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Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 3 June 2005 (USA)
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

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When America was on its knees, he brought us to our feet. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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$88,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$61,644,321 (USA) (25 November 2005)
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This Depression-era drama made headlines for being not only one of the best reviewed films of 2005, but one of the least well attended. After four weeks of release the film had taken around US$50 million, which even during the box-office slump of the time was a disappointment, especially considering the good buzz. AMC Theatres hoped to keep the film and started a unique offer of a money-back guarantee. Ticket buyers who did not like the film were promised that their money would be refunded, no questions asked. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Joe Gould: Attaboy! Keep him busy!
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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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Tillies Downtown Now
Written by Bud Freeman (as Lawrence {Bud} Freeman)
Performed by Bud Freeman and His Windy City Five
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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a Truly Moving Picture
18 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on May 17th in Indianapolis. I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival that screens films for their Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "...explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

The impact of this film on the viewer is as powerful as Rocky and Million Dollar Baby. While all three films have boxing and love of the underdog as a common theme, this movie is much more. The backdrop of the movie is Depression-era America around NYC. And you are taken back to this depressing and hopeless time of willing, hard-working, idle, discouraged, poor people.

The threesome of Russell Crowe, as the fighter Braddock, and Renee Zellweger, as his wife, and Paul Giamatti, as his manager were Academy-Award worthy. They professionally played their parts and let the story be the real star.

Braddock is a down-on-his-luck aging and hurt boxer who can no longer box and can no longer find enough work to support his wife and three kids. By a twist of fate, he is given another chance to fight, and his career begins again.

Braddock and his wife display low-key dignity and honor that we wish we all had. They are good spouses, parents, neighbors and citizens without "showing off." While this is a serious drama, it has a lot of light humor throughout the picture that is entertaining and appropriate. Director Ron Howard does a wonderful storytelling job and has kept directorial tricks to a minimum. The fight scenes were the most real I have seen in any movie.

This is film-making at its best.

FYI - There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past winners going back 70 years.


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