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Tough Enough (1983)

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An aspiring country/western singer, whose money is disappearing faster than his career opportunities, enters a "Tough Man" amateur boxing contest to earn some cash to pay his bills. ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Fleischer (as Richard O. Fleischer)

Writer:

John Leone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Art Long
Carlene Watkins ... Caroline Long
Stan Shaw ... P.T. Coolidge
Pam Grier ... Myra
Warren Oates ... James Neese
Bruce McGill ... Tony Fallon
Wilford Brimley ... Bill Long
Fran Ryan ... Gert Long
Christopher Norris Christopher Norris ... Christopher Long
Terra Perry Terra Perry ... Wet T-Shirt Girl
Big John Hamilton Big John Hamilton ... Big John
Steve Ward Steve Ward ... Heckler in Torreyson's
Susan Benn ... Girl in Torreyson's
Mark Edson Mark Edson ... Janitor in Torreyson's
Steve 'Monk' Miller Steve 'Monk' Miller ... Tigran Baldasarian
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Storyline

An aspiring country/western singer, whose money is disappearing faster than his career opportunities, enters a "Tough Man" amateur boxing contest to earn some cash to pay his bills. Amazingly enough, he wins it, and is picked to go onto the national finals. He's torn between his first love, music, and the glitz, glamor and money of the "Tough Man" world. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"Rocky" without rules See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tough Dreams See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dennis Quaid sings in this movie as he had done in the then recent picture The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981) about two years earlier. See more »

Goofs

During the final fight, blood is spattered across the front of Tony Fallon's suit but when shown shortly afterward, the blood has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Gert Long: What's wrong?
Art Long: "What's wrong?" What? Can't a son come visit his parents without something being wrong?
Gert Long: Not usually. What's the matter?
Art Long: [Laughs shyly & turns away]
Gert Long: BILL! Bill! Art & Caroline have had a fight!
Bill Long: They'll work it out.
Art Long: No, we haven't had a fight!
Bill Long: See there? They've already worked it out.
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Connections

Referenced in Fight Valley (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Let Me Dream Alone
Music & Lyrics by Michael Lloyd and Mark Fleischer
Sung by Mickey Gilley
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Quaid makes it very watchable
15 June 2001 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

A guy who fights for the money but dreams of being a singer...sounds a lot like a script that had Elvis' fingerprints on it. Dennis Quaid is perfectly cast in this small, non-offensive drama, as a guy with a dream, a mean streak and a guitar who uses his status as a fighter to get a recording contract. He is helped by Stan Shaw and Pam Grier and his wife and makes it to Detroit for the National Tough Man competition. Nice to see Stan Shaw play a character who isn't barefoot and in overalls - he patented the backwards kid in the back woods in such movies as "The Great Santini" and "Fried Green Tomatoes."

Movie is a little dated and there's not a whole lot that is memorable, but on the other hand its not a waste of time either.


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