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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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Rated PG-13 for fight sequences and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Joe and Max - Rivalen im Ring  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Boxing against Nazism
29 December 2006 | by (Ravenna, Italy) – See all my reviews

Always loved sports movie about boxing, from the masterpieces to B-movies about kick-boxing.

Joe & Max apparently is a made-for-TV movie, with a low budget and then unpretentious. Perhaps it's so, but does money really matter so much ? I think no. Boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling were friends beyond the politics, the obtuse ideologies and war; but rivals just on the ring. The fighting scenes were shot with a look to the old footages, in black and white, gifting a credible appearance to the whole action parts. Interesting the relation between Max and his wife, their spirit of sacrifice against government, racism and the dirty propaganda elevating Joe as Nazism's pride.

The stage designing is a little too simple, so the city looks a bit fake, but it's not a damage. An enjoyable mix of sport drama and history inside an "impossible" friendship.


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