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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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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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Well-crafted and underrated
1 June 2003 | by (east coast) – See all my reviews

I was surprised at the low overall rating this movie got. It won a Best Editing award, and the fine photography, editing, and one of the best jobs of musical scoring I have ever heard, alone, make it very watchable. Shot mostly on location in Berlin, check out the production design. Better than many feature films completed on ten times the budget. The interiors and exteriors of Harlem nightclubs and Third Reich headquarters never looked more accurate or better lit. I agree that there is some mis-casting, and while the acting isn't Oscar caliber, it isn't bad either. As far as being a movie for boxing fans only--no. I have no interest whatsoever in sports, and found the story compelling. The wider influence that sports has on society is an interesting context. Max Snelling getting big corporate sponsorship just months after honing a reputation as one of the worlds most hated personas--brings to mind parallels in todays celebrity-driven scene.


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