Though only in his 20s, professional boxer Johnny Walker (Mickey Rourke) is on the downswing of his career and suffering from a mild form of brain damage. Resettling in the beachfront resort of Asbury Park, N.J., he falls in with shady promoter Wesley Pendergrass (Christopher Walken) and meets kindhearted boardwalk operator Ruby (Debra Feuer). When Wesley proposes cutting Johnny in on a criminal undertaking, Johnny must choose between a life of crime and a settled future with Ruby.
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