Paradise Alley

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Nominally set in 1946, in the poverty-trap of Hell's Kitchen, but pitched waveringly between Rocky, Guys and Dolls, and some prototype Warner Brothers Depression drama of the preceding decade, Stallone's hit-and-miss directorial debut (he also writes, stars and sings the theme song) maps the classic escape route via the ring (wrestling this time) with a unique style of baroque excess. The plot (Stallone scheming himself and his two brothers uptown on the tails of ambitious gimmickry) is shot full of sentimental holes; but the creation of a floridly fantasticated netherworld of low-life high-rollers and their inevitably multi-coloured circumlocutions is irresistible.

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Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Screenwriter: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone
Lee Canalito
Armand Assante
Frank McRae
Anne Archer
Kevin Conway
Aimée Eccles
Tom Waits
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