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Plot: Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York, 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. Runtime: 107 mins Release Date: 22 Sep 1978
Yeah, and "Saving Private Ryan" and "Sgt Bilko" were similar as well. (by oxymoron-3)
THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT FILM. I have never understood why this movie got such bad reviews or such a bad rap. I personally think it is one of Stallones Better Films. I am in fact one of 10 who gave it a 10. I think next to "Copland" and the original "Rocky" it is in fact Stallones best work. I thought the film had a lot going for it not the least of which was great direction and cinematography. And anyone who has the perception to use Tom Waits as a Bartender can't be all bad. I thought the characters were well acted and I thought the story had much depth of field in it. <more>
I found no similarity at all between Charlie Chaplin and Armand Assante, unless one thinks, Sgt Bilko and Saving Private Ryan are similar simply because they are both soldiers. What all those who use a cane are Charlie? 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. I think it is likely that Mr. Stallone himself has been convinced that this is a bad film. I promise you Sly it is a very good film in this viewers opinion. In fact twenty years from now, when it can just be viewed anew and without gile and critics are no longer busy being clever or cute this in fact be one of the greatest sleepers of all time. If you are one of those that voted 8, 9, or 10 on this film, I would like to hear from you. If you didn't that's your opinion and your stuck with it.
Paradise Alley a forgotten jewel (by athena-no-sainto)
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. this film is nostalgic, beautiful and powerful.In my opinion it must have been a longer film,and Stallone should have developed the brothers characters and the relationship of his brother with the Asian girl a little bit more.But anyway everything on the film works perfect.This movie was made after Rocky, is the debut Stallone as <more>
a director,this film is been unjustly forgotten and it must be rediscover.Sylvester Stallone is a great actor, director and writer and is unfair how the critics have been treating him during the years.Paradise Alley is a great film.
This film has got to be the best thing next to Rocky 1 that Sly has done. Though I had yet to be born in 1946, I know some of those people, that is the main reason that it is one of my fav's of all time. Every one of them was a freak and the whole film was a freak show. I lived a long time in south Baltimore and Bunchi, Victor, Len, Frankie, and even Cosmo I have known in real life. The time and place were perfect, it was well shot and easy to follow as it should have been for this type of film. The roof race, the Christmas cheer truck ride, the ice block on the stairs, Bunchi's <more>
Christmas presents scene, this is great stuff. Am I biased cause it's a city movie, yea I am but I gave it a 10 for a lot of reasons other than that.
A great frickin' movie is what this is...... (by sanjr1)
People get a hold of yourselves. Let's not fight about this. Plain & simple this movie rules!! It is so innocent & sincere that people who don't like it aren't really watching the movie...they're thinking' to themselves "Stallone got too popular too quick & He's got a fat head since the Oscars, I don't like the mumble mouthed prick at all" This movie is a throwback to films of the 40's when you went to the movies for a great story with characters you can care about. No car chases, no mutants lookin' to propagate & most importantly <more>
no unnecessary violence. It's just a good movie with great performances & a lotta heart. Stallone wrote & directed & even sang the theme song & he did a fine job with all three....even the theme song Although I still can't understand all the lyrics !! Just do yourself a favor and buy it. You can get it for $6-9 dollars at wal-mart or best buy. Go home & enjoy it. It really is a whole lotta fun.
Definitely worth seeing. An excellent film. (by wannall)
Its advocates have spoken pretty well here, so I won't add much except to say that I was happy to vote it 10 to counterbalance the grossly undeserved low ratings. In fact, it's more like 8.5 or 9, so stretching to 10 didn't hurt at all, for fairness.I don't remember how I wound up seeing the film in a theater, no less! , but I distinctly remember how I felt coming out: "Stallone wrote THIS! And he DIRECTED!?!?!?!? Boy, this guy's GOOD!"I liked Arthur Rose's comments in another comment, probably above mine, that Stallone had probably been persuaded that this <more>
was a bad film. I suspect he's right, and it may be why he never took on another project as worthwhile as this one. It's a fine story of very believable people in tough circumstances, and not all the resolutions are Hollywood-approved. There are people in here with actual moral problems. And they have consequences.I think it's hard for some people to watch exactly because it is about very believable people. It's one thing to see the cartoonish figures in our modern action films betray each other left and right. It's quite different to see a brother manipulate and betray his own brother in a way that is not slick, or glamorous, or anything but slimy.I'm surprised at how much, all of a sudden, I want to find the film and see it again. See it without the preconceptions that prevent otherwise sensible persons from giving Stallone his due. If you can enjoy an intelligent story about real human beings, you will respect this film.
