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What's it About

After moving to California with his bum-legged brother (Kennedy), working-class striver Midge Kelly (Douglas) enters the fight game, thanks to small time trainer Tommy (Stewart), who senses in Midge not only raw talent, but an unquenchable drive. His instincts prove correct, as Midge rises quickly through the middleweight ranks. However, along the way, this ruthless fighter throws aside friends, lovers, the mob, and all moral principles to nab a title bout. He may get the chance to be a champion, but not without paying a stiff price.

Why we love it

Douglas is ruthless and utterly riveting in his breakthrough role. Surrounded by a stable of gifted supporting players like Kennedy, Stewart, Marilyn Maxwell (as a high-living, seductive gold digger), and Lola Albright (as Midge's married lover), Douglas embodies the stubborn, selfish qualities that make Midge both a hero and a lost cause. Mark Robson's solid direction and taut pacing further distinguish this excellent boxing drama, which earned six Oscar nods (including one for Kirk), and lots of ringside fans.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"