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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie Kallen
... Luther Shaw
... Felix Reynolds
... Sam LaRocca
... Gavin Reese
... Irving Abel
... Renee
... Ray Kallen
... Pete Kallen
... Little Jackie
... Pedro Hernandez (as Juan Hernandez)
... Doug Doherty
... Devon Green
Gene Mack ... Kevin Keyes
... 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.


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

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20 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,038,546, 22 February 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,884,190, 8 April 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,614,280
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Trivia

Tim Daley (Gavin) & Tony Shaloub (Sam) played together in the long running sitcom "Wings". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jackie Kallen: That's my job to see shit coming.
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Connections

Edited into Indie Film Cafe (2004) See more »

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Timido
by Willy Abers, Ulises Bella, Jose Espinosa, Raul Pacheco (as Raul Pacheco, Jr.), Justin Poree, Asdrubal Sierra and Jiro Yamaguchi
Performed by Ozomatli
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Meg Ryan and Tony Shaloub are excellent in this fact-inspired movie.
19 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't follow boxing, but the lady that Meg Ryan portrays is apparently the female ground-breaker as a boxing manager. The movie is set in Cleveland, on a dare she finds a local black man who appears to have potential, she gets a retired trainer to look at her kid, and together they make a winner. Tony Shaloub is the best here, as the ruthless local boxing manager and promoter who gets his cronies to blacklist her and prevent her boxer from fighting in local fights. So she has to take him to places like Buffalo, NY and cities in Florida to win fight that will eventually get him a title fight. A different role for Meg Ryan, she changes her voice and has to play a "hard" woman. In the DVD extras, the real lady boxing manager is interviewed and it is a nice addition to the story that was inspired by her life, but many things have been changed so it is not really a biographical sketch. The movie is better than its IMDb rating would indicate.


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