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HAVANA HEAT
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THE FINAL GAME
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LOWELL PARK
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BLONDE & BLONDER II
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HAVANA HEAT TV SERIES
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GOTCH
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SUE
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LOVE NEVER DIES
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GOTCH
AN AMERICAN HERO

Young Frank travels to Alaska and wrestles in the rough-and-tough mining camps, whipping the best of the Yukon. He returns to his family farm and convinces his mother that wrestling is what he is cut out for…not farming. His family is in danger of losing the farm and he pours out $30,000 in earnings onto the kitchen table, stunning his mother and father. She reluctantly begins to give in.

By virtue of his many victories and good nature, Frank becomes a hero in Humboldt. He also develops the toehold, which quickly becomes the most feared maneuver in all of wrestling history. With the move, Frank can break a foe’s ankle or leg. Other wrestlers are terrified of the Gotch toehold.

While walking down the street one day, a young girl approaches him while selling church raffle tickets. Frank is so smitten with Gladys Oestrich that he tells his friend, Elmer, that he will marry her some day.

Frank takes off in pursuit of the American title, held by a very tough man named Tom Jenkins. Older and bigger than Frank, he teaches Frank how to wrestle really rough. He beats Frank up pretty good the first time, and Frank returns to Humboldt with a new humility….and a new determination. In the rematch, he whips Jenkins soundly to become American champion.

Frank then sets his gaze directly on the Russian Lion, who is not interested in meeting him. But Burns and Frank’s manager, Emil Klank, talk the Lion into coming to America for a colossal match.

Frank begins to court Gladys and she serves as an inspiration to him during his training. He wrestles Hackenschmidt in Chicago (back to the opening scenes) …and defeats him by totally exhausting him with his aggressive style. The little town of Humboldt goes wild late at night with bon fires and church bells ringing. Gladys and her family are down on the town square celebrating and bursting with pride.

Frank returns home as the heavyweight champion of the world. He and Gladys are married. He becomes the toast of America. He tours the country, beating foe after foe after foe. He is the king, the best ever…

….but in Europe, Hackenschmidt is telling the press that Gotch wrestled dirty. Bad blood grows between them. Gotch is angry and trains very hard. Finally, after three years, they have a tremendous rematch in Chicago’s Comiskey Park. Over 30,000 fans show up. The night before the match, 2,000 fans gather underneath Gotch’s hotel room and shout his name.

In the single most important wrestling match ever, Frank demolishes Hackenschmidt. He and Gladys seem on top of the world. They have a baby son and he loves life in his little hometown. And then Frank is struck by a mysterious illness. Within a short amount of time, the great Frank Gotch dies…at the age of 39. The entire sports world is stunned.

The script shows what it was like living in America in the early 1900s and how grand a sport professional wrestling was, once upon a time. Frank Gotch and Gladys are very likeable characters, ones that the American public will take to heart and care about.

This is a story about dreaming big and chasing the dream….winning…..And being a true American hero in the early 1900s. It has nostalgia, family values, romance and heartbreak at the very end. It is all based on fact with very little deviation from “the way it was.”