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 the ones who are do 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... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Before Damon Runyon gave Braddock his nickname, the term "Cinderella man" was considered an insult similar to the use of "gigolo" today. A Cinderella man was a downtrodden man who met and married a rich "Princess Charming" in the same way that Cinderella met and married Prince Charming. A Cinderella man was also considered to be less than a true man, as he allowed his wife to fund their lifestyle. An example of this occurs in the movie Platinum Blonde (1931): When the male lead is called a Cinderella man to his face, he punches the man and tells the man that he wears the pants in the marriage. See more »
In a shot of Joe Gould sitting in his car, you can clearly see the leaves of a palm tree reflected in the automobile's window. This scene takes place in the New York/New Jersey area, where there are no palm trees. See more »
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 »
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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