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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
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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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 »

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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:

$6,432,551
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Referenced in Fear of Clowns (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Back to the Track
by Barbara L. Jordan and William Peterkin
Performed by Billy McClain and Deanna DellaCioppa
Courtesy of Barbara L. Jordan and Heavy Hitters
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Agreeable comedy-drama about boxing world with a likable Meg Ryan as an obstinate promoter
4 October 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie focuses to Jackie Kallen(Meg Ryan), a Jewish girl from Detroit, a secretary plenty of wide dreams. After a stake with a famous commissioner(Tony Shalhoub)she becomes a boxing promoter of a young boxer(Omar Epps).Then she hires a retired coach(Charles S. Dutton) for training the inexperienced boxer.

Although is a fictional story is based on true events referred by United States's most noted boxing manager. In addition, are narrated her relationship with the tough boxer, her fight to survive into boxing world, a sport strongly dominated by male sex. It's developed with humor, love and a little bit of drama. The casting is frankly excellent, a sympathetic though selfish Meg Ryan, a two-fisted but sensible Omar Epps, today well known as the doctor in ¨House¨, such as Tony Shaloub by ¨Monk¨series; furthermore Jose Cortese and Tim Daly(son of James Daly and brother of Tyne Daly) as a sports reporter. The motion picture packs an enjoyable cinematography by Jack N. Greene( Clint Eastwood's usual cameraman) and catching soundtrack by Michael Kamen(Weapon Lethal, Die hard). The movie is professionally directed by usually actor Charles S Dutton in his first movie, he has followed directing television movies. Rating : Acceptable and entertaining . The film will like to Meg Ryan fans and boxing buffs but displays nice combats.


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