Taxi (1978–1983)
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One-Punch Banta 

Tony gets a chance to spar with a world champion. And when he knocks the man down, he gets a bout with a ranked fighter. Everyone but Louie supports him. But before the fight he learns what really happened between him and the champ.

Director:

James Burrows

Writers:

James L. Brooks (created by), Stan Daniels (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Judd Hirsch ... Alex Reiger
Jeff Conaway ... Bobby Wheeler
Danny DeVito ... Louie De Palma
Marilu Henner ... Elaine Nardo
Tony Danza ... Tony Banta
Randall Carver ... John Burns
Andy Kaufman ... Latka Gravas
Allan Arbus ... Jerry Martin
Carlos Palomino Carlos Palomino ... Himself (as Welterweight Champion of the World Carlos Palomino)
Ron Rich ... Attendant
Dwight Woody Dwight Woody ... Opponent
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Tony gets a chance to spar with a world champion. And when he knocks the man down, he gets a bout with a ranked fighter. Everyone but Louie supports him. But before the fight he learns what really happened between him and the champ.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Carlos Palomino actually punches Tony Danza in the face in the short locker room fight - Danza plays along with the choreographed moves, but Palomino looks surprised for a second before he drops back into character and walks out. See more »

Quotes

Tony Banta: Y'know, I never had a robe before of my own. I'd go in with just a towel wrapped around my neck. Once the announcer said, "In this corner, Holiday Inn!" I guess what I'm tryin' to say is thanks.
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Connections

References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

From This Moment On
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Performed by Danny DeVito
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Tony Gets His Shot In The Ring
4 February 2010 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

In this boxing story starry Tony Danza, Carlos Palomino, who plays "The Champ" was a real-life boxer and a good one. He was the former Welterweight Champion Of the World. He also was a pretty fair actor and has a decent resume in that occupation, too.

Alan Arbus, the actor who plays Carlos' manager, had a familiar face and voice. I couldn't place it until looking up his resume here on IMDb. Arbus played the psychiatrist on MASH - "Sidney Freeman!" Sidney was the soft-spoken shrink who was on about a dozen episodes, trying to help the poor doctors at the MASH unit in Korea, guys like "Hawkeye" and "B.J."

Anyway, Danza ("Tony Banta" in this series) gets to play a role he probably enjoyed playing, that of an amateur boxer who thinks he might be pretty good. He gets support from everyone but you-know-who: "Louie DePalma," the most despicable Taxi dispatcher in TV. I won't say who gets the last laugh here in this episode, but it might surprise you.


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