The Mouse

on November 14, 1997 by Dale Winogura
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   A curious anti-Rocky drama, "The Mouse" lacks the spontaneity and punch to bring its intriguing conceit to life. The true story of Bruce "Mouse" Strauss (played much too broadly by John Savage), the boxer who's made a living out of being knocked down more than anyone else, does not have the narrative structure or character insight to realize the idea that losing can be another form of winning. His wife (a whiny Angelica Torn) proves to be a negligible influence on him and the story, and his mentoring of a young fighter (Tim Williams) is so brief that it barely registers. The aimless writing and amateurish directing by Daniel Adams fail to develop his protagonist's journey towards maturity and responsibility, resulting in a sloppy, tentative biography that should have been much better. Unlike the boxing films "Somebody Up There Likes Me" and "Raging Bull," there's no sense of realism or artistry here.    Starring John Savage and Angelica Torn. Directed and Written by Daniel Adams. Produced by Hank Blumenthal, Harris Tulchin, and John Savage. A Strand Releasing release. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 98 minutes.
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