Cinderella Man

directed by Ron Howard
Category: "Sports"
Year of Release:2005
Date Added:06/13/2005
Date Watched:06/09/2005
Description:In 1935, boxer Jimmy Braddock completed one of the most amazing comebacks in sports history, going from a Depression-era soup line to a title bout with heavyweight champion Max Baer, who was famous for doing severe—even deadly—damage to his foes. Braddock inspired not just sports fans, but a whole nation. He was a savior to his family, who had fallen on hard times.

Howard, reuniting with the Oscar-winning team of screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and star Russell Crowe, in combination with the talents of actors Paul Giamatti and Rene Zellweger, has turned Braddock's story into a heavyweight Oscar contender.
My Rating:8

Reviews for Cinderella Man

Review - Cinderella Man

For the first half hour of Cinderella Man, I was rather bored. For the final half hour, I was shaking with excitement. I figured that Braddock would win his boxing match against Max Baer — that's the way these movies usually end — but I didn't know (and I'm not going to ruin the movie by telling you. The scene was set up so well in the movie that I was totally caught up in the suspense.

Russell Crowe is an incredible actor. Several of the men who played his opponents in the movie were actual boxers, and during the fight sequences, he took several hard blows that gave him a couple concussions and a variety of other injuries (which explains Craig's comment that the scenes looked real). The Depression-era settings and cars were interesting to see too, although I'm guessing there was a lot more squalor in real life. The events of Braddock's life and fights followed history fairly closely and added another level of interest.

So while it was a formula underdog-makes-big movie (think Seabiscuit with gloves on), it was also well-made, well-acted and exciting.
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