Monkey On My Back
MGM/UA (1957)
Biography, Drama
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IMDB   7.0
1 hr 34 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR
Cameron Mitchell Barney Ross
Dianne Foster Cathy Holland
Paul Richards Rico
Jack Albertson Sam Pian
Kathy Garver Noreen
Lisa Golm Barney's Mother
Barry Kelley Big Ralph
Dayton Lummis J.L. McAvoy
Lewis Charles Lew Surati
Raymond Greenleaf Dr. A.J. Latham
Richard Benedict Art Winch
Brad Harris Spike McAvoy
Robert Holton Dr. Sullivan
Eric Morris Soldier
Chris Alcaide Drug Pusher
Andr Toth
Andre De Toth
Producer Edward Small
Writer Crane Wilbur
Anthony Veiller

The painfully true story of welterweight boxing champion Barney Ross is detailed in Monkey on My Back. Cameron Mitchell stars as Ross, whose meteoric ring career is interrupted when he joins the Marines at the outset of WWII. A highly decorated hero, Ross contracts malaria oversees and is given morphine to assuage the pain. By the time he returns to the states, Ross is a confirmed drug addict. Before he can rise to the top again, he must hit rock bottom and his descent into the hell of narcotics dependency is graphically illustrated (so much so that the film was almost denied a Production Code seal). Though a cured Barney Ross served as technical advisor for Monkey on My Back, he ended up suing the producers for defamation of character -- and lost.
Edition Details
Distributor MGM Home Entertainment
Release Date 2/8/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo [English]
Stereo [English]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1