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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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Jackie Kallen
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Luther Shaw
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Felix Reynolds
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Sam LaRocca
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Gavin Reese
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Irving Abel
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Renee
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Ray Kallen
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Pete Kallen
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Little Jackie
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Pedro Hernandez (as Juan Hernandez)
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Dorsett
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Devon Green
Gene Mack ...
Kevin Keyes
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Corcoran
Jared Durand ...
Young Crisco
Diego Fuentes ...
Car Attendant
Angelo Tucci ...
Rex
Reg Dreger ...
Lonnie
Arturo Fresolone ...
Hernandez' Manager
James Jardine ...
Ring Announcer
Big Daddy Wayne ...
Stormy
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Street Crony
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Barrel Chested Man
Hayley Verlyn ...
Beauty with LaRocca
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Mouketendi
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Crisco
Joel Harris ...
Mathias
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Mathias' Manager
Bruce Gooch ...
Pawn Shop Clerk
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Heavyweight
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Heavyweight
Adrianne Keshock ...
Janey
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Organic Clerk
Jackie Kallen ...
Female Reporter
Mike Kraft ...
Jacobs
John Christopher Terry ...
USA Today Reporter
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Megan the Reporter
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Kimberly Insurance
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LaRocca Henchman (as Noah Danby)
Rocky Zolnierczyk ...
Sands Fight Referee
Tracy Waterhouse ...
Receptionist
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Ring Announcer
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HBO Commentator
Ray Marsh ...
Final Fight Referee
Jeff Ironi ...
Security Guard
Jean Daigle ...
Montage Promoter
Carlos Varela Jr. ...
Hernandez' Trainer
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Ticket Guy
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Philadelphia Fight Official
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Sands
Julian Scott ...
Ray Kallen's Sparring Partner
Remo DiCarlo ...
Buffalo Opponent
Everton McEwan ...
Luther's Sparring Partner
Eric Reynolds ...
Hopeful Fighter
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Luther's Trainer
Syd Vanderpool ...
Luther's Tampa Opponent
Egerton Marcus ...
Hopeful Fighter
Suchart Yodkerepauprai ...
Rugged Boxer
Hector Perez ...
Hernandez' Sparring Partner
Rogue Johnston ...
Montage Opponent (as Rogue Johnson)
Paul Lawrie ...
Montage Opponent
Donovan Boucher ...
Montage Opponent
Martin Van Zanten ...
Montage Opponent
Edwin DeLeon ...
Montage Opponent
Chad Keens-Douglas ...
Montage Opponent
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Montage Opponent (as Michael Amos)
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Montage Opponent
Joseph Richardson ...
Montage Opponent
Everol Carty ...
Montage Opponent
Derek Bujalski ...
Montage Opponent
Michael Dion ...
DJ at Strip Club
Adrian Teodorescu ...
Referee
Alwin Mascoll ...
Interviewed Boxer
Peter Wylie ...
Miami Referee
Dave Dunbar ...
Philadelphia Referee
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Hottub Girl (scenesDeleted) (as Lisa MacKay)
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Hottub Girl (scenesDeleted)
Todd Bendera ...
Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Keith Carr ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Boxer's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jef Etters ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Boxing Trainer (uncredited)
Rick Fike Jr. ...
Cameraman (uncredited)
Denver Jade ...
Extra (uncredited)
John Kalbhenn ...
Referee (uncredited)
Danny Lentz ...
Police Detective (uncredited)
Marc Lupish ...
Extra (uncredited)
Paul Mota ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Sarah Scotford ...
Stripper (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
A.J. Verel ...
LaRocca Bodyguard (uncredited)

Directed by

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Charles S. Dutton

Written by

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Jackie Kallen ... (life)
 
Cheryl Edwards ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert W. Cort ... producer
Mike Drake ... co-producer
Jackie Kallen ... associate producer
Scarlett Lacey ... executive producer
David Madden ... producer
Jonathan Pillot ... executive producer
Steven Roffer ... executive producer
Sharon Seto ... field producer: EPK

Music by

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Michael Kamen

Cinematography by

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Jack N. Green

Film Editing by

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Eric L. Beason

Editorial Department

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Diane Brunjes ... assistant editor
Paul Covington ... assistant editor
Donald Freeman ... colorist
Jim Passon ... color timer
Brigitte Rabazo ... first assistant editor: Canada
Mark Rathaus ... first assistant editor
Dennis Thorlaksen ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Tina Gerussi
Avy Kaufman

Production Design by

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Sandra Kybartas

Art Direction by

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Armando Sgrignuoli

Set Decoration by

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Steven Essam

Costume Design by

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Ruth E. Carter

Makeup Department

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Renee Chan ... assistant hair stylist
Veronica Ciandre ... hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio ... hair designer: Ms. Ryan (as Alan Dangerio)
Linda Dowds ... makeup artist
Robert C. Mathews III ... hair stylist: Mr. Epps
Elaine L. Offers ... makeup artist: Ms. Ryan (as Elaine Offers)
Rita Pacitto ... second assistant hair stylist
Dorota Zajac ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Lyn Lucibello ... unit production manager
Karyn McCarthy ... production manager: USA

