Whiplash

  • 1948
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Sports

It's amazing how many Hollywood boxing tales center on a fighter who, deep down inside, is sensitive and thoughtful and would rather be doing something else, but has been forced into the ring out of necessity. WHIPLASH takes this premise to the hilt, sending Michael Gordon (Dane Clark) away from his painter's canvas in California to get knocked about in...read more

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It's amazing how many Hollywood boxing tales center on a fighter who, deep down inside, is sensitive and thoughtful and would rather be doing something else, but has been forced into the ring out of necessity. WHIPLASH takes this premise to the hilt, sending Michael Gordon (Dane Clark)

away from his painter's canvas in California to get knocked about in New York City after falling head over heels for Laurie Durant (Alexis Smith). Her husband, Rex (Zachary Scott), was a fighter, but because of an accident had to retire and now runs the nightclub where his wife sings. Rex uses

Michael to fulfill vicariously his dream of becoming the world champ, while Michael benefits from Rex's pointers. Eventually, however, Rex gets wind of the affair between his wife and the artist-cum-fighter and does his best to see that Michael gets his brains knocked out. Of course, Michael

proves victorious in the ring. The romantic triangle is formula all the way, but the fight sequences (the film opens in Madison Square Garden) and a number of boxing montages lend excitement.

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  • Review: It's amazing how many Hollywood boxing tales center on a fighter who, deep down inside, is sensitive and thoughtful and would rather be doing something else, but has been forced into the ring out of necessity. WHIPLASH takes this premise to the hilt, sendi… (more)

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