Realistic depiction of the great boxer
Len Feder | 06/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The casting was excellent. A boxer named Corey Wallace played Joe Louis. He looked like him, except that he had a belly. Louis was trim. In some of the big fights, Schmeling, Baer, Carnera, they show actual fight footage, so you see the real Joe Louis. The actor who played Louis's trainer Jack Blackburn was a young guy in a ridiculous bald wig. The movie begins with Marciano beating Louis up, then goes to the happier, earlier days. It's a good movie about a fighter who has his supporters for greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. I shut it off rather than watch the sad parts at the end."
I CAN'T BELIEVE NO ONE HAS REVIEWED THIS!
x0r n3g4r10u2 | lost | 10/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i'm reviewing the 1953 film, not the dvd.
ok, i don't actually have the words for it all at the moment. it's pretty late. i can absolutely say that this film deserves proper attention for such a prolific figure in our recent past.
the film, production-wise, could've used a more loving touch, but it was a film about black people, starring mostly blacks in serious roles. this wasn't exactly expected to be a blockbuster for this reason, i'm sure, which is certainly a shame. this film is very deep. i can't help but watch it whenever given the chance.
i guess [...] sums it up very well: "The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.""