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Tough Enough (1983)





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In this drama, a young man decides to finance his dream of becoming a country singer by signing up for a "tough man" amateur boxing contest and becoming a fighter. Although his manager wants him to go all the way, he still can't quite let go of his dream.


Dennis Quaid
as Art Long
Carlene Watkins
as Caroline Long
Stan Shaw
as P.T. (Paul Thomas) Coolidge
Warren Oates
as James Neese
Bruce McGill
as Tony Fallon
Wilford Brimley
as Bill Long
Fran Ryan
as Gert Long
Christopher Norris
as Christopher Long
Terra Perry
as Wet T-Shirt Girl
Steve Ward
as Heckler
Susann Benn
as Girl in Torryson's
Mark Edson
as Janitor
Jim Nickerson
as Jackhammer Malamud
Rodger Kieschnick
as Gregor Samsa
Preston Salisbury
as Ike Kennedy
Darryl Poafbybitty
as Mad Dog Redfeather
Tino Zaragosa
as Mando Chandovar
Charles Griffin
as Ft. Worth Fan
Cloryce Miller
as Cowardly Fighter
Ernest Lee Smith
as Truman Wall
John R. McKee
as Detroit Fan
Eli Cummins
as Gay Bob
Murray Sutherland
as Mad Scotsman
Tody Smith
as Charley Compton
Bennie Moore
as Lionel Trilling
Jackie Kallen
as Detroit Corner Girl
Michael Brown
as TV Show Host
Darlene O'Hara
as Mrs. Wall
Pat Reilly
as Ft. Worth Referee
John Hyden
as Ft. Worth Referee
Doug Lord
as Detroit Referee
Bob Watson
as Detroit Referee
Cindy Judy
as Ring Girl
Susanne Hasty
as Ring Girl
Kathy Lynch
as Ring Girl
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Critic Reviews for Tough Enough

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Tough Enough never quite breaks out of its prizefight cliches, but it's fun anyway, and there are moments when it really works.

November 4, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A not so tough Rocky type of sports drama.

October 12, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Tough Enough is a countrified Rocky wannabe that just isn't good enough.

December 29, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tough Enough


I should watch this again. MMA eat your heart out.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

I have an odd connection to Tough Enough. When I got out of the service in 1986 I went to work in Dallas. One of my coworkers was a big burly dude named Larry. When film crews came to town, as they often did, Larry would go down and line up to be an extra or walk-on. I asked him if it was ever worth the time and effort and he told me about the tiny, non-speaking role he had in this obscure film called 'Tough Enough'. I searched the video stores and found a copy to rent. If you freeze frame one of the fight scenes you can see Larry in the ring being defeated by another 'actor'. The next day at work Larry asked me what I thought. "It was cool to see you but the film wasn't all that great" I said. Larry didn't speak to me for weeks. Apparently I insulted his artistic integrity.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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