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Below the Belt (1980)

A New York City waitress decides to become a professional wrestler.

Director:

Robert Fowler

Writers:

Rosalyn Drexler (novel), Robert Fowler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Baff ... Rosa Rubinsky
John C. Becher John C. Becher ... Bobby Fox
Mildred Burke Mildred Burke ... Herself
James Gammon ... Luke
Annie McGreevey Annie McGreevey ... The Beautiful Boomerang
Billie Mahoney Billie Mahoney ... Jean
Ric Mancini Ric Mancini ... Tio
Jane O'Brien Jane O'Brien ... Terrible Tommy
Titi Paris Titi Paris ... Hilda
Sierra Pecheur Sierra Pecheur ... Verne Vavoom
Gregory Rozakis ... Peddler
Frazer Smith Frazer Smith ... Terry Glantz
Shirley Stoler ... Trish
Dolph Sweet ... LeRoi
K.C. Townsend ... Thalia
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Storyline

Rosa Rubinsky is floundering in her life both personally and professionally. Small time radio talk show host Terry Glantz is the latest in the long line of her steady but not really committed boyfriends. And she works in a dead end job as a waitress in a sports arena. Bobby Fox, who sees her physically handle the unwanted advances of a co-worker, is a professional wrestling promoter who thinks she looks like a natural for the sport despite she being diminutive in size. Mutually parting ways with both her current job and with Terry, Rosa decides to give it a try. She is sent to professional wrestling school, and then on the road with Bobby's stable of wrestlers to watch and learn. In both situations, what Rosa also learns is that there is much camaraderie amongst the wrestlers out of emotional need as it is a lonely life. While some look for their soul mate within their traveling partners, others just want a body - any body - to keep them warm at night. She also learns the pros and ... Written by Huggo

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R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1981 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Golpe Bajo See more »

Filming Locations:

Rhode Island, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Filmed in 1974, not released until 1980. See more »

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Not a bad movie, but "All The Marbles" still reigns supreme
23 August 2008 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

I picked this movie up mainly because I love female wrestling. From that perspective, I have to report that I was somewhat disappointed: although it shows some great moves here and there, "Below The Belt" does not contain nearly as much wrestling action as I expected. Even the final showdown is more of a ring brawl than a wrestling match. Most of the time the film is focused on painting a particularly unglamorous portrait of the "life on the road" of an independent pro-wrestling troupe, and although a lot of it feels real, there are a few too many songs on the soundtrack and a few too many traveling shots. Fortunately, our female lead Regina Baff is able to carry the movie with a winning performance; she is also VERY attractive in an everywoman sort of way (a woman does not need to have Playboy-model looks to be attractive), and seems to have done all of her wrestling stunts herself. "Below The Belt" is worth a look for anyone interested in the subject, but "All The Marbles" is still the king of this limited sub-genre. (**1/2)


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