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Genevieve Anthony ... assistant director
Sarah Campbell ... second assistant director
Richard Cowan ... first assistant director
Matt Hunwicks ... trainee assistant director
Don H. Julien ... second assistant director: Cleveland
Joanna Moore ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Tory Bellingham ... property master
Kelly Brine ... storyboard artist
J. Tracy Budd ... set dresser
John S. Bukala ... construction coordinator: Cleveland
Paula Collins ... on-set dresser
Robert DeSue ... set dresser
Alexander Galant ... assistant art director
James A. Gelarden ... art director: US
Kenneth J. Kellers ... leadman
Matthew Lammerich ... key scenic artist
Erin Leslie ... assistant key scenic artist
Aaron Morrison ... assistant art director
Jeff Poulis ... assistant property master
Erika Rice ... props buyer
Dawn Rivard ... set decoration buyer
Diana Stoughton ... set decorator: Cleveland
Donald Vandewater ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

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Jonathan Andrews ... boom operator
Bruce Carwardine ... production sound mixer
Pat Cassin ... second boom operator
David E. Fluhr ... re-recording mixer
Gabriel Guy ... sound recordist
Brian W. Jennings ... sound effects editor
Jon Johnson ... supervising sound editor
Ryan Juggler ... assistant sound editor
Susan Kurtz ... dialog editor / sound editor
Yann Legay ... french dubbing editor
William Levins ... sound editor
Charles Maynes ... sound effects editor
Christian P. Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Angelo Palazzo ... sound editor
Michael Paterson ... daily sound transferer
Eliza Pollack Zebert ... adr editor
Vic Radulich ... adr editor
Miguel Rivera ... supervising sound editor
Brent Robichaud ... e.p.k audio
Randy Singer ... foley mixer
Brad Sokol ... assistant sound editor
Greg Steele ... adr mixer
Bruce Stubblefield ... sound editor
Mike Szakmeister ... supervising dialogue editor
Robert Troy ... dialogue editor
Robert Ulrich ... supervising adr editor
Markus Wade ... boom operator
James Wright ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo

Special Effects by

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Keith Baur ... special effects crew
Rocco Larizza ... special effects assistant
John MacGillivray ... special effects coordinator
Boyd Martin ... special effects foreman
Richard Rivera ... special effects coordinator
Rob Sanderson ... special effects foreman

Visual Effects by

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Bret Culp ... on-set supervisor
Paul DeOliveira ... digital compositor
Steven Fagerquist ... digital compositor
Maria A. Gordon ... digital compositor
Peter Koczera ... senior digital artist
Derek Ledbetter ... compositor
Bob Munroe ... visual effects supervisor (as Robert Munroe)
Ken Ouellette ... 2D paint artist: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures / compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Brian A. Smeets ... digital compositor
Ken D. Smith ... digital efx producer
Jay Stanners ... digital effects artist
Martin Tori ... on set visual effects supervisor
Hilton Treves ... visual effects
Tracey Vaz ... lead 2D compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Marnie Wells ... digital compositor
Alphonso Young ... digital compositor
Louis Kim ... digital compositor: CORE Digital Pictures (uncredited)

Stunts

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Nick Alachiotis ... stunts
Roy T. Anderson ... stunt coordinator
Rogue Johnston ... stunts
Neven Pajkic ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mark Beauchamp ... second assistant camera
Pierre Berube ... best boy rigging electric
Kevin Boyd ... key video assist operator: Cleveland
Craig Bulmer ... electrician
Brian 'Buzz' Buzzelli ... dolly grip
Glenn Cannon ... video assist operator
Michael Carella ... camera operator
Ian Carmody ... electrician
Trevor Carroll-Coe ... film loader: Cleveland
Joe Cassano ... grip: Cleveland
Bill Coe ... first assistant camera: Cleveland
Angelo Colavecchia ... camera operator
John Colavecchia ... assistant camera
Carolyn Cox ... additional first assistant camera
Kiely Cronin ... second assistant camera: "d" camera
Tim Davis ... video assist operator
Alex Dawes ... rigging gaffer: Cleveland
Cylvan Desrouleaux ... additional assistant camera
Jeff Fisher ... electrician
Howard Galbraith Jr. ... best boy
Howard Galbraith ... best boy (as Howie Galbraith)
Michael Galbraith ... gaffer
Ben Gervais ... camera operator: video / playback operator
Glen Goodchild ... best boy grip
Wayne Goodchild ... key grip
Greg Grainger ... grip
Peter N. Green ... first assistant camera: USA
Ryan Green ... camera operator
Jeff Heintzman ... grip
Mark Hryma ... camera operator: Wescam camera
Dan Jarrell ... grip
Jim Krauter ... dolly grip
Julie 'Doc' Lindstrom ... electrician: Cleveland
Bobby McMahan ... second assistant camera: Cleveland
Clyde Miller ... assistant camera: Wescam camera
Charles Moore ... grip
Keith Nickoson ... company grip
Mike Nixon ... remote head technician
Michael Plant ... generator operator
Ron Renzetti ... dolly grip
Davidson Tate ... rigging gaffer
Ron Zabarsky ... electrician

