... All the Marbles

... All the Marbles

Director: Robert Aldrich

Cast: Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick, Laurene Landon

     
 

Director Robert Aldrich's last film, All the Marbles stars Peter Falk as a "win-at-all-costs" type manager of a ladies tag-team wrestling combo. These girls are good and Falk wants them great. And he doesn't really care what they've got to do to get there. (This film's "R" rating is not for Raunchy, but it could be for "Revealing.") Following sort of a RockySee more details below

Overview

Director Robert Aldrich's last film, All the Marbles stars Peter Falk as a "win-at-all-costs" type manager of a ladies tag-team wrestling combo. These girls are good and Falk wants them great. And he doesn't really care what they've got to do to get there. (This film's "R" rating is not for Raunchy, but it could be for "Revealing.") Following sort of a Rocky theme, this film finds our ladies tag team climbing its way to the top of the women's wrestling world where they face off against the world's best.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Robert Aldrich's final film is a fitting crowd-pleaser of a coda to his directing career. Mel Frohman's script is a satisfying mixture of character piece, road movie and sports-competition flick (complete with a rousing wrestling-ring finale tailor-made for Aldrich's skills). The comedic dialogue has a profane charm to it and the characterizations have a colorful edge that enhances the film's pulpy feel. All The Marbles also benefits from spot-on casting. Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon both bring plenty of eye-candy appeal to their roles but there's more to their performances that that: Frederick lends a real emotional gravity to her struggles with her chosen career and Landon has a girlish charm that is positively ingratiating. However, All The Marbles really belongs to Peter Falk, whose grizzled charisma is a natural fit for the role of the manager. He hits the ideal blend of never-say-die wit and world-weariness to instantly convince the audience and his tireless scheming to ensure his girls come on out on top at the finale is unexpectedly moving. Aldrich's direction offers a nice blend of light and shade: he can play it subtle during the film's moodier, more dramatic moments but he brings a muscular, visceral touch to the wrestling matches that really sells them. His crowning achievement is the finale, which is masterfully choreographed for maximum impact and atmosphetically shot by Joseph Biroc. In short, All The Marbles is a winner for any Aldrich fan and worth a look to anyone interested in sports films.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
UPC:
0883316194898
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
29,812

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Falk Harry
Vicki Frederick Iris
Laurene Landon Molly
Burt Young Eddie Cisco
Tracy Reed Diane
Ursaline Bryant-King June
John Hancock Big John Stanley
Claudette Nevins Solly
Richard Jaeckel Referee in Reno
Lenny Montana Jerome
Charlie Dell Merle LeFevre
Cliff Emmich Obese Promoter
Clyde Kusatsu Clyde Yamashita
"Mean" Joe Greene Himself
Alvin Hammer Geisha Doctor
Angela Aames Louise
Stanley Brock Myron
Susan Mechsner Creature #1
Faith Minton Big Mama
William Kulzer Akron Referee
Don Brodie Reno Timekeeper
Lennie Bremen No-Name Promoter
Gloria Hayes Jerome's Girlfriend
Perry Cook Doctor
Charles Anderson Body Builder
Steven White Body Builder
Cosmo Sardo Barber
Ernie Fuentes Man with Dice
Nick Shields Warehouse Player
Susan Barnes Merie's Wife
Chuck Hicks Thug
Gary McLarty Thug

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director
William Aldrich Producer
Carl Anderson Production Designer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Walter Blake Associate Producer
Richard S. Church Sound/Sound Designer
Frank deVol Score Composer
Mel Frohman Screenwriter
Richard Lane Editor
Bob Mackie Costumes/Costume Designer
Chuck Myers Asst. Director
Beala Neel Art Director
Irving Rosenblum Editor
Eddie Saeta Associate Producer
William Turner Makeup

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >