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Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 3 June 2005 (USA)
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The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.



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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »



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During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One man's extraordinary fight to save the family he loved. See more »


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El luchador  »

Box Office


$88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,320,205 (USA) (3 June 2005)


$61,644,321 (USA) (25 November 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Russell Crowe and Craig Bierko weren't friendly on set. Crowe even excluded Bierko from his 40th birthday party while shooting to heighten their tension. See more »


Jimmy Braddock goes to Central Park in March, 1935 and walks through a Hooverville in search of his friend Mike Wilson. New York's primary Depression Hooverville in 1935 was located on 10th Avenue near the East River (as portrayed in My Man Godfrey). There was a small Hooverville in Central Park located in the drained reservoir, not on the grass as portrayed in the film. When adequate fill could be found for it, the homeless were evicted, and the area was transformed into the park's Great Lawn. Landscaping work was completed by April, 1933, so Central Park's Hooverville had been gone a full two years when Braddock visits it in Cinderella Man. See more »


[first lines]
Joe Gould: Attaboy! Keep him busy!
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Crazy Credits

Before the title appears the following: "In all the history of the boxing game, you'll find no human interest story to compare with the life narrative of James J. Braddock." - Damon Runyon (1936) See more »


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A great movie!
13 May 2005 | by (Kansas City) – See all my reviews

I also went to a sneak preview of this movie last night, and it was good enough for me to join this site and write my first review. It did start out kind of slow, but the complete rainbow of emotions was contained in this movie. There were parts that nearly made you cry. There were parts that made you laugh out loud. I could barely contain my excitement during the last 15-20 minutes of the movie, I just wanted to scream out loud I was so excited. When we left the theater there was a ~60 year old woman delicately shadow boxing on her way out the door. Her husband asked her, "Are you winning?" She said, "I'm going to have dreams about this movie tonight." This was a great movie, and I would recommend it highly.

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