Directed by John Huston
All right, let's get this over with. I don't think I have ever liked a sports movie and certainly not a boxing movie. This is probably due to the fact that I have never seen a sport that I liked either. Well, maybe rugby, but that has nothing to do with the game.
Stacy Keach plays a boxer past his prime with an alcohol problem. What a treat for everyone. He meets young newcomer Ernie Munger, who is dealing with personal problems of his own. He also encounters one of the most annoying female characters in all of cinema. She is pictured above and even her picture is obnoxious. She also has a drinking problem and yells at people a lot. Two treats!
What a dull, dull, dull film full of unsympathetic characters. I suppose we are supposed to like the coach, who genuinely seems to care for his fighters. I see nothing elegant or admirable in boxing so I had a hard time finding anything meaningful in these people's lives.
Marlon Brando was considered for a role in this film. Is he just in every seventies film?