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      Monkey on My Back

      Released May 29, 1957 1 hr. 33 min. Biography List
      Reviews 45% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score In this fact-based film, star prizefighter Barney Ross (Cameron Mitchell) puts his career on hold to fight in World War II. He soon distinguishes himself through his courageous service, but later becomes infected with malaria. He is sent home and treated with morphine, to which he soon becomes addicted. As he descends further into the throes of his deadly habit, his courageous wife, Cathy (Dianne Foster), vows to help her husband kick his addiction before it kills him. Read More Read Less

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      delysid d kind of cool oldies drug addiction film Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/01/18 Full Review Audience Member Barney Ross wasn't a heavyweight but rather a welterweight, dumbo. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member (*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member another boxing bio-pic Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This is the true story of Barney Ross. A heavyweight boxer and World War II Veteran. After almost getting everything he needs in life he is shot in war and has to take Morphine to help stop the pain. He then can not stop his urge to use Morphine. It later tears his entire life apart and almost looses his wife and kids. I definitely recommend this movie because it has everything. Romance, War, Boxing, and a little bit of Comedy. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Effective bio-pic from Andre De Toth. The direction is very energetic and the complex visuals make for an engaging film. The war scenes and the withdrawal scenes manage to be both gritty and proto-surreal. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A well-intentioned but nevertheless unimaginative and dreary biopic on welterweight boxing champion Barney Ross. Rated: C+ Jun 11, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In this fact-based film, star prizefighter Barney Ross (Cameron Mitchell) puts his career on hold to fight in World War II. He soon distinguishes himself through his courageous service, but later becomes infected with malaria. He is sent home and treated with morphine, to which he soon becomes addicted. As he descends further into the throes of his deadly habit, his courageous wife, Cathy (Dianne Foster), vows to help her husband kick his addiction before it kills him.
      Director
      Andre de Toth
      Screenwriter
      Crane Wilbur, Anthony Veiller, Paul Dudley
      Production Co
      Imperial Pictures (II)
      Genre
      Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 29, 1957, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 17, 2017
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