Against the Ropes (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  20 February 2004 (USA)
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A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Felix Reynolds
Sam LaRocca
Gavin Reese
Irving Abel
Ray Kallen
Pete Kallen
Little Jackie
Pedro Hernandez (as Juan Hernandez)
Doug Doherty
Devon Green
Gene Mack ...
Kevin Keyes
Beau Starr ...


A Jewish woman from Detroit who became a boxing manager, guiding several major careers. This film focuses on her relationship with one boxer (Epps), who's reportedly a composite of several including Toney, McKart and Hearns. Kallen eventually left her husband of 30 years, and moved to Los Angeles, becoming the commissioner of the International Female Boxers Association... Written by

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She gave the boxing world the one-two punch they never saw coming.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude language, violence, brief sensuality and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Jackie Kallen Story  »

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Box Office


$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,038,546 (USA) (20 February 2004)


$56,546 (South Africa) (23 April 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Michelle Pfeiffer turned down the chance to star in this film because the actress was at the time was in the process of relocating her family to Northern California. See more »


When Luther is having dinner with Jackie, he picks up his napkin twice. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Episode #1.6 (2004) See more »


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Against the Ropes...A movie to remember
24 February 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of going to the premiere for Against the Ropes in LA on February 11, 2004. I thought the movie was excellant. I am Charles Dutton's neice, and a very big fan of Omar Epps. The movie was very well written, and directed, and the cast did a fantastic job. Meg Ryan definately played her part, and made it be known that there is no such thing as "a man's sport". I give the movie, it's writers, directors, and it's cast 2 thumbs up. This will definately be a movie that I will purchase on DVD when it comes out.

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