A syndicate wants to buy a district to rebuild it. They’ve bought every house except a small gym where Joe Santo prepares for the Mr. Universum championships. Craig Blake is brought in by the syndicate to buy the gym, but he starts to like the people and falls in love with Joe’s friend Marie-Tate.
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Charles Gaines's novel is pointed and engaging; the cinematic version of the story is not only watered down, but seems strange just for the sake of being so. The casting is excellent all around, but the themes of the book are lost and some of the translations to screen characters just don't cut it. Read the book.