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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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Renzo Martinelli (original concept), Renzo Martinelli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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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: The Walking Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Transylvania, Romania See more »

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Budget:

EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$408,793
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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At Least They Provided a Disclaimer, But There's No Schmaltz Alert!
28 December 2010 | by angus_deiSee all my reviews

They played hard and fast with the facts, but I've got no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is all the schmaltz. I'm talking here about corny lines and ham acting, the epitome of the latter being the Carnera character's "Do you know what it's like to be hungry?" soliloquy. Laughable. The musical score was annoying. Why do so many movies these days use tepid strings arrangements? The movie was interesting enough, but still, it was formulaic and uninspired. The characters were shallow, especially Max Baer's, which was really a caricature. I had the feeling they shot this thing in a week and a half, just to get it over with. I had to cringe when Primo proposes to his sweetheart after beating Jack Sharkey for the championship. Ludicrous. They should have stuck a tad bit more to the facts regarding Primo's handlers, and forgone all that schmaltz! To this day, questions linger over Carnera's career, especially as to which of his fights were fixed (if indeed they were) and which weren't (if indeed they weren't). The man in real life was abused by his handlers and his life as a boxer was a lonely one, but you wouldn't know it from this schmaltzy film. They could have explored this aspect of Carnera's life a bit more. Furthermore, Carnera had a full and interesting life after his boxing career ended, and they could have explored this more as well. Instead, Carnera gets short shrift here by his depiction as a one-dimensional character. Okay, one-and-a-half, he gets to throw a couple of tantrums here and there. Yeesh!


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