Body and Soul

Synopsis: A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): George Bowers
Production: Cannon Film Distributors
  1 win.
109 min


All right, all right, now.

Leon's got everything.

He has all the natural moves

of Sugar Ray Robinson.

He looks like Sugar Ray Leonard.

He's smaller and in better shape...

than Muhammad Ali and he's won the

other weight divisions...

and if he wins this one...

I know he will,

he'll be the only fighter I know...

to win two major Golden Glove

division titles in one week.

The guy ought to be professional.

That kid is lightning.

I've never seen an amateur

with moves like that.

-And power.

-And power.

The guy knocked him out.

He killed him.

Yeah, okay. Come and see me

in my office tomorrow morning.

Thank you.

You won't regret this, I promise you.

Okay, don't boo...

'cause you won't boo when

you find out why I stopped the music.

I can't believe she's actually here,

but she's actually here.

Star of TV, radio, my heart...

and the topmost beautiful woman

in sports in the whole country.

Please welcome....

I get chills when I mention her name.

Miss Julie Winters.

Thank you very much.

It is really an honor

for me to be here tonight...

for the annual presentation

of Chicago's Golden Gloves Awards.

And I guess we better start

by getting down to business.

The first award goes to...

Mr. Andy Price! All right!

Noel Rodgers.

I have got on these tight-ass pants...

and they're about to explode.

No, not in here, someone might come.

The only one about to come is me.

It doesn't matter where.

And now for the final award

of the evening...

the young man who won everything...

and they say

that he's a naturally gifted athlete.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Mr. Leon Johnson.

Is he here?

I better go find him.

Where did he go?

This room's occupied.

Be out in five minutes.

Leon, it's your friend, Charles.


I've got somebody for you to meet.

I don't want to meet anybody

right now.

But I think you do.

Julie Winters is out there

to personally present your award.

She's been waiting,

and now she's getting ready to leave.

Julie Winters? You're bullshitting.

Wait here, baby.

I'll be back in five minutes.

Here he is, ladies and gentlemen,

Mr. Leon Johnson.

Mr. Johnson, you won

state championships in two divisions.

How did you manage to do that?

I diet a lot one day

and then hump up....

I mean, pump up a lot the next.

Quite an achievement,

but what I meant was...

what made you go after

two different divisions?

Well, to tell you the truth,

there was nothing else to do.

But you do plan

on going professional, don't you?

No, I'm a lover, not a fighter.

Could have fooled me.

Anyway, Mr. Johnson...

it's my pleasure to present to you

these two trophies. Leon Johnson.

I don't have a speech or anything...

but I think I at least deserve a picture

of me kissing Miss Julie Winters.

You know, that certainly wasn't

much of a kiss you gave me.

Well, if one goes about kissing

everybody on the mouth...

one can end up

with all types of germs...

especially when you never know where

the other person's mouth has been.

-Well, shall we dance?

-No, thank you. I don't slow dance.

I mean, all my friends

and everybody's watching.

Let me show off at least once.

Just one dance.

Okay, but just one dance.

I'll go get them to play something

really good.

You can dance, can't you?


-Thank you.

No, that's okay.

Please, you don't have to get out.

Now, I wouldn't think of not

walking you straight to your door.

Charles, would you just go back?

Or you'll blow everything. Trust me.

-Nice house.

-Thank you.

Say, could I get

an autographed picture?


It's not for me,

it's for my little sister, Kelly.

She's really an admirer of yours.

What would I need an autograph for?

I mean, I got the real thing.

Thank you.

I want to wish you good luck

in everything that you're trying to do.

Now, Miss Julie Winters,

you are much too pretty for me...

to just shake your hand.

Plus, my friend's there watching.

Couldn't I have a little goodnight kiss

on the lips?

Mr. Johnson,

I am afraid you are gonna have to...

score points with your friend

somewhere else.

Could I have a kiss on the cheek?

Everybody does that. That's social.

Just one kiss on the cheek, please.

Okay, just one kiss on the cheek.


Now, that's what I call

a goodnight kiss.

You didn't put a lot into it,

but you've got potential.

I'm in love.

Hey, Leon!

What's happening, man?

Somebody called the gym,

and your mother's looking for you.

She's back at the hospital.

Could you tell me which room

Kelly Johnson's in, please?

What's going on here?

While you were jumping around

in the ring...

acting like a damned fool,

your sister....

Mrs. Johnson, it's all right.

I thought you said

it was just gonna be routine.

Your sister had a crisis.

As you know,

normal blood cells are round.

Hers are shaped like a sickle

or a question mark.

They get attached

and tend to clog the blood vessels.

This deprives the body of oxygen

and causes intense pain.

With sickle cells, she's gonna have to

go through this the rest of her life.

-I want to see Kelly.


You weren't here when

she needed you. Now she's resting.

Dr. Bochman, I am not blaming you

personally for this...

but we both know this ain't

the best damn hospital in the world.

I can assure you Kelly's getting

the best treatment--

Come on, Bochman. Poor people die,

rich people get saved...

and they both have

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Leon Isaac Kennedy

Leon Isaac Kennedy (born January 1, 1949) is an American actor, film producer and playwright. Kennedy is perhaps best known as Martel "Too Sweet" Gordone in Jamaa Fanaka's Penitentiary (1979), Penitentiary II (1982) and Penitentiary III (1987). Kennedy also is best known for his role as Leon "The Lover" Johnson in the 1981 film Body and Soul alongside his then–wife Jayne Kennedy. more…

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