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A FIGHTING START, A ROCKY FINISH
Frank Deford
December 08, 1980
Rocky Bleier is one of the few pro athletes to have been wounded in Vietnam: on Aug. 20, 1969 he was shot in his left thigh and had his right fool nearly blown off. That he came back to become a stalwart starting running back on the world champion Steelers is a lovely story, especially because Bleier had been no great shakes before he'd been shot. It's instructive, for example, that the actor who plays Bleier in the TV movie Fighting Back (ABC, Dec. 7, 9 p.m. EST) is a bigger man than the football player.
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December 08, 1980

A Fighting Start, A Rocky Finish

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Once again a network has failed its viewers, female and male, by mistakenly thinking they need to identify with a story. What an audience really needs is to care about a film and its characters.

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