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Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History | 3 June 2005 (USA)
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The story of James J. Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to challenge for the heavyweight championship of the world.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Cliff Hollingsworth (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Jim Braddock
Renée Zellweger ... Mae Braddock
Paul Giamatti ... Joe Gould
Craig Bierko ... Max Baer
Paddy Considine ... Mike Wilson
Bruce McGill ... Jimmy Johnston
David Huband ... Ford Bond
Connor Price ... Jay Braddock
Ariel Waller ... Rosemarie Braddock
Patrick Louis ... Howard Braddock
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Sara
Linda Kash ... Lucille Gould
Nicholas Campbell ... Sporty Lewis
Gene Pyrz Gene Pyrz ... Jake
Chuck Shamata ... Father Rorick
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Storyline

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), a.k.a. the Cinderella Man, was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up, and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him - his family - was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, James J. Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor, and an incredible dose of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fuelled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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When America was on its knees, he brought us to our feet. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Art Binkowski didn't like being knocked down during the Corn Griffin vs. James J. Braddock fight scene. He'd never fallen in a real fight, and he didn't want his opponents to think it was even remotely possible. See more »

Goofs

In 1933, Jimmy Braddock reports a dream of dining at the Ritz with Mickey Rooney. In 1933, Rooney was 13-year-old Mickey McGuire, who starred in an series of comedy shorts. Rooney became a major star and household name in the late 1930s. See more »

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[first lines]
Joe Gould: Attaboy! Keep him busy!
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Crazy Credits

Before the title appears the following: "In all the history of the boxing game, you'll find no human interest story to compare with the life narrative of James J. Braddock." - Damon Runyon (1936) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Series 7 Grand Final (2007) See more »

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Put That Sun Back in the Sky
(1932)
Written by Irving Kahal and Joseph Meyer
Performed by 'Roane's Pennsylvanians'
Courtesy of Bluebird / Novus / RCA Victor
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Wonderful!
25 May 2005 | by HmshollytSee all my reviews

This is a truly great film. Russel Crowe, Rene Zellweger and Paul Giametti were all fabulous. Russell Crowe is the best actor of our time. I am not a boxing fan, but I was so engrossed by the character of the Cinderalla Man that I was totally involved in every punch. I didn't know how the story would end, so I had the added thrill of suspense during the final fight.

The story of a family in the midst of the Great Depression was as compelling as the boxing story. The solid family man played by Russell gives us a much needed role model. The historical and socio-economic background was powerfully shown and greatly added to the audience's involvement and is particularly relevant to today. This is a classic film.


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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,320,205, 5 June 2005

Gross USA:

$61,649,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,539,911
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2.35 : 1
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