it seems like william conrad made a career out of looking tough and leaning up against walls. one of the best boxing flicks i’ve seen; need to see raging bull, but have to say that i liked this more the first time than that one. garfield looks like paul muni and has the physical acting style of james cagney. not as good as either, but a fine performance here. his african-american trainer is played by canada lee and he does a very nice job with a tortured character; should have been nominated for a best supporting actor award. possible influence for the butch boxing scene in pulp fiction. shows the dirty business side of boxing years before north dallas forty did basically the same thing for football.