MovieRob’s Childhood Flashback Movie Challenge – Tough Enough (1983)


Welcome back to my Flashback Movie Challenge. The goal here is to re-watch movies from your youth that you loved back then and see if you and your “young self from yesteryear” can agree on your opinion of this movie or whether years of new perspectives have changed those feelings.

If you would like to participate in this, feel free to shoot me an email ( with your review so I can post it. It’s very important that you show the similarities or differences between the you of now and the you of then.

Good luck to all!!!! I look forward to seeing how we all fare.

To continue my challenge, I present you with my review of Tough Enough (1983), this movie was one of my favorites growing up and I have very fond memories of it.

Now, on to the review…..

tough enough“Get off the ropes, get off the ropes, get off the ropes…. get off the floor, get off the floor, get off the floor” – P.T.  Coolidge

Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Cable in the 80’s and 29 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A down and out country-western singer enters an amateur boxing contest in order to make some money

My Take on it – As a kid, I remember when this movie came out on cable.  It was labeled a “sleeper” on HBO and I must have seen it so many times that I can’t even recall.

My memories of this movie are quite good. I enjoyed the story and the songs.

Having re-watched it now, I see that once again my memory of a movie deceives me.

It now seems much like a Rocky (1976) copycat movie rather than being an original concept.

I have always liked Dennis Quaid and he is great in this movie too. He is expertly able to show us a tough man who tries to win the boxing competition and also the gentle family man who likes to play music for his son and find a way to support his family with music.

What I liked most about this movie is the music.  Dennis Quaid even wrote and sung a few of the songs.

The second half of this movie unfortunately moved too slowly and the second competition was less interesting and exciting as the first one was.

Bottom Line – Not as good as I remember it was. Dennis Quaid is stellar as always and great soundtrack including songs written and sung by Quaid himself.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

Overall, I’m very glad I re-watched this and think that in this case my younger self and me once again wouldn’t agree on this movie.

oh well! 😦


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