PG | | Drama
Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.
In an interview with Roger Ebert in 1980, Stallone mentioned that Paradise Alley was originally much longer film before he was forced by Universal Pictures to cut it down. Stallone said; ""I'll never forgive myself for the way I allowed myself to be manipulated during the editing of that film. There were a lot of scenes in there to give atmosphere and character, and they wanted them out just to speed things along. They removed forty scenes, altogether. I put ten of them back in for the version shown on television. For example, the whole sequence of the soldier without legs, sitting on a bar eating peanuts." Same type of studio interference and forced big cuts on the film also happened to the next movie he made for Universal, Nighthawks (1981).
That guy's too stupid to be scared. He's a primitive.
When Cosmo drives Victor's ice truck up on the curb, the back panels fall of before they crash through the window. As the drive away, the wood panels are still on the truck.
Opening credits use the 1940s Universal logo.
All UK versions are cut by 42 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of a tethered and gagged monkey in Cosmo's closet.