Terrible Joe Moran
Written byFrank Cucci
Directed byJoseph Sargent
StarringJames Cagney
Art Carney
Ellen Barkin
Lawrence Tierney
Music byCharles Gross
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersRobert Halmi Jr.
David R. Kappes (supervising producer)
Marge Zimmerman (associate producer)
Production locationNew York City
CinematographyMike Fash
EditorEric Albertson
Running time120 minutes
Production companyRobert Halmi
Original release
ReleaseMarch 27, 1984 (1984-03-27)

Terrible Joe Moran is a 1984 American made-for-television drama film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring James Cagney in his final role, Art Carney,[1] and Ellen Barkin. The film, about an aging ex-boxer (Cagney) who needs to use a wheelchair for mobility, won an Emmy Award in 1984.[2] Clips from Cagney's 1932 boxing picture Winner Take All were used to illustrate the character's earlier career. Reportedly, impressionist Rich Little dubbed much—if not all—of the Cagney dialog, as the stroke afflicted actor slurred his words and the decision was made to replace his voice with that of Little doing a Cagney impersonation.

The script was originally written for Katharine Hepburn. After she bowed out, the lead part was rewritten for Cagney.



  1. ^ "Terrible Joe Moran - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
  2. ^ "Terrible Joe Moran - IMDb". IMDb.