Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.
It's 1946 in Hell's Kitchen in New York City. Cosmo Carboni, the eldest of the three Carboni brothers, is lamenting what he sees as them not living up to their potential. Big talking Cosmo hustles and panhandles for money. Brooding Lenny Carboni, an injured veteran whose sullen attitude stems from his time in the war, is an undertaker. And youngest Victor Carboni, the simple muscle-man who wouldn't hurt a fly unless he's annoyed, is an iceman. Victor looks to Lenny and his Chinese-American girlfriend Susan Chow as his voices of reason. After Victor holds his own against wrestler Frankie the Thumper in an arm wrestling match, Frankie who is seen as the strongest man in the neighborhood, and after seeing the lucrative wrestling matches - which are more like street fights without rules - at the underground nightclub called Paradise Alley, Cosmo gets it into his head that wrestling may be Victor's calling and a way for them all to get out of Hell's Kitchen for good. The brothers would act...Written by
His role as Frankie was the first feature film role for real life professional wrestler Terry Funk. It would begin an acting career in films and television that continues after more than 35 years. See more »
In the opening scene, Stallone mentions that they have to jump across 10 roof tops to win the $5 prize that is on the tenth rooftop. During the opening credits, Stallone jumps exactly 14 times to reach the final rooftop. See more »
We're brothers doesn't that mean anything to you?
Yes that means a lot to me. It means there's a lot of bananas
hanging off the family tree.
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Opening credits use the 1940s Universal logo. See more »
All UK versions are cut by 42 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of a tethered and gagged monkey in Cosmo's closet. See more »
if this were released today, it would be a huge hit
... and maybe pick up an award or two. This movie is very well-done on every level, and LOT of fun to watch. Stallone's characterization of a lazy goofball who wants everybody else to bust their butts to make his dreams come true for him is just brilliant, possibly his very best performance. Actually, there's not a single bad performance in this whole movie and that's saying a lot, considering that some of the major roles were filled by guys who were professional boxers or wrestlers. In addition, the sets/costumes/lighting give a very good sense of place and time -- only the hairdos on the female leads tip you off that this was made in the late '70s.
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