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Terrible Joe Moran (1984)

A wheelchair-bound, former boxer deals with his long estranged granddaughter whom is seeking financial help for her writing career and helping her loser boyfriend get out of debt with the local mob.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writer:

Frank Cucci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Joe Moran
Art Carney ... Tony
Ellen Barkin ... Ronnie
Peter Gallagher ... Nick
Joseph Sirola ... Capo
Ed Koch ... Moe
Floyd Patterson Floyd Patterson ... Floyd Patterson
Harris Laskawy Harris Laskawy ... Minty
Lawrence Tierney ... Pico
Terrance Ellis ... Young Hopeful (as Terry Ellis)
Peter DeAnello Peter DeAnello ... Young Boxer
Susan Lowden Susan Lowden ... Lady with Dog
Anna Berger Anna Berger ... Real Estate Agent
Andrew MacMillan Andrew MacMillan ... Announcer
Maurice Shrog Maurice Shrog ... Benny the Wino
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Storyline

James Cagney (in his final role) plays a wheelchair-bound former boxing champion whose long estraged granddaughter, an aspiring writer, pops back in his life first searching for money to help her ne'er-do-well boyfriend get off the hook with mafia types for various loans, and later she redevelops a familial bond with the old man. Written by Matt Patay

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El terrible Joe Moran See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The story was originally intended as a vehicle for Katharine Hepburn, with the main character a retired tennis champion. When she declined the project, it was re-written for James Cagney, with the lead character changed to a retired boxer. See more »

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Features Winner Take All (1932) See more »

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Film was much better with original Cagney voice.
4 January 2009 | by nick-623See all my reviews

I worked at the post-production house in new york city when this film was shot and edited. We saw the dailies of it as it was being shot and also worked on it while it was being edited. The entire film was completed with Cagney's actual (heavily stroke inflected) speaking voice. It was decided by the producers to replace the entire Cagney dialogue with Rich Little's impersonation. I can attest to the fact that the original film, with Cagney's own voice, was an excellent and powerful little film, that I would have given a rating of 10 stars to. Unfortunately, the really bad decision to dub Cagney's voice with this awful impersonation (which sounded like the voice in the old "Vlassic Pickles" TV commercials) pretty much ruined what would have been a memorable movie. I wish to this day I had somehow been able to obtain a copy of the original version! Still worth seeing as it is Cagney's last film, and Carney and Barkin are excellent. Basically though, another instance of too many producer-cooks ruining the stew.


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