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Thursday, May 22, 2008


Loose remake of a twice filmed Warners boxing vehicle, finds Elvis Presley away from his Paramount-Hal Wallis berth for a Mirisch loan-out with low-rent wonder Phil Karlson megging. Karlson lends a smooth touch to the mild dramatics without taking the story, romance or songs too seriously. The fights are well managed; more fun than vicious, yet believable. Elvis’s face is in baby-fat mode, but he’s well matched by the acting demands & seems happy working with a strong cast, especially Charles Bronson as a trainer whose entire backstory lies in a single shot on his twisted leg. Karlson didn’t waste our time.

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