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Terrible Joe Moran (1984)

A wheelchair-bound, former boxer deals with his long estranged granddaughter whom is seeking financial help for her writing career and helping her loser boyfriend get out of debt with the local mob.

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Joseph Sargent

Writer:

Frank Cucci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Joe Moran
Art Carney ... Tony
Ellen Barkin ... Ronnie
Peter Gallagher ... Nick
Joseph Sirola ... Capo
Ed Koch ... Moe
Floyd Patterson ... Floyd Patterson
Harris Laskawy Harris Laskawy ... Minty
Lawrence Tierney ... Pico
Terrance Ellis ... Young Hopeful (as Terry Ellis)
Peter DeAnello Peter DeAnello ... Young Boxer
Susan Lowden Susan Lowden ... Lady with Dog
Anna Berger ... Real Estate Agent
Andrew MacMillan Andrew MacMillan ... Announcer
Maurice Shrog Maurice Shrog ... Benny the Wino
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Storyline

James Cagney (in his final role) plays a wheelchair-bound former boxing champion whose long estranged granddaughter, an aspiring writer, pops back in his life first searching for money to help her ne'er-do-well boyfriend get off the hook with mafia types for various loans, and later she redevelops a familial bond with the old man. Written by matt-282

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terrible Joe Moran See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The story was originally intended as a vehicle for Katharine Hepburn, with the main character a retired tennis champion. When she declined the project, it was re-written for James Cagney, with the lead character changed to a retired boxer. See more »

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Features Winner Take All (1932) See more »

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Why Jimmy???
30 April 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If James Cagney had been in good health this would have been a good film. Even if he had to play the role in a wheelchair we would have seen the incredible Cagney bounce at work.

It's a nice story the rest of the cast gives good performances. But the whole time you're watching this, you're thinking of Jimmy Cagney dancing off the wall in Yankee Doodle Dandy or shooting it out on the run in the finale of The Roaring Twenties or even that non-stop frenetic pace of One Two Three. And to see him in this wheelchair barely able to say his dialog is painful to watch. I understand that Rich Little was brought in to dub what the microphone couldn't pick up.

No James Cagney fan should have to see this.


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