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All The Marbles 1981

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4.5 out of 5 stars (54) IMDb 6.3/10

The California Dolls are hot, young and dirty (well, muddy). But although the gorgeous tag-team wrestlers may be wallowing in a down-market mud-wrestling bout right now, they have a dream: the championship match at the MGM Grand in Reno.

Starring:
Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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Genres Sports, Drama, Comedy
Director Robert Aldrich
Starring Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick
Supporting actors Laurene Landon, Burt Young, Tracy Reed, Ursaline Bryant, Claudette Nevins, Richard Jaeckel, John Hancock, Lenny Montana, Charlie Dell, Chick Hearn, Cliff Emmich, Clyde Kusatsu, Joe Greene, Marlene Petrilli, Karen McKay, Jonathan Terry, Alvin Hammer, Angela Aames
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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"...All the Marbles" for about the first two-thirds is a standard sports flick with most cliches intact. Even Peter Falk who normally elevates even the most mundane material gives an OK performance as the promoter of two gorgeous lady wrestlers. The film redeems itself immeasurably in the end with the showdown at the MGM Grand between Falk's Dolls and their chief rivals. It's a thrill-a-minute affair that's neatly choreographed that'll have you on the edge of your seat. Director Robert Aldrich's final film requires patience and you'll be rewarded in the end.
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The California Dolls and their manager are upstarts in the violent world of woman wrestling. Harry, Iris, and Molly travel from city to city taking brutal fights for little pay. After winning a non title match against tag team champions the Toledo Tigers. The Dolls fortunes start to change. But as their fame grows a disgruntled promoter and the Toledo Tigers reemerge looking for revenge. The resulting `grudge match' could make the Dolls champions or end their careers.

My favorite thing about All the Marbles was the women wrestling. Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon are very pretty and took a lot of punishment. There were seven matches in the film (3 against `douche schlepers', 3 against the Tigers, and one mud wrestling match). Burt Young had a small but cool role. And Peter Falk was great at playing Harry; a know-it-all that surprisingly knew what he was doing.
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Let's go back to 1981 and 1971 Caddies! realistic portrayal of occasionally realistic athletic exhibition....B movie acting from most of the cast and A movie acting by Peter Falk (and John Hancock, playing the Mgr. of the Toledo Tigers); in fact, he's every bit as entertaining as a Wrestling manager as a police Lieutenant. (His character at times is more Abe Reles from "Murder, Inc.", than "Colombo". Interesting change of pace at the time for TV fans). His ringside exhortations are priceless.

Burt Young is on hand as a gritty, grimey, and often perplexed promoter; lends some "Rocky" veneer to the proceedings. Not exactly a Rocky-veteran at that point, but he breaks thru the screen in his best street guy mode.

around that time Wrestling took on circus proportions yet the girls in this movie are determined to make it on skill. Problem: they are both Playboy pictorial "material"...well, Penthouse; they proudly walk out into the arena, - even if it at times resembles a barnyard. Falk, too, is outside the box/ring - he is obsessed with classic opera and secretly hopes his "students" can absorb the grandeur of grand opera..at least *outside* the ring. unfortunately, at the rate he's going, he couldn't carry the proverbial piano into the Metropolitan.

Good, funny script and tight direction and editing, make it a cult classic.

Mean Joe Greene and Mike Mazurki and Chick Hearn have notable cameos. Technical Advisor: Mildred Burke.
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An oldie but a goodie! "All The Marbles" better known as "California Dolls", the original title, in a twisted gritty tale of the female wrestling circuit. Peter Falk is compelling and always fun to watch.
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This is a good period piece. Peter Falk never is always good, as is Burt Young. The action is realistic and entertaining. Laurene Landon and Vicki Frederick are competent and really good to look at. Well directed
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Totally enjoyable movie. You will be rooting for the California Dolls by the end. Peter Falk at his best. Some funny lines as well. At one point Peter Falk gets hit with a stool in his glass eye. He puts his hand on his face and says, "Not again." Timing was perfect.
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I remember watching this movie when I was younger so when I saw it was available on DVD I couldn't wait to see it again. It didn't disappoint, when I was finally able to watch it. I was disappointed though that the video, possible because it is DVD-R that it only plays on certain DVD players. When it wouldn't work when I first received it, I contacted Amazon & was very pleased with their service when they sent a new one & had UPS come the next day to pick up the return. However I had the same issue with the replacement but as I didn't want to be without the movie, I will deal with it.
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Absolute great movie. A couple of lady wrestlers struggling along, barely able to make a living. They had to go through and jump over all the hoops to get one chance of glory. Their manager was prepared to do anything for his girls to get their chance at the big time. The lady wrestlers virtually sell their dignity to make ends meet. With dodgy promoters ripping them off and agents doing deals on the side they finally get their chance to go up against the champions. With a crooked promoter paying off match officials it was all against them. With time running out in the title bout all the champions needed was a draw to retain their titles. The wrestling matches were absorbing with no hold bars and the title fight will have you on the edge of the seat. I love this movie and will watch it again. You will not be disappointed.
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