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


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An Erin Brockovich Boxing Movie
20 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Meg Ryan plays a Jewish woman from Detroit who strives to become a successful boxing manager despite facing many obstacles, including an unscrupulous boxing promoter, played by Tony Shalhoub. Against the Ropes looks at the relationship between Kallen and her first professional boxer, played by Omar Epps.

Against the Ropes is your typical Lifetime movie of the week feature that somehow made it to theaters. It had nice intentions but the film is not very good or strong. The story is very uninspired and it reminded me of Erin Brockovich. Against the Ropes tried too hard to be like Erin Brockovich and other boxing films without really being its own film. Also, most of the film is pretty dull and there are no real good performances. Meg Ryan is okay as Jackie Kallen. She was a little weak in the dramatic scenes and sometimes her emotions felt really fake. Her outfits were really trashy and this took away from her already less than stellar performance.

Meg Ryan is paired up with Omar Epps and he gives a decent performance. However, his chemistry with Meg is really weak. This hurts the film a lot since the whole movie was basically their relationship. Tony Shalhoub gives an okay performance but there really wasn't a lot for his character to do. Charles S. Dutton gives an okay performance as Felix. Again, there really wasn't much for his character to do. Dutton also directs the film and he does an okay job. He could have developed the characters a little more and he could have done a better job at capturing the relationship between Jackie and Luther. The film is very predictable and very simple. The boxing scenes are good but they pale in comparison to other boxing films like Rocky. In the end, this really is a weak film that's not worth watching. Rating 4/10

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