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Fighting Back: The Story of Rocky Bleier (1980)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Sport | TV Movie 7 December 1980
Football jock Rocky Bleier makes it all the way to the pros with the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to be drafted in the Vietnam War. Wounded by a hand grenade overseas, Bleier returns to the ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Lieberman

Writers:

Rocky Bleier (book), Jerry McNeely | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urich ... Rocky Bleier
Bonnie Bedelia ... Aleta
Richard Herd ... Chuck Noll
Howard Cosell ... Himself
Art Carney ... Art Rooney
Steve Tannen Steve Tannen ... Terry Hanratty
Bubba Smith ... Jacobs
Simone Griffeth ... Marcy
Sandy McPeak ... Bob Bleier
Dennis Howard Dennis Howard ... Ken
Joe Spano ... Captain Murphy
Peggy McCay ... Ellen Bleier
John Chappell John Chappell ... Buff Boston
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Tony Parisi (as Ray Serra)
Enrique Castillo ... Carlos
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Storyline

Football jock Rocky Bleier makes it all the way to the pros with the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to be drafted in the Vietnam War. Wounded by a hand grenade overseas, Bleier returns to the U.S., and told he will never walk again. However, after a lengthy, grueling rehabilitation, Bleier ultimately walks again. Soon, he trains with his old team for inspiration. Boss Art Rooney's sympathy and regard for Bleier pays off when Bleier improbably comes all the way back, ultimately playing for a Super Bowl Championship with the Steelers. But are all the good feelings and inspiration Bleier engenders enough to carry him to an NFL championship? Written by secragtman@juno.com

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighting Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

After the Steelers win their first playoff game in December 1972 with the famous "Immaculate Reception", Rocky as narrator says, "We figured it was our year for the Super Bowl, so we went tearing into Miami for the League Championship Game." In 1972, the NFL awarded home field for the playoffs on a rotating basis, so despite Miami having the better regular-season record, the AFC Championship Game that year was hosted by Pittsburgh. See more »

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Good Made For TV Fare
11 June 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

One of the better in a series of ABC sports movies put together in the late 70s / early 80s. The fairly routine comeback story is enlivened by the now-deceased but highly likable Urich, who is especially poignant given his own personal tragedy, which mirrors Bleier's unexpected health setbacks. The training sequences are particularly effective and memorable; Urich was well cast and up to the demanding athletic requirements. A little less tearjerking than Something For Joey, a little less relevant and socially conscious than Brian's Song, Fighting Back still belongs in the same mold. Not very groundbreaking but ultimately entertaining and better than most TV-movies thanks to Urich, who is very sympathetic.


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