• Cinderella Man (2005)

Cinderella Man

Release Date: June 3rd, 2005

DVD Release Date: December 6th, 2005

PG-13 |2 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

During the Great Depression, ex-boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) works as a day laborer until his former manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti) offers him a one-time slot against a rising young contender. After he wins a shocking upset, Braddock goes back into the ring full time, against the wishes of his frightened wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger). Dubbed "The Cinderella Man" for his rags-to-riches story, Braddock sets his sights on the defending champion, the fearsome Max Baer (Craig Bierko).

Cast: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Paddy Considine, Bruce McGill, Ron Canada, David Huband

Director: Ron Howard

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Imagine Entertainment

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: New York City , 1930s , Wife , Underdog , Office , Rise , Transformation , Emotional , Marriage

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Ron Howard and Russell Crowe bring the Braddock story to vivid life in a superbly acted, beautifully shot, highly engaging drama that ranks as one of Howard's best efforts. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Ron Howard's Depression-era movie also works from the inside out, building a classic underdog drama from depth of character, rich texture, vivid detail and stirring performances.

  • 100
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Cinderella Man is not a movie about boxing, but about this boxer who personified the heart and hope of 1935. show more

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
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