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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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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


When America was on its knees, he brought us to our feet. 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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Did You Know?


Madison Square Garden Bowl was located at 48th Street and Northern Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens. The bowl was torn down after World War II. See more »


When Braddock has to pick up the bowl to eat before the fight because he has no spoon, a spoon can be clearly seen on the table. He isn't supposed to have a spoon until later in the film. 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 »


References S.O.S. Iceberg (1933) See more »


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Excellent and truly inspiring movie to believe in one's self
11 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We went to this movie today at Albuquerque, New Mexico. My first impression upon looking at the title was "sounds kinda girly movie". I have no idea who Jim Braddock is until I saw this movie. Its truly inspiring and amazing. All actors excelled in their action. Its gripping all the way till the end. I don't want to tell the story and spoil the spirit. It was never boring the entire movie.

Russell Crowe once again lived up to the expectations and did a very good job. Renee Zellweger played the role of a very supportive wife. Its about never giving up, fulfilling for your promises, staying together what may come, to fight back etc., Watch it and you won't regret I promise.

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