not a very good quality bluray print, considering that some blurays of films a lot older than this one have been excellent, but this did not really distract from my enjoyment of the movie. With Lazlo Kovacs behind the camera, first rate production design and art direction, music from Bill Conti, and a generally first rate supporting cast, this ALMOST resembles a real movie. Oh, and if you really want a laugh, the main song, that appears during a horrific credit scene involving a rooftop race, is sung by Sly himself, sounding like Elvis imitating Frankenstein's monster. Watch this movie if you get a chance, it's worth your time.. if this were released today, it would be a huge hit, it has its moments... and then it also doesn't, "Yeah, that's a very heavy grease ball wager.". Oh, and that is Sylvester Stallone singing the movies theme song "Too close to Paradise" a good tune sung well by Sly, but you judge for yourself.
I think this film, because of Rocky and "fight" and "up from nothing hero" themes has really been genetically altered by the press and critics. He tries to be the likes of Burt Young in ROCKY, and misses... oh how he misses. Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2018, Got to love sylvester stallone's movies first, Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2015. This is a good fun, adventure movie made at the height of Sylvester Stallone's critical popularity he was awarded for Rocky (1976). As Cosmo, Sly is a fun loving, wisecracking, con-man, who, unlike Rocky, is an unlikeable and unredeeming character. However, things are never as easy as they seem, as the brothers set out to discover. Paradise Alley is a beautiful fim that needs to be rediscovered. Also the 1940's New York setting is kind of surplus, Rocky was set in the present (for the time), and you feel that this movie could have been all the better for being modern. 1940's. Not everyone gets the just of this movie but for those that do it is a laugh riot!!
If you are one of those that voted 8, 9, or 10 on this film, I would like to hear from you. I thought the film had a lot going for it not the least of which was great direction and cinematography. Armand Assante does strong work as Cosmo's cynical and crippled war veteran sibling Lenny.
Major fan. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 22, 2019, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2020. Select the department you want to search in. It's like a cartoon. Details below. This film was a promise Stallone sadly later on never fulfilled, maybe because everyone turned so harsh on this one, which is something I will never understand. From the beginning of the credits scene, we know that we are about to see a very interesting story..Stallone(the most underrated actor in movie history) directs,writes,produces,stars and even sings on the credits song of this marvelous film and he does energetically. Bill Conti's spare harmonic score does the trick, too. Terry Funk delivers a sinister performance as Frankie the Thumper. Travelling or based outside United States? Probably Stallone's most under valued work, this film reminds the viewer just what talent he had behind the camera (see also Rocky II to IV). If they could have substituted street brawling or something in its place it may have worked better as a movie, but as it is it is okay. The former was a true diamond in the rough honored as "Best Picture", while "Paradise" and it's characters have trouble defining themselves in post War 1946 Hell's Kitchen. It is also kind of strange to see a bare chested hero in the ring at the movies climax other than Stallone, and again, had Cosmo been given a redemption of sorts, the film would have had more of that feel good factor so common with Sly's movies. Sure, they're not all Academy Award winning films, but they deserve an award for how well they portray life on the other side of the fence. Cosmo (Stallone) plans to turn his tough but dim brother Victor into a champion wrestler, and with the help of their third brother (Assante) they set about making their fortune. Stallone made this film between "Rocky" and "Rocky II" and it shares alot of similarities with those films. It's only natural after Writing Rocky that STallone would get interested in actually making a movie that would be his entirely from start to finish and is it good? After rewriting the script to 'F.I.S.T' Sly went the full hog, and wrote, acted, directed and sings (Yes sings!! Enjoy FREE movies from Maverick in all genres. Assante in his first film role has a incredible debut and let's face it HE Steals The show from Stallone at times. encourages his good-natured, dim-witted, but strong-as-an-ox younger brother Victor (a solid and engaging performance by amiable big lug Lee Canalito) to participate in wrestling matches in order to win enough money to get out of their impoverished neighborhood. The story (also by Stallone) borrows a little off ROCKY, but is nonetheless entertaining. Just do yourself a favor and buy it. ), makes 'Over the Top' seem like 'Raging Bull'. Speaking of... the great character actor Kevin Conway (who played three different roles in FUNHOUSE by Tobe Hopper) plays a bar owner thug who talks like Bugs Bunny. I just happened to catch it on television once and decided to watch it and while I am not the biggest wrestling fan this movie kept my interest. There are echoes of Rocky throughout the film, (small time nobody becomes admired champion), but what sets it apart is the humour. I give it nine out of ten. Definitely worth seeing. Go home & enjoy it.
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