DEMPSEY [ 1983 ], directed by Gus Trikonis.
I've been looking forward to seeing this film for many years, and not because it's any good ('cuz it really isn't), but because it is the only biographical film to this day, depicting the life and times of my idol Jack Dempsey that I know of. I couldn't find it for so long, and finally I did, by running into it by accident.
What do we have here is basically the true story about Jack Dempsey (Treat Williams), one of the most famous professional US boxers who made his name in the 1920's, the golden era of boxing, as the world heavyweight champion and media sensation.
To keep it short, I am just going to say, the film did everything it could back then to be what it is today, an averege television film, that uses the most overused sport in film as it's substance.
Williams is a good actor, but I had a hard time accepting him as the lead man. His portrayal of Dempsey seems so uncharismatic and borring, that maybe if the film's story took place some other time, and he played a fictional character instead, it would have made no difference.
Boxing matches aren't well choreographed as they could be, but slightly better then in some other films from the 80's I've seen. Yet, it's no where near as good as "Rocky". I am fine with the casting choices made here, especially Sam Waterston, who played Dempsey's manager Doc Kearns. His character here was even more likable then the hero himself.
Everyone else just does his or her job. Nothing special.
Anyways, I think this movie is ok for a boxing drama, especially for a fan of the sport such as myself, and it certainly is watchable, but most of you may find it borring. I give it a 6/10, and really hope, that one day, the story of Jack Dempsey gets revisited and we see the man get his well deserved modern biopic.
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