CANNON MONTH: One More Chance (1983)

An amateur boxer and the nephew of famous boxer Jake LaMotta, John LaMotta shows up in a few other Cannon movies like Revenge of the NinjaNinja III: The DominationBreakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo and American Warrior, which all come from director Sam Firstenberg, who made One More Chance his first movie.

Pete Bales (LaMotta) is a criminal fresh out of jail that’s lost track of his ex and son. She’s living in Arizona with their now teenage child and her new husband. His parole won’t let him cross state lines. But a former neighbor, Sheila (Kirstin Alley), knows were they are and sees something in Pete that no one else does.

Firstenberg made this as a student film at Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles before expanding on it and making it into a full feature. He also had two great leads to hang the movie on, as well as appearances by Michael Pataki and Logan Clarke.

This doesn’t have the wild action of his later films –both Ninja III and Breakin’ 2 seem to come from another universe so much more fantastic than the boring world that we stumble through — but as a lot of heart and an ending that is quite moving. Firstenberg also wrote the script, something he wouldn’t get to do again until Cyborg Cop II and I think this film may be closer to his heart.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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