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Carnera: The Walking Mountain (2008)

The life of Primo Carnera a.k.a. "Ambling Alp", Italian professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from June 1933 to June 1934, but also accused by some of having ties to the mob.

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Renzo Martinelli

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Iaia ... Primo Carnera
Anna Valle Anna Valle ... Pina Kovacic
Paolo Seganti ... Eudeline
Burt Young ... Lou Soresi
Paul Sorvino ... Ledudal
F. Murray Abraham ... Leon See
Kasia Smutniak ... Emilia Tersini
Eleonora Martinelli Eleonora Martinelli ... Giovanna
Antonio Cupo ... Max Baer
Stefano Meglio Stefano Meglio ... Nightclub Owner
Bruno Bilotta ... Paul Journée
Nino Benvenuti Nino Benvenuti ... Trainer M. Baer
Giovanni Capalbo Giovanni Capalbo ... Bill Duffy (as Joe Capalbo)
Carlo Di Biasi Carlo Di Biasi ... Referee Donovan
Lucrezia Maier Lucrezia Maier ... Aunt Antonia
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The life of Primo Carnera a.k.a. "Ambling Alp", Italian professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from June 1933 to June 1934, but also accused by some of having ties to the mob.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnera - Der Grösste Boxer Aller Zeiten! See more »

Filming Locations:

Transylvania, Romania See more »

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Budget:

€6,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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How can it be so dull, when legendary history is so wild?
14 September 2012 | by willww2002See all my reviews

Popped up on my library's video shelf this week, and first review sums it up pretty well. Didn't cost me a nickel, and I still wanted my money back. Sorry, cheap shot, but no sense going over the sad details again, when I'm just going to say ditto.

You have to wonder why the film can't live up to Carnera's very interesting real life. His career was mostly notable for suggestions that he was just a marketing gimmick, created to take advantage of a giant with a glass jaw. Early fight victories against bimbos, to earn his title shot, suggested his schedule was put together by mobbed-up management, looking to profit from one last bet on the big fight. That aspect was portrayed best in Bogart's last film, "The Harder They Fall."

I just wanted to add one more juicy rumor, found in Walter Winchell biography (I think it was Gabler's, but not sure). Supposedly, Carnera fooled around with wife of Damon Runyon. Just one of multiple offenders, it seems, but Runyon took it personally and used his connections with Owney Madden to get revenge by setting up big fight in NY, wherein over-matched Carnera got his bell professionally rung.

Difficult to document in real-life history, so the story may be total BS. But to paraphrase a famous philosopher, when the rumor is more interesting than the fact, print the legend. And Carnera's legend is certainly more interesting than any alternate facts presented in this film. Eighty years after he fought, the big guy is once again badly-used by his promoters - this time without any payoff.


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