Sylvester Stallone made his directorial debut with this film set in New York's Hell's Kitchen in the 1940s. (He also wrote the script, starred in the film, penned the promotional novel, and even sang the theme song by Bill Conti.) Stallone is Cosmo Carboni, one of three brothers trying to
hustle their way out of the slums. Brother Lenny (Armand Assante) is an embalmer and crippled WWII vet who feels bitter toward everyone, including his girl friend, dance hall hostess Annie (Anne Archer, later of FATAL ATTRACTION). Cosmo's attracted to Annie, but she's loyal to Lenny, so he
consoles himself with Bunchie (Joyce Ingalls), a whore with a heart of gold. Meanwhile, he l...