the original has been edited out, leaving several confusing scenes, unexplained dialogue, etc., but leaving the main boxing plotline intact. See more »

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Incest Of the Worst Kind
30 August 2000 | by dtrent-2See all my reviews

I 1st saw Tom Berenger in this TV film & really liked him. I also really like Suzanne Pleshette. But I was appalled at the content of this film. Suzanne is his mother & she seduces him plenty. He refuses many times but ultimately gives in many times. Don't know what happened to his father. I gather she's a widow. SO why not find a new husband?? Leave your son alone! With things like this happening in real life & the sick outcome of it all, we don't need to see it in REEL life to get the picture! And this was made YRS ago!

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Release Date:

15 October 1979 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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