Paradise Alley (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

Paradise Alley (1978)




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Film auteur Sylvester Stallone wrote, directed, and stars in this re-working of Rocky to fit an old-fashioned Hollywood formula, depicting three brothers from New York's Hell's Kitchen of the 1940s who want to claw their way out of poverty. Lee Canalito is the muscle-brained iceman Victor, and Armand Assante is the embittered, crippled war veteran Lenny. But the smooth-talking con man brother Cosmo (Sylvester Stallone), sees beef-cake Victor's fists as their ticket out of the slums. Cosmo, ever the manipulator, convinces the dull-witted Victor to participate in a series of bone-crunching wrestling matches as Kid Salami. Cosmo and Lenny exploit Victor's brute strength to grab the fast money on the wrestling circuit. But their climb to success is halted when the local gangster Stitch (Kevin Conway) puts up his malicious and dangerous wrestler Frankie the Thumper (Terry Funk) to fight against Kid Salami in a 22-round meat-pounder.

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Sylvester Stallone
as Cosmo Carboni
Frank McRae
as Big Glory
Terry Funk
as Franky the Thumper
Aimee Eccles
as Susan Chow
Tom Waits
as Mumbles
Chick Casey
as Doorman
Fredi O. Gordon
as Paradise Alley Hooker
Lydia Goya
as Bar Room Hooker
James J. Casino
as Paradise Alley Bartender
Patricia Spann
as Bar Room Hooker
Michael Jeffers
as Paradise Alley Bum
Max Leavitt
as Mr. Giambelli
Polli Magaro
as Fat Lady
John Monks Jr.
as Mickey, the Bartender
Ted di Biase
as Wrestler
Leo Nanas
as Store Owner
Dick Murdoch
as Wrestler
Frank Pesce
as Skinny the Hand
Ray Stevens
as Wrestler
Jay York
as Wrestler
John Zenda
as Wrestler
Jeff Wald
as Sticky
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Critic Reviews for Paradise Alley

All Critics (5)

The setting, the excellent cinematography, and sense of humor makes us forgive Sylvester Stallone's many excesses. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Equal parts unintentionally hilarious, unbearably earnest, and shamelessly derivative.

May 10, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Paradise Alley

From the beginning we knew it was going to be a film that's never going to take itself seriously as we have Stallone singing the soundtrack in the opening scene, As for the film well it's directed, Written by Stallone and Rocky was still fresh in 87 and you can tell that it was a big influence, apart from it's about wrestling not boxing and Stallone is the trainer, He trains his brother who like Rocky is not the sharpest tool in the shed but is good at what he does and has a big heart, The whole film just felt like a wrestling remake of Rocky, It starts very slow but soon picks up when the fights start, As for the fights they were pretty well done, My only problem was there was the cringe worthy humour thrown in that sometimes was funny but most just silly that kind of ruind parts of the film, Overall it's underrated and yet another film Stallone deserves credit for but won't be remembered for it.

Jamie Clarke
Jamie Clarke

Super Reviewer

Good Sly film. :) I still love Rocky the most though. :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


You've gotta love the lunk, another fight show with a big heart, one-man show as Stallone wrote, directed, acted, and sang the theme song in his first followup to Rocky. This time the story's based around three Italian brothers and their attempts to make money out of the youngest's wrestling ability. With Terry Funk (champion westler, see Beyond The Mat for more details) and Tom Waits in his film debut as the piano-playing no typecasting there then. Surprisingly enjoyable, especially If you like 70's films in general, Rocky in particular or wrestling in the rain.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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