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Body and Soul (1981)

R | | Drama, Sport | October 1981 (USA)
A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.

Director:

George Bowers

Writers:

Leon Isaac Kennedy (screenplay), Abraham Polonsky (suggested by the original screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Isaac Kennedy ... Leon Johnson
Jayne Kennedy ... Julie Winters
Perry Lang ... Charles Golphin
Nikki Swasey Seaton ... Kelly Johnson (as Nikki Swassy)
Michael V. Gazzo ... Frankie (as Mike Gazzo)
Kim Hamilton ... Mrs. Johnson
Muhammad Ali ... Himself
Peter Lawford ... Big Man
Gilbert Lewis ... Tony (as Gil Lewis)
Chris Wallace Chris Wallace ... Dr. Bachman
Robbie Epps Robbie Epps ... Iceman
J.B. Williamson J.B. Williamson ... St. Louis Assassin
Al Denava Al Denava ... Mad Man Santiago (as Al Denavo)
Mel Welles ... Joe Gillardi
Danny Wells Danny Wells ... Sports Announcer #1
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Storyline

A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.

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A shattering story of corruption, violence and temptation... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corps et âme See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Julie Winters: I just wish your were double jointed so you could turn around and kiss your own ass.
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Referenced in Forty Deuce (1982) See more »

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Body and Soul
Music by Johnny Green and lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton
Sung by Marlena Shaw
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Too much body! Not enough soul!
25 July 2019 | by bronzesrvSee all my reviews

I remember watching this movie years ago I am a 46 year old woman and back in the 80s, Jane Kennedy and Leon Kennedy were like icons to a lot of African American people. I didn't care for the movie then and I don't now. I see where they were trying to go with this story but as one of the commenters said, it lacked depth and credibility. I also admire the commenter who said he was white and sick of seeing us (leon as a boxer) being portrayed in this cartoonish kind of way. Again I agree. This movie was so laid on with naked women, it literally blinded the storyline and where they were trying to go with it. You saw Leon in bed more with his groupies than you did with him in the ring!!!. The nice gem to this movie was the young girl who played his sick sister. She did an excellent job, you can tell she was brewing to be a good actress. And Jane of course was pretty as always. But Leon and Jayne as actors.?.. I wish they would have tried again. However I weather watch this movie than any of the penitentiary's that Leon has been in! There were three of them!!! And to me that is three too many LOL. Again this is a touching story, I just wish they had of executed it better. However I still consider it as what they would call and old cult classic from these two who were very popular at that time.


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