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Joe and Max (2002)

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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I follow boxing to some extent, and have always been captivated by the Louis-Schmeling fights. However, I was unaware that Max was alive until just a few weeks ago. The movie does a good job based on the fact surrounding and leading up to the fight. As one poster mentioned earlier, they didn't note Max being champ in 1930, I believe. He beat James Braddock by DQ, then defended once, and lost to Braddock in rematch in controversial decision. I highly recommend this movie. The situation these two men were in had to be highly stressful. Louis defending his race and his nation, Max supposedly defending Nazi Germany and the White Race. Neither one appeared comfortable in those roles.


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