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Joe and Max (2002)

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True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

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True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

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Biography | Drama | Sport | War

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Rated PG-13 for fight sequences and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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3 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Joe and Max - Rivalen im Ring  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Potentially good story, poorly executed.
10 March 2002 | by (Howell, Michigan) – See all my reviews

A historical account of boxers Joe Louis vs Max Schmeling, America's democracy vs Hitler's nazis, black race vs white race, sprinkled with the German supremist attitude demonstrated by showing the persecution of jews & blacks. Both fighters are shown to have accomplished careers in the boxing ring, Schmeling becoming the European champion and Louis becoming the World champion. When they meet Schmeling takes the first bout in 1936, and Louis hospitalizes Schmeling in the 1938 rematch. Then problems in Louis' personnel life overshadow his athletic accomplishments culminating in his divorce and insurmountable debt to the IRS. Schmeling survives being hunted in WW II by american GI's who despise him for being perceived as a publicly visible Nazi. He is then hired by post war Coca-Cola as a spokesman and begins living a stable successful life. Max hears of Joe's hard times, locates him and kindles a friendship with his former opponent, which lasts until Joe's death in 1981.

The movie fails to deliver. Acting is mediocre, the lines are not compelling; I kept waiting for the movie to "get going", but it never did. The story is historically interesting, but dry in presentation.


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