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The Opponent (1988)

Qualcuno pagherà (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | 8 July 1988 (Italy)
In order to prove himself to his girlfriend's father, a young man takes up boxing professionally. The father becomes his trainer and a sleazy promoter gets interested in him, but the road to the title won't be easy.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

Robert Brodie Booth (screenplay), Maria Perrone Capano (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Greene ... Bobby Mulligan
Giuliano Gemma ... Martin Duranti
Keely Shaye Brosnan ... Anne (as Keely Shaye Smith)
Ernest Borgnine ... Victor
Mary Stavin ... Gilda Duranti
Bill Wohrman ... Larry
James Warring James Warring ... Eddy
A.J. Duhe A.J. Duhe ... Baby
Herb Goldstein Herb Goldstein ... Doctor
Ruben Rabasa ... Ollie
Gregg Todd Davis Gregg Todd Davis ... Punk
Edgar Allan Poe IV Edgar Allan Poe IV ... Punk #1
Lenny Moore Lenny Moore ... Duncan
Scotty Gallin Scotty Gallin ... Pappy (as Scott Gallin)
Mark McCraken Mark McCraken ... Don (as Marc McCraken)
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In order to prove himself to his girlfriend's father, a young man takes up boxing professionally. The father becomes his trainer and a sleazy promoter gets interested in him, but the road to the title won't be easy.

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 July 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Uppercut Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Runtime:

(cut) (video) | (Amazon Video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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For Gemma and Martino completists only.
7 June 2003 | by CranstonmanSee all my reviews

A uncharacteristic moment of dullness from the usually reliable, and at times inspired Sergio Martino. The real sad thing about this film is its total lack of identity, rather than looking and feeling like a commercial Italian production it resembles more the work of the "made for television crowd". Some mildly interesting casting in the shape of Mary Stavin and Daniel Greene, but really only worth the time of day for diehard Martino fans and Giuliano Gemma completists.


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