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Against the Ropes (2004)

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 austin4577@aol.com

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)


$5,881,504 (USA) (2 April 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Daley (Gavin) & Tony Shaloub (Sam) played together in the long running sitcom "Wings". See more »


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


Jackie Kallen: That's my job to see shit coming.
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Referenced in Game K N B: Episode dated 3 March 2007 (2007) See more »


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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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