I don't know what happened to Stallone after he made this movie. He showed so much talent in this movie that was never to be repeated. I keep seeing Cobra, what a joke. How can the same guy be in both movies? Did he get a head injury or something? My favorite part is when Victor drops the ice down the stairs. Very symbolic, sad in a way. He finally realized that he was wasting his time on the "straight" life. In all, a very enjoyable movie. I have seen this movie about 5 times, and I plan to watch it again when it comes on. The problem is that the people who control the <more>
programming want Rambo and Rocky. Good movies in their own way, but both lack the depth of Paradise Alley. OK, the first Rocky was pretty good. I wont discuss Cobra, it's not worth discussing. Watch this movie if you get a chance, it's worth your time..
if this were released today, it would be a huge hit (by itsbarrie)
... 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 <more>
hairdos on the female leads tip you off that this was made in the late '70s.
This is a good fun, adventure movie made at the height of Sylvester Stallone's critical popularity he was awarded for Rocky 1976 . Working hard as Paradise Alley's Writer, Director and Star, Sly does amazingly well, and his script and energetic direction are both full of color and finesse. Sly gets the best out of his main co-stars, Armande Assante and Lee Canalito, who along with Sly make up the underdog Carboni brothers. As Cosmo, Sly is a fun loving, wisecracking, con-man, who, unlike Rocky, is an unlikeable and unredeeming character. Somehow though, perhaps its with the shadow of <more>
Rocky over him, Stallone turns Cosmo into a likeable character, the heart and soul of the picture and gets you rooting for him and his brothers. Armand Assante as Lenny Carboni, is the movies most interesting character, he turns virtually over night from a good natured itallian catholic boy, into a tough, street wise Wrestling promoter, because he gives into the world he was born into. Lee Canalito gives a slightly amaturish performance as Victor, not surprising as he wasn't an actor prior to this film. However, with Canalito's physical appearance, and syrupy voice you never once doubt the inner animal waiting to escape the child, and Canalito, as Kid Salami is every bit as good as Sly as Rocky, in the wrestling scenes here. It is also nice to see Stallone regulars Frank McRae, as fallen Wrestling legend Big Glory in a heart breaking scene with Stallone's Cosmo, and Rocky's Mr Gazzo, Joe Spinelli turns up almost unrecognisably, as a garrish, wrestling ring master. It is not hard however to see why this film failed. At times it doesn't know what sort of movie it wants to be. Should it go for the laughs or the sentimentality? Is Stallone's character the hero or is it Assante's? Stallone turns out an efficient movie, his first time as director, but it really needed someone like John G Avildsen, no stranger to sports movies with Rocky, and Rocky V 1990 A Power of One 1989 , not to mention The Karate Kid series, to just smooth out those rough edges. 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. 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. However, Paradise Alley is a well made, acted and enjoyable romp. With fantastically coreographed Wrestling scenes, good characters and a nice breezy pace, and an emotion and adrenaline charged Bill Conti music score to die for. 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.8/10
One of Stallone's most underrated films (by Woodyanders)
1940's. Hell's Kitchen. Shrewd, fast-talking, and ambitious con man Cosmo Carboni well played by Sylvester Stallone, who also wrote, directed, and even sings the theme song! 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. Stallone blends sentiment and seaminess into a tasty offbeat mix that manages to find just the right balance of grit, humor, warmth, and pathos. Better <more>
still, Stallone presents a vivid and flavorsome evocation of the period setting along with a beautifully lurid underworld milieu that's both captivating and appealing in equal measure. Armand Assante does strong work as Cosmo's cynical and crippled war veteran sibling Lenny. Frank McRae likewise shines with his touching turn as faded and battered washed-up brawler Big Glory. Moreover, there's a delightful array of colorful low-life secondary characters: Kevin Conway as slimy crime kingpin Stitch, Joe Spinell as flashy wrestling ring emcee Burp, and Terry Funk as fearsome brute Frankie the Thumper. This movie further benefits from the charming presence of three attractive ladies: Anne Archer as sassy'n'sultry redhead dance hall gal Annie, Aimee Eccles as the sweet Susan Chow, and Joyce Ingalls as classy dame Bunchie. Laszlo Kovacs' glittery cinematography provides a striking garish look. Bill Conti's spare harmonic score does the trick, too. A nicely quirky little winner.