Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man

Synopsis: The story of anti-communist partisans in post-World War II Romania.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Director(s): Constantin Popescu
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
163 min

- You bringing Micky in?

- Yeah, he's gonna come.

He should be here as well.

You think he'll answer questions?

They said it was

gonna be both of us here.

- Am I looking right in the camera here?

- Just look at me, right here.

All right. You don't want me to look

in the camera with the...

- Right over here.


I started boxing

when I was 12 years old,

and I'd lie and say I was 18,

or whatever it was.

You know, I had a different

name and everything.

I mean, I don't know how many fights...

I'd done a hundred, more than that,

before I turned professional.

- Go ahead and sit right there.

- Why we doing this?

- I don't wanna do this.

- You want to start again?

This is my younger brother.

I taught him everything he knows.

I'm still his trainer.

You know, we got different styles.

I'm f***in' squirrelly as f***.

I'm like... I'm not even there.

You know, that's what Sugar Ray said.

I was the most tricky fighter

he'd ever come across.

In '78, I fought Sugar Ray Leonard.

I went toe-to-toe with him.

He couldn't get to me.

He couldn't get to me.

They called me the pride...

the pride of Lowell.

Everybody still talks about it,

especially my brother.

His whole life he wanted

to do what I did, you know?

But we're very different fighters.

Micky's, you know,

he's a heavy hitter.

He's got... a thunderous,

I'm telling you,

thunderous left punch.

Micky, he gets you

and he takes a punishment,

I don't know why he does it,

till you're right f***in' in there.

He likes getting on the inside,

I stay on the outside.

Come on.


Would you come on?

Will you stop?

You gotta help me finish this.

Come on!

- And predictable as ever.

- All right.

- You don't need to be Columbo

- Here you go.

To see where this fight is headed.

Bam! Over right hand

puts Micky Ward down!

HBO's making a movie

on me and my comeback!

And my brother is gonna beat

Saoul Mamby in Atlantic City next week!

The pride of Lowell is back!


Who wants some?!

Who wants some?!

Hey! I want a cut.

Are you good?

You guys having a good day?

How are ya?

Come on! What you got?

What you got going on?

Lou! Hey, Lou!

- How are you guys?

- Dicky.

Making my comeback.

Hey, naughty, naughty.

What's going on here?

Hey, Dicky, Micky!

Take my picture.

- Take a picture?

- Yeah.

- Hey!

- Hey, Louie!

HBO's making a movie on me!

What's going on? Hey, beautiful.

Did you tap that?

I can't remember. I got CRS:

I Can't Remember Sh*t!

Hey, Jerry Garcia!

Are you nuts?

How'd you get here?

You drive around?

Hey, Ray. Ray. I love you, Ray.

You're doing well.

You're walking. Get on it.

- We make a mistake?

- Nah, I mean, he'll be here.

You know, like I said,

sometimes he goes on his own schedule

but when he gets here, we work hard.

You know, nobody pushes me harder.

He's supposed to be

training you right now, right?

Why don't you just go talk to them,

my sisters? They'll talk your ear off.

You gotta pay them to shut up.

He can tell you

how Dicky was helping him.

Yeah, come on, Micky.

- O'Keefe!

- Hey, we don't know where Dicky is.

You know where he is.

What's that Keystone Kop

doing in there? Where's Dicky? Girls?

- I don't know.

- Did you see him, your brother?

- Not this morning?

- Look at Ma!

All dressed up for the movie, huh?

- Wow!

- Get outta the ring, O'Keefe.

My Dicky should be doing that, huh?

Your Dicky ain't here, Alice.

Micky's got an important fight

coming up and he's not training.

Don't. Just forget about him.

He's number two man.

He's not part of this, all right?

- He's not being handled right.

- You get me coming in all right?

You want me to do that again?

Get out of the ring, O'Keefe.

Dicky's the trainer.

- I'm doing a favor, Alice.

- I will show you over here

these scrapbooks

I've been collecting for years.

Micky used to follow

his big brother everywhere.

Taught ya everything, didn't he, honey?

In '78, we got the offer

to fight Sugar Ray Leonard.

Oh, my God, it was...

Have you seen that video?

Oh, you're from HBO.

You gotta see it again. Come on.

Art, Art, where's the video at?

Tonight, my son is gonna surprise

everybody and beat Sugar Ray Leonard.

Believe me, I know it.

Sugar Ray might have

some trouble tonight.

That's a good possibility.

He comes in here against a good boxer,

a young man who can punch,

and I would like to say at this time

that physically

they're just about equal.

Leonard is down.

Let's see if that's a knockdown.

This is unbelievable.

Eklund just walked over him!

Nobody seems

to know what's happening!

Dicky did it.

Yeah. Tricky Dicky did it.

- Dicky did it.

- Weren't you supposed to be

training Micky right now?

- No, it ain't till 9:00.

- Dicky, it's f***ing 11:45!

- It's 11:
45, Dick.

- What?!

Where'd you f***in'

park the car, Boo Boo?!

I didn't park it. You did.

- I didn't park it.

- Check your pockets for the keys.

- You got the keys, yeah?

- I didn't park it, man.

- Down there? I don't know.

- Check your pockets, all right?

- You're f***in' mental.

- F*** it!

I'll run. I need the f***in' roadwork.

- Roadwork? Are you crazy?

- He's a great runner.




- Hey, Dicky.

- Better late than never.

Oh, look! Detective's on the scene.

Gonna get to the bottom of this.

- Figure this one out, huh?

- Dick, you're an a**hole.

Hold it, hold it.

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Constantin Popescu

Constantin Popescu (1921–1999) was a Romanian politician and forestry engineer. Between November 1952 to March 1957, he served in several cabinets under the communist regime. In particular, he was Minister of Forestry Management from November 1952 to January 1953 under Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej. In the next Gheorghiu-Dej cabinet, he held the same post from January to November 1953. Then, from May 1954 to October 1955, he was Forestry Agriculture Minister. Under Chivu Stoica, he was Forestry Agriculture Minister from October 1955 to January 1956. Finally, he was Forestry Management Minister from January 1956 to March 1957. more…

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