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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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,884,190, 8 April 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,614,280
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer turned down the chance to star in this film because the actress was at the time 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

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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Against the Ropes...A movie to remember
24 February 2004 | by Mbj2much4yaSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of going to the premiere for Against the Ropes in LA on February 11, 2004. I thought the movie was excellant. I am Charles Dutton's neice, and a very big fan of Omar Epps. The movie was very well written, and directed, and the cast did a fantastic job. Meg Ryan definately played her part, and made it be known that there is no such thing as "a man's sport". I give the movie, it's writers, directors, and it's cast 2 thumbs up. This will definately be a movie that I will purchase on DVD when it comes out.


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