The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Big Tall Wish 

An aging boxer finds himself the winner of a match he thought he had lost, the result a six year old's frantic wish. But can a world-weary, embittered man still believe in miracles, or will he turn his back on it?


(as Ronald Winston)



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Narrator (voice)
... Bolie Jackson
... Henry Temple
... Frances Temple
... Joe Mizell
Henry Scott ... Thomas


Bolie Jackson is a professional boxer whose best years are behind him. He's well-liked in his neighborhood and adored by Henry, a young lad who lives next door. He hurts his hand in an altercation with sleazy boxing manager and as a result is badly beaten in a televised boxing match. He's apparently down and out for the count but young Henry has a special ability - something his mother calls the big wish - that changes the outcome of the match. When Bolie learns what he's done he refuses to believe in what Henry's done with the inevitable consequences. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

8 April 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Real-life boxer Archie Moore was considered for the role of Bolie. See more »


Bolie Jackson: Little boys. Little boys with their heads full up with dreams. When do they find out, Frances? When do they suddenly find out that there ain't any magic? When does somebody push their face down on the sidewalk and say to them, "Hey, little boy, it's concrete. That's what the world is made out of, concrete." When do they find out that you can wish your life away?
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Attention: no whining in the Twilight Zone!
24 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

I still can't believe there's a Twilight Zone episode that I was forced to rate less than 5 out of 10! I still can't believe that I had to see this episode twice because I fell asleep the first time! How is it possible to fall asleep during a story that only last 25 minutes? More importantly, how is it possible to fall asleep during an episode of "The Twilight Zone"; - generally considered as the greatest Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV-series of all times, and a personal favorite that (thus far) had never let me down? It's fairly simple, namely because "The Big Tall Wish" is dull, whiny and completely uninteresting. Unlike every single other installment in the series, this one exists for 95% out of talking (whining, in fact) and the supernatural aspects aren't even worth mentioning! The tale starts with an aging boxer whining. Bolie Jackson whines to himself in the mirror and whines to his coach. Then he goes home and whines to a little 9-year-old boy. Then he steps into the ring and nearly has his head smashed off, which was a brief and relieving moment of action. Then it suddenly looks as if the DVD is damaged, but it's a trick, as the little boy's hugging the TV and making a wish somehow arranged for the roles to be reversed and Jackson win the fight. You'd expect for our old boxer to feel happy and victorious, but hell no! What's the first thing he does? He goes home and starts whining again against the kid who made him win! I don't know what went wrong here, but "The Big Tall Wish" almost doesn't belong in the wondrous universe that is "The Twilight Zone". Everything that makes this series great is missing here: a compelling plot, cynical humor, sardonic characters, brooding tension or unforeseeable twists. The only thing this episode has to offer is morals. Far too much moral that gets shoved down our throats via endless whining, whining, whining...

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