A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
Chuck Wepner, the "Bayonne Bleeder," he was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It's the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame-but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up?Written by
Chuck tells Linda the bartender that she takes a good license photo, but New Jersey didn't start putting photos on licenses until the late 1990s. See more »
Chuck Wepner served his prison time in East Jersey State Prison in Rahway, NJ, not Northern State Prison in Newark, NJ, as depicted in the movie. This is where he met Sylvester Stallone while filming "Lock Up" in 1989. See more »
A worthy attempt to tell the story of the story that inspired the story that was Rocky. Where Rocky was about hope and triumph, this is a cautionary tale against blind ambition. Kind of the antithesis to Rocky if you like.
What Rocky was based on was Wepner's supposed 'knock-down' of Ali in March '75. A million to one shot who almost went the distance. Yet if you watch the actual footage of the Wepner/Ali fight you'll see it really wasn't a knock-down as Wepner had stepped on Ali's foot making him lose his balance and fall.
As a result Wepner still becomes a minor celebrity in his own right yet takes a wrong turn as he neglects his family, indulges in sex and drugs and the party lifestyle all the whilst deluding himself he's some big shot.
There is fun to be had with this and it really gets fun when Stallone enters the picture, played by Morgan Spector; and Lieb Schreiver puts in a quality stand out performance as does Naomi Watts and the supporting cast. This is a decent movie and is An Enjoyable way to pass the time.
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