Against the Ropes

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Actor Charles S. Dutton directs Meg Ryan and Omar Epps in the boxing film Against the Ropes. The film makes its debut on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a featurette on the making of the film and a short documentary on the real-life ...
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Actor Charles S. Dutton directs Meg Ryan and Omar Epps in the boxing film Against the Ropes. The film makes its debut on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a featurette on the making of the film and a short documentary on the real-life Jackie Kallen -- the woman played by Meg Ryan in the film. The theatrical trailer rounds out this average title from Paramount.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Two featurettes: "A Ringside Seat," "Queen of the Ring: Jackie Kallen Then & Now"; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround, English Dolby surround, French Dolby surround; English subtitles
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That other 2004 boxing movie directed by an actor who casts himself as a trainer in the film, Charles S. Dutton's Against the Ropes is no Million Dollar Baby, but it does also focus on the unusual role of a woman in the world of pugilism. As played by Meg Ryan with a raspy Midwestern mill-town accent, that woman comes across as a lot tougher than her coiffed appearance would indicate, and a lot better informed about baahhxing than her male counterparts want to admit. Thankfully, she doesn't play the martyr saint. Ryan and Dutton realize that even though she's the only female representative in this male-dominated world, she can be less than perfect, and get the kind of inflated head that alienates both her boxer (Omar Epps) and the audience. Unfortunately, the film doesn't go quite far enough in documenting these human weaknesses, which leaves the audience a bit puzzled when she becomes universally vilified in the boxing community. The story then takes on many of the standard components of failure and redemption, all leading toward "the big fight" whose outcome is a tad less than uncertain. By the time the film closes with the most tired of clichés -- the slow clap that builds toward thunderous applause -- Against the Ropes has devolved into something utterly conventional. Maybe it's appropriate that a film that deals so much with dualities -- black and white, male and female -- has very few shades of gray.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • UPC: 097363349242
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meg Ryan Jackie Kallen
Omar Epps Luther Shaw
Charles S. Dutton Felix Reynolds
Tony Shalhoub Sam LaRocca
Tim Daly Gavin Reese
Joe Cortese Irving Abel
Kerry Washington Renee
Sean Bell Ray Ray
Skye McCole Bartusiak Jackie Kallen (younger)
Tamara Hickey Megan
Tory Kittles Devon Green
Holt McCallany Doherty
Gene Mack Luther
Technical Credits
Charles S. Dutton Director
Eric L. Beason Editor
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Robert W. Cort Producer
Richard Cowan Asst. Director
Mike Drake Co-producer
Cheryl Edwards Screenwriter
Steven Essam Set Decoration/Design
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Jackie Kallen Associate Producer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Sandra Kybartas Production Designer
Scarlett Lacey Executive Producer
David Madden Producer
Jonathan Pillot Executive Producer
Steven Roffer Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Pretty Tough [5:33]
2. Stuck in the Basement [:56]
3. A Boxer for a Buck [4:34]
4. Thug-and-a-Half [1:55]
5. Raw Potential [5:16]
6. Sparring [1:22]
7. A Warm Welcome [5:38]
8. May the Best Man Win [:46]
9. New Kids on the Block [6:20]
10. Crash and Burn [:33]
11. Mano a Mano [5:28]
12. Take the Shot [6:23]
13. Ready to Rumble [1:29]
14. Switch Up [3:27]
15. Rightful Thanks [4:19]
16. End Titles [1:05]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Dolby Surround
      Audio Options: Français
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      A Ringside Seat
      Queen of the Ring: Jackie Kallen Then & Now
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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