Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of underachievement -- Jerry has been knocking around from one construction job to another and spinning his wheels in an unsatisfying relationship, all the while with an eye toward eventually getting his act together. His last connection to the fight game is the evening boxing class he teaches to middle-aged, middle class, middle management types at a gym in Pasadena, where he also works as a handyman. When venerable boxing coach Eddie Bell asks Jerry if he'd like to spar a couple of rounds with Malice Blake, an up-and-coming pro, Jerry reluctantly steps into the ring. Despite the ass-kicking Jerry otherwise receives, a one-punch knockdown of Blake convinces Jerry that it's time to make his return to competitive boxing. Thus ends a 20-year layoff and begins a hilarious fish-out-water quest for Olympic gold. Written by
You're never too old to go for the gold.
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26 April 2007 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $97,137,
23 March 2008, Limited Release
Gross USA: $442,638, 4 May 2008
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The gym used in "The Hammer" is the same gym used in Showtime's Ray Donovan
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The call letters of the station for the announcer in the finals taking place in California starts with a "W" (WKXP). Broadcasting call letters in the USA west of the Mississippi river start with a "K". However, this was not standardized until the 1930s and many stations created before that time kept their W or K even though they were east/west of the Mississippi. See more
This guy was not the number one ranked amateur five years ago for nothing.
What's he been doing for the last five years?
He's been doing five years.
References Speed Racer
Alive & Amplified
Written by Sammy James Jr.
, Graham Tyler
& The Matrix
Performed by The Mooney Suzuki
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