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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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Irving Abel
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Ray Kallen
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Pete Kallen
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Little Jackie
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Pedro Hernandez (as Juan Hernandez)
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Doug Doherty
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Corcoran
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Storyline

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 austin4577@aol.com

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


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

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20 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

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

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

Soundtracks

Bubblin'
by Josh Kessler and J. Swift (as John Martinez)
Performed by J. Swift
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Mastersource
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Don't hate the player hate the game.
23 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Meg Ryan pulls a great performance as the underdog of this movie. Playing a real person is never easy and being a woman in boxing holds as much discrimination on its own without adding that she works it with sex appeal. You can't hate a story when it comes from true events and both Shaloub and Ryan pull off their characters with finesse. Don't hate her because she's not in her much loved romantic comedy persona; love that she pulled off the Midwestern girl honoring her father's memory and her uncles love with dedicating her life to boxing. Comparing Omar Epps to Tom Hanks is so inappropriate in this film. There is never meant to be a love connection between Epps and Ryan. It's more of a mothering relationship; the son she never had and the mothering he never received. You are either going to love or hate this movie. Be assured you'll watch it till' the end and will have an opinion one way or the other.


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