Reviewed byJoseph Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 9/10/10
Bogart is excellent as usual in this his last performance. There aretimes when his eyes are puddled up and it really makes you wonder: washe in pain or really that good? My answer is "yes" to both questions.Cancer would claim him within 15 months of this movie. He has a look ofweariness here and it fits the character well. A first rate ending to adistinguished career. This movie is a perfect timecapsule for the1950's and one of the better boxing movies of the period (Check outBody and Soul also). Although the ending seems a bit too convenient theperformances are all first rate and this is worth a rental or purchaseif you love Bogie.
Reviewed byProf-Hieronymos-GrostVote: 9/10/10
Eddie Willis(Humphrey Bogart) is a down on his luck boxing critic whohas just lost job when his newspaper goes bust. Nick Benko(Rod Steiger)a crooked boxing promoter hears of this and invites Eddie over todiscuss some business,Benko wants him to use his press connections topromote his new boxer the Argentinian Toro Moreno,a brute of a man butwith little or no talent for boxing.Eddie laughs off Moreno's chancesin a ring with anyone, but as Benko later explains the fights are goingto be fixed and Edie can have a percentage of the takings. A more hardhitting and gritty boxing drama you might find hard to find, the filmreally exposes the seedy under belly of the sport with all itscorruption and vices. Its often been mooted that Bogart's last screenrole was possibly his best and I can see why, there is a depth in hischaracter that was not always there in some of his roles, Steiger toois phenomenal as in fact are the whole cast. Robson's direction isalways assured and the pacing is nigh on perfect. A word too forBurnett Guffey's cinematography which captures the wonderful locationsand fight scenes beautifully.A Swan song that delivers a fitting endfor a legend.
Reviewed byjjclark611Vote: 9/10
Bogart is excellent as usual in this his last performance. There are times when his eyes are puddled up and it really makes you wonder: was he in pain or really that good? My answer is "yes" to both questions. Cancer would claim him within 15 months of this movie. He has a look of weariness here and it fits the character well. A first rate ending to a distinguished career. This movie is a perfect timecapsule for the 1950's and one of the better boxing movies of the period (Check out Body and Soul also). Although the ending seems a bit too convenient the performances are all first rate and this is worth a rental or purchase if you love Bogie.
After 17 years as a recognized and respected sports journalist in New York City, Eddie Willis finds himself out of a job when his newspaper folds. He's approached by a major fight promoter, Nick Benko, to act as a public relations man for his new heavyweight fighter Toro Moreno. Eddie knows the how the fight game works and after watching Toro in the ring, realizes Toro is nothing but a stiff who has no hope of succeeding. Benko offers him a sizable salary and an unlimited expense account and given his financial situation, he agrees. Benko's strategy to make money is one that has been used time again. Starting in California and moving east, they arrange a series of fights for Toro with stiffs and has-beens. All of the fights are rigged to build up his record and get him a fight with the heavyweight champion, Buddy Brannen, where they will make a sizable profit at the gate. Along the way, one boxer gets killed in the ring and Eddie begins to have serious doubts about what he is doing.