Based on the 1947 classic of the same name, this "entertaining" (New York Times) rags-to-riches tale about a vivacious young fighter from Chicago pulls no punches in its portrayal of boxing's dark side. Featuring the always-animated Muhammad Ali as himself, Body and Soul is "a rousing good time" (LA Herald-Examiner)! Golden Gloves champ Leon (Leon Isaac Kennedy) has no interest in becoming a pro boxer; instead, he wants to be a doctor. But when his little sister requires immediate and expensive medical treatments, he decides to go for the title and all the money it will bring. On his way to the top, however, Leon succumbs to the temptations that come with success: money, flesh, ego. As a result, he begins to lose everyone and everything he used to care about. Can Leon pull his life back together, or is he too far gone to be redeemed?

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Body & Soul (1981)

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Based on the 1947 classic of the same name, this "entertaining" (New York Times) rags-to-riches tale about a vivacious young fighter from Chicago pulls no punches in its portrayal of boxing's dark side. Featuring the always-animated Muhammad Ali as himself, Body and Soul is "a rousing good time" (LA Herald-Examiner)! Golden Gloves champ Leon (Leon Isaac Kennedy) has no interest in becoming a pro boxer; instead, he wants to be a doctor. But when his little sister requires immediate and expensive medical treatments, he decides to go for the title and all the money it will bring. On his way to the top, however, Leon succumbs to the temptations that come with success: money, flesh, ego. As a result, he begins to lose everyone and everything he used to care about. Can Leon pull his life back together, or is he too far gone to be redeemed?

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Cast
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Leon Isaac Kennedy

Leon Johnson
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Jayne Kennedy

Julie Winters
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Perry Lang

Charles Golphin
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Nikki Swasey

Kelly Johnson (as Nikki Swassy)
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Michael V. Gazzo

Frankie (as Mike Gazzo)
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Kim Hamilton

Mrs. Johnson
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Muhammad Ali

Himself
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Peter Lawford

Big Man
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Gilbert Lewis

Tony (as Gil Lewis)
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Chris Wallace

Dr. Bachman
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Robbie Epps

Iceman
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J.B. Williamson

St. Louis Assassin
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Al Denava

Mad Man Santiago (as Al Denavo)
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Mel Welles

Joe Gillardi
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Danny Wells

Sports Announcer #1
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Johnny Brown

Sports Announcer #2
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DeForest Covan

Cut Man (as DeForrest Covan)
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Azizi Johari

Pussy
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Rosanne Katon

Melody (as Roseann Katon)
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Alex Garcia

Mad Man's Manager (as Al Garcia)
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Jimmy Lennon Sr.

Ring Announcer (as Jimmy Lennon)
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Mike Garfield

Fight Official
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Howard Zazove

Reporter #1
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Cheryl Tyre Smith

Reporter #2 (as Cheryle Tyre Smith)
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James E. Carter

Reporter #3 (as James Carter)
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John Isaacs

Reporter #4
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Eddie Mustafos

Himself
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Lonnie Bennett

Random Boxer
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Al Chavez

Random Boxer
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John Liechty

Random Boxer
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Andy Price

Random Boxer
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Lonnie Epps

Random Boxer
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Leonard Bailey

Random Boxer
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John Sherrod

Random Boxer
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Rita Minor

Pretty Lady
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Regina Claytor

Pretty Lady
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Noel Chacon

Pretty Lady
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Janice Lester

Pretty Lady
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Edgy Lee

Pretty Lady
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Deborah Lacey

Pretty Lady (as Deborah Willis Lacey)
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Miguel Delgado Dancers

Latin Dancers
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Ola Ray

Hooker #1
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Ingrid Greer

Hooker #2
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Laurie Senit

Hooker #3
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Mark Isaacs

Boy in Car
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Dick Young

Referee
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Richard Steele

Referee
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Chuck Hassett

Referee
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Rudy Jordan

Referee
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Dominic Barto

Referee (as Dominik Barto)
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Skully

Man at Fight
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Magic

Man at Fight
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Michael Payne

Man at Fight (as Mike Payne)
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Benjamin 'Boom Boom' Davis

Man at Fight
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Larry Bradford

Man at Fight
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J.D. of Hollywood

Man at Fight
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Paul Winfrey

Man at Fight
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Ron Cannon

Man at Fight
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Lyle Baker

Bodyguard
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Hazel Girtman

Nurse
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Cheryle 'Charlie' Kynard

Card Girl
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Darlene Hoyer

Card Girl
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Arlene Alexander

Card Girl
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Haruko Leollington

Card Girl
Crew
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Leon Isaac Kennedy

Writer
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Abraham Polonsky

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Body and Soul

(Blu-ray)

Disc Title Front Cover

Body & Soul

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

2/8/2005

Disc Title Front Cover

Body and Soul

(Blu-ray)

3/14/2023

Disc Title Front Cover

Body and Soul

(Blu-ray)

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