Dead to the World (1991)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |  
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In this drama, Alexandra Polonski is the owner/manager of a boxing-oriented gymnasium located in an inner-city suburb of Sydney. As the film opens, she is having considerable difficulty with Pearl Elkington, a politically ambitious real-estate developer, who wants to buy Alex out and tear down the gym to put up some luxury apartments. She also claims, in her political campaigning, that the gym attracts a bad element -- like the hot young boxer both she and Alex are wooing. Meanwhile, the mysterious Mr. Keats is apparently manipulating almost everything that goes on. Alex asks her old boyfriend, a retired boxer, to come in and "help out," which basically means to be her bodyguard. Their old romance is rekindled, complicating matters tremendously. Australian reviewers enjoyed this brisk noir drama and appreciated its many cinematic homages to similar movies from the classic era, especially to the films of Joan Crawford.