Casting Department

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Lavelle Brown ... casting assistant
Jessica Daniels ... casting assistant
Amanda L. Preputnik ... extras casting
Lillian Pyles ... casting: Cleveland
Maureen Whalen ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elayne Alexander ... wardrobe key set
Catherine Ashton ... assistant costume designer
Lois DeArmond ... costume illustrator
Jay Du Boisson ... costume supervisor
Renee Fontana ... costumer: Ms. Ryan (as Renée Bravener)
Mia Sturup ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Matt Cahill ... location scout
Rita Duffey ... 2nd unit location manager
Artis I. Gaines ... assistant location manager
Will Hoddinott ... location manager
Don J. Hug ... location manager: USA
Gregory Katz ... assistant location manager
Mark McFadden ... assistant location manager
Mark Moore ... location scout

Music Department

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Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist
Peter Boyer ... orchestrator
James Seymour Brett ... music co-producer
Johnny Caruso ... music editor
Debbi Datz-Pyle ... orchestra contractor
Bruce Dukov ... concert master
Robert Elhai ... orchestrator
Joel Franklin ... music preparation
Joel Iwataki ... music scoring mixer
Blake Neely ... orchestrator
Curtis Roush ... music editor
Jonathan Sacks ... orchestrator
Brad Warnaar ... orchestrator

Script and Continuity Department

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Anna Rane ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Michael Corazza ... transportation co-captain
Marc Scott ... transportation coordinator
Frank Tenaglia ... transportation captain
Robert Tenaglia ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

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Julie Adams ... dialect consultant: Ms. Meg Ryan
Leslie Adler ... assistant: Ms. Ryan
Nick Alachiotis ... assistant boxing choreographer
Gerry Alfonso ... payroll accountant
Kate Amer ... production coordinator
Roy T. Anderson ... boxing choreographer
Jackie Bazan ... publicist
John 'Frenchie' Berger ... armorer
Kevin Berman ... consultant
Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe ... legal representative
Peter Bird ... production assistant
Linda Blaine ... production assistant
Michelle Breger ... assistant production coordinator: USA
Chad Bronson ... production assistant
Adrienne Brown ... production assistant
Alex Capaldi ... production office assistant
Anthony Carovillano ... craft service
Keith Carr ... production assistant
Brian Dickson ... production assistant
Larry Donahue ... caterer
Kevin Drysdale ... production assistant
Ava DuVernay ... promotional services
Jef Etters ... production assistant
Joe Everett ... unit publicist
Jay Floyd ... clearance administrator
Cheryl Francis ... assistant: Mr. Dutton
Jennifer Ganton ... production secretary
Christina Grozik ... film commissioner
Leigh Ann Hayes ... assistant: Ms. Ryan
Paul Hiscock ... assistant: Ms. Ryan (as Paul R. Hiscock)
Daniel Horvat ... first assistant production accountant
Allen Kellogg ... production assistant
Matthew Kosoy ... assistant: Mr. Drake
Marco Kyris ... stand in: Tony Shalhoub
Will F. Moore ... extras wrangler
Amanda L. Preputnik ... extras wrangler
Robin M. Reelis ... assistant production coordinator
James Renner ... production assistant
Glen Richard ... production auditor
Jennifer K. Rosner ... assistant: Mr. Madden (as Jennifer Rosner)
Todd SanSone ... production assistant: Cleveland
Nina Saxon ... title designer
Sandra Seacat ... acting coach: Meg Ryan
Tasha Smith ... assistant: Mr. Dutton
Vess Stoeva ... assistant accountant
Shadeed Suluki ... trainer: Mr. Epps
Matthew T. ... production assistant
Kimberly Taylor ... set teacher
Debbie Tieman ... first assistant accountant
Dave Tommasini ... helicopter pilot
Lora Umphress ... payroll accountant: Cleveland
Cherokee Walker ... helicopter pilot
James A. Wolf Jr. ... production assistant
Becky Woodward ... production assistant
Mimi Zora ... assistant: Mr. Cort
Shannonn Kelly ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeremy Rubolino ... assistant: Michael Kamen (uncredited)

Thanks

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Todd k Smith ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Jackie Kallen Story (United States)
  • Die Promoterin (Germany)
  • Dans les cordes (France)
  • Contra las cuerdas (Spain)
  • Contrecoups (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $39,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,038,546, 22 Feb 2004
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $6,614,280

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Indie Film Cafe (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Baby Workout See more »
Quotes Jackie Kallen: All that plastic. It's a wonder she doesn't melt in that spotlight.
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