Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Anne Archer, Armand Assante, Lee Canalito, Chick Casey, James J. Casino
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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A lot better than expected
Mr. N. P. Iremonger | uk | 09/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seeing as iv'e been a fan of sylvester stallone since i was a kid you always apart from rocky expect his movies to be full of OTT action, good guy vs the usally over the top bad guy this movie was no exception you have Cosmo carboni (stallone)playing a low class bum in the heat that is hells kichen, he is accompaned by his two brothers armand assante and lee canalito who at present are stuck in a rut and dont know what do to witrh their lifes until sly comes up with the idea to turn his bother (canalito) into a wrestler, there are times in the movie when the screenplay drags a slight bit but its overshadowed by the great acting from sly and assante. Rember the OTT bit? this is played to perfection by franky the thumper who most pro wrestling fans will know as terry funk his crazy acting coupled with intimadating physique gave me the impression while i was wacthing that sly and co are in over their heads something you dont really feel when wacthing other stallone movies,the movie is directed by stallone and even the opening song is sung by him its not as bad as you think ...honest"
Worth it for the opening alone
Count Alucard | 08/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm buying this for the opening scene alone with Sly singing the Paradise Alley theme."
Not Baker's or Haas' Movie
Thal Ajoni | UK | 12/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
SYLVESTER STALLONE stars in a comedy about NY life in the 1940's. Three brothers, stooges, fail at multiple attempts to make it out of the slums of Hell's Kitchen. In trying to make the big bucks, they neglect the one thing that matters, Love. In realizing this, the little brother makes a decision that might jeopardize their big Blue Heaven.
I thought the movie was funny in every scene, but it wasn't so funny as a movie. If that makes sense. I thought this may have been due to poor direction, STALLONE'S debut. It would make a very good Theatre production. Cutting a few scenes out of the picture, would have made it a better movie (example: ice cream scene).
A few things about the movie stand out. Firstly, this is legendary singer/songwriter TOM WAITS' Hollywood debut. Any TOM WAITS fan will want to get this movie, just to watch those few glorious moments over and over again.
Secondly, SYLVESTER STALLONE sings the theme song. This is priceless. If you've watched his career blossom, and are able to observe the contradiction in his newly found intellectualism, then you will appreciate hearing him sing a theme song for a movie. I rank this action second to hearing WILLIAM SHATNER'S rendition of 'Rocketman'. Very nice.
Thirdly, the lines spoken by a thug mentioned in a previous review are truely classic.
So it's a great picture, however, the optimum enjoyment for this movie is to be experienced in parts, by previewing one scene, before that evening's alternate DVD is queued.
David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 01/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sly Stallone's directorial debut is a self-indulgent mess ripe with overwrought dialogue and broad characterizations. The film does not start out swimmingly with Stallone croaking the title song over the opening credits. Maybe Sly's intention was to make baby bro Frank, who makes an appearance here, look like a good singer. Those quibbles aside, this is an eminently likable film. Stallone may have been a little over his head here but it'a a nice try. You're never bored with this effort. His Cosmo Carboni is an affable schemer. He's ably supported by Armande Assante as the brainy Carboni brother and Lee Canalito as the brawn. A good supporting cast is assembled here with Anne Archer, Kevin Conway, Frank McRae, wrestler Terry Funk and singer Tom Waits. I wouldn't exactly call this a misfire because it is enjoyable. Nor is it your typical vanity project. Let's just call it an admirable endeavor on Stallone's part."