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The Prize Fighter (1979)

A mobster tricks an ex-boxer and his manager to take part in a series of (fixed) fights as part of a scheme to get his hands on an old boxing gym.

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Michael Preece

Writers:

Tim Conway (story), Tim Conway (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Conway ... Bags
Don Knotts ... Shake
David Wayne ... Pop Morgan
Robin Clarke Robin Clarke ... Mike
Cisse Cameron ... Polly
Mary Ellen O'Neill Mary Ellen O'Neill ... Mama
Michael LaGuardia Michael LaGuardia ... The Butcher
George Nutting George Nutting ... Timmy
Irwin Keyes ... Flower
John Myhers John Myhers ... Doyle
Bill Ash Bill Ash ... Towel Man
Joan Benedict Steiger Joan Benedict Steiger ... Dori (as Joan Benedict)
Merle G. Cain Merle G. Cain ... Bumper
Holly Conover Holly Conover ... Judy
Alfred E. Covington Alfred E. Covington ... Ring Announcer
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A mobster tricks an ex-boxer and his manager to take part in a series of (fixed) fights as part of a scheme to get his hands on an old boxing gym.

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knock-out tyrmääjät See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Part of a cycle of ring fighter movies, mostly boxing, some wrestling, initiated by the box-office and critical success of the Academy Award Best Picture winning boxing movie Rocky (1976). The films include Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Tough Enough (1983), Title Shot (1979), Raging Bull (1980), The Champ (1979), Matilda (1978), The Main Event (1979), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Greatest (1977), Body and Soul (1981), Paradise Alley (1978), ...All the Marbles (1981) (aka "The California Dolls"), The One and Only (1978), Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980). See more »


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Lyrics and Music by Peter Matz
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The Prize-Fighter is a Champion
27 March 2005 | by angelsunchainedSee all my reviews

It's not easy making a comedy about the fistic arts. In the 1940s Danny Kay was successful in "The Kid From Brooklyn", playing a "fighting milkman". It took almost 40 years for another boxing comedy to make an impact, and that was The Prize-Fighter.

Tim Conway plays Depression Era boxer, Bags Collins. Bags has a perfect fighting record; 20 fights, 20 knockouts.............all losses! A perfect record! Don Knotts plays Shake, the brainy(LOL!) manager of Bags Collins.

The movie manages to capture the times and is an interesting reflection of the Depression Era. Tim Conway is at his bumbling best when he is in the ring "knocking out" the top three contenders-Irish, Jake Folley and the Grader. The Bags/Grader fight had me rolling in my seat.

There's an impressive supporting cast and Robin Clarke as "Mike" the mob-boss gives an out-standing Brando impression. The final championship match is well done too.

The Prize-Fighter is a championship of a comedy.


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