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Against the Ropes (2004)

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A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.

Director:

Charles S. Dutton

Writers:

Jackie Kallen (life), Cheryl Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Ryan ... Jackie Kallen
Omar Epps ... Luther Shaw
Charles S. Dutton ... Felix Reynolds
Tony Shalhoub ... Sam LaRocca
Tim Daly ... Gavin Reese
Joe Cortese ... Irving Abel
Kerry Washington ... Renee
Sean Bell ... Ray Kallen
Dean McDermott ... Pete Kallen
Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Little Jackie
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Pedro Hernandez (as Juan Hernandez)
Holt McCallany ... Doug Doherty
Tory Kittles ... Devon Green
Gene Mack Gene Mack ... Kevin Keyes
Beau Starr ... Corcoran
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A Jewish woman from Detroit who became a boxing manager, guiding several major careers. This film focuses on her relationship with one boxer (Epps), who's reportedly a composite of several including Toney, McKart and Hearns. Kallen eventually left her husband of 30 years, and moved to Los Angeles, becoming the commissioner of the International Female Boxers Association... Written by austin4577@aol.com

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Taglines:

She gave the boxing world the one-two punch they never saw coming.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude language, violence, brief sensuality and some drug material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer turned down the chance to star in this film because, at the time, the actress was in the process of relocating her family to Northern California. See more »

Goofs

When Luther is having dinner with Jackie, he picks up his napkin twice. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Kallen: All that plastic. It's a wonder she doesn't melt in that spotlight.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Episode #1.6 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Wang Dang Doodle
by Willie Dixon
Performed by KoKo Taylor
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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This movie couldn't decide what it was.
17 September 2018 | by nancyldraperSee all my reviews

This movie couldn't decide what it was. It's not a bioPic. As Kallen, herself, said, "The character is named Jackie Kallen and she sounds like me but they changed so much of the story that it wasn't me... it's just a little confusing to be the actual subject of a movie and yet have it not follow your life enough that you can't recognize yourself." It's not a Rocky story, rising from nothing to champ, because it can't decide who is Rocky - is it Jackie or Luther? It's not Meg Ryan's usual RomCom, although it flirts with the idea in some scenes. And, finally the boxing has no authenticity (the last fight is a joke). The problem with trying to span so many genres it ends up failing in them all. What a waste. I give this film a 4 (poor) out of 10. {BiographyX, RomanceX, Boxing DramaXXX}


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jackie Kallen Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,038,546, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:

$5,884,190

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,596,511
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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