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Cinderella Man
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Directed By
Ron Howard

Written By:
Cliff Hollingsworth, C. Gaby Mitchell, Akiva Goldsman

Cast:
Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Bruce McGill, Paddy Considine, David Huband, Connor Price, Linda Kash, Nicholas Campbell, Chuck Shamata, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ariel Waller, Gene Pyrz, Patrick Louis

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Cinderella Man (2005)
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Movie Review by Tim
March 8th, 2007

What the hell do you have to be sorry for?

In my opinion and I value my own opinion highly, Cinderella Man is the most underrated film of 2005. I still to this day do not understand why this movie did not take off more and go over the $100,000,000 mark.

The story is based on true events of a boxer name Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe.) Braddock is on fire, winning all of his matches and on top of the world. The Great Depression then hits and Braddock who had invested all of his prize money in the stock market goes from riches to rags basically overnight. This causes him to lose his magic touch of being able to win and he basically starts fighting amateurs which he has a hard time handling.

He struggles for months trying to get fights but they are so bad that he gets his license revoked so he can not box anymore. He tries to earn money by picking up shifts at the local dock but they take in around 5 men a day and 40-50 are waiting in line wanting to work so he seldom gets picked. Winter sets in and he can not find work, feed his family or keep electricity on to keep his kids warm in their apartment. He has nothing left and is at his breaking point.

All of the sudden his loyal, lifetime trainer Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti) shows up and offers him a fight. Braddock thinks this is a joke, it sounds too good to be true. A heavy weight contenders original fighter backed out and they need someone last minute to fight. Braddock is offered a one time fight for a couple hundred bucks and the outcome of the fight changes his life forever. This one fight gets him back into the boxing world, all the way to the......Well you need to watch it for yourself.

This film is so much more then a "Rocky" style boxing flick. Boxing is the profession in which Braddock earns a living and its what his passion is but the film takes you deep into the way life was for so many Americans around the time of The Great Depression. It is about hard work, overcoming struggle, dedication, and determination. I can not say enough good things about it. Russell Crowe and Paul Giamatti give A+ performances. The cast is also lead by strong performances from Renée Zellweger (as Mae Braddock), Bruce McGill (as Jimmy Johnston), and Craig Bierko (as Max Baer.)

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SHAYNE
Mar 8, 2007 5:25 PM
 
This is a good drama, it's no Gladiator, but still a film to see.

Jessica
Mar 8, 2007 8:18 PM
 
Cinderella Man is an awesome movie..



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