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
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 »
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 »
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 »
Put That Sun Back in the Sky
Written by Irving Kahal and Joseph Meyer
Performed by 'Roane's Pennsylvanians'
Courtesy of Bluebird / Novus / RCA Victor
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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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