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Joe and Max (2002)

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True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

Director:

Steve James

Writer:

Jason Horwitch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Til Schweiger ... Max Schmeling
Leonard Roberts ... Joe Louis
Richard Roundtree ... Jack Blackburn
David Paymer ... Joe Jacobs
Peta Wilson ... Anny Ondra
Bruce Weitz ... Mike Jacobs
Siena Goines ... Marva Lewis
John Toles-Bey ... John Roxborough
Jürgen Schornagel ... Max Machon
Paul Collins ... Jim Farley
August Zirner ... David Lewin
Rolf Kanies ... Adolph Hitler
Wilfried Hochholdinger ... Joseph Goebbels
Cole S. McKay ... Paolino Uzcudun (as Cole McKay)
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Jack Dempsey
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True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

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Biography | Drama | Sport | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for fight sequences and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

3 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Well-crafted and underrated
1 June 2003 | by speechmastersSee all my reviews

I was surprised at the low overall rating this movie got. It won a Best Editing award, and the fine photography, editing, and one of the best jobs of musical scoring I have ever heard, alone, make it very watchable. Shot mostly on location in Berlin, check out the production design. Better than many feature films completed on ten times the budget. The interiors and exteriors of Harlem nightclubs and Third Reich headquarters never looked more accurate or better lit. I agree that there is some mis-casting, and while the acting isn't Oscar caliber, it isn't bad either. As far as being a movie for boxing fans only--no. I have no interest whatsoever in sports, and found the story compelling. The wider influence that sports has on society is an interesting context. Max Snelling getting big corporate sponsorship just months after honing a reputation as one of the worlds most hated personas--brings to mind parallels in todays celebrity-driven scene.


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