Cinderella ManDirector: Ron Howard
The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his life is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the 1920s, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) from Bergen, NJ, was a promising contender in professional boxing; he had strength, spirit, and tenacity, but the combination of a serious hand injury and a 1929 defeat in a bout with light heavyweight champ Tommy Loughran sent his career into a serious tailspin. As Braddock's career in the ring dried up, the Great Depression put a stake through the heart of America's economy, and Braddock found himself working at the New York docks for pitiful wages as he tried to support his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger), and three children. Desperate for money, Braddock turned to his former trainer and manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti), who was unexpectedly able to scare up a bout for him, battling John Griffin at Madison Square Garden. While conventional wisdom had it that Braddock was too old, out of shape, and out of practice to have any chance of winning, he defeated Griffin, and continued beating his opponents with a powerful left hook that had been intensified by years of punishing dock work. In a nation desperate for good news, Braddock's surprising comeback became a tonic to struggling workers and unemployed people, and all eyes were on Braddock when in 1935 he took on powerful heavyweight champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in what was both literally and figuratively the fight of his life.
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- Universal Studios
Cast & Crew
|Russell Crowe||Jim Braddock|
|Renée Zellweger||Mae Braddock|
|Paul Giamatti||Joe Gould|
|Craig Bierko||Max Baer|
|Bruce McGill||Jimmy Johnston|
|Paddy Considine||Mike Wilson|
|Ron Canada||Joe Jeanette|
|David Huband||Ford Bond|
|Connor Price||Jay Braddock|
|Ariel Waller||Rosemarie Braddock|
|Patrick Louis||Howard Braddock|
|Linda Kash||Lucille Gould|
|Nicholas Campbell||Sporty Lewis|
|David Leroy Anderson||Makeup Special Effects|
|William M. Connor||Asst. Director|
|Peter Grundy||Art Director|
|Todd Hallowell||Executive Producer|
|David Hirschfield||Set Decoration/Design|
|Cliff Hollingsworth||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Michael Madden||Set Decoration/Design|
|Kathleen McGill||Associate Producer|
|Thomas Newman||Score Composer|
|Daniel Orlandi||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Russell Moore||Set Decoration/Design|
|Wynn P. Thomas||Production Designer|
|John J. Thomson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Louisa Velis||Associate Producer|
|Gordon White||Set Decoration/Design|
|Dan Yarhi||Art Director|
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This movie is by far my favorite. The story is told so incredibly well, I don't understand how most people don't know about this movie. Russell Crowe is absolutely fantastic, and it is a truly heartwarming story.
Throughout the years, there have been only two great boxing movies: "Raging Bull" and "Rocky". You can now add this one to the list. The story of James J. Braddock has been described as one of the most inspirational stories in all of sports history, and I'm not going to argue with that. Director Ron Howard and star Russell Crowe propell this movie past typical sports movie cliches to present us with an entirely unique look at a once great boxer who gets a second chance. Though some complained about the restrained vision of the Great Depression, this film is more interested in character study, and appropriately so. Every actor in this film gives their best work and the technical aspects are very well done. Whether or not this film has a chance at Oscar time remains to be seen, but it's definitely the first film released this year to prove itself worthy of even a consideration by the Academy. A terrific movie. I'll be sure to pick up the special edition.
ron howards one of the best directors of our time. Him and Crowe work magic when their together. A Beautiful Mind was amazing and this is even better. The only film better than this that came out in 2005 is Crash but Crowe is a shoe-in for best actor and zellweger is probably going to be up for supporting actress, dont forget giamatti for sup. actor.
Cinderella Man is one of this year's best films to be put onto the silver screen. An inspiring movie of the famed boxer, James Braddock, recreates oustandingly authentic boxing fights and a wonderful subplot of his personal fight to keep his family together during the Depression Era. Russell Crowe brilliantly handles his character and adds a touch to the film otherwise unable to be achieved. Actress Renee Zellweger plays Braddock's loving wife, creating the perfect match between the two actors. And Paul Giamatti exceptionally plays the boxer's trainer. Truly a triumph and worthy of an Academy Award! Bravo to director Ron Howard and the cast!!
Directed by the incomperable Ron Howard, with his favorite star, Russel Crowe in the lead and Renee Zellewegger playing a fantastic second string, this is one superb film!! This little known boxing story is touching, heartwarming, and a study in courage, grit, and the will to survive that does not come along often. Crowe, as usual, is superb and definately deserved a Golden Globe nomination--though, sadly, his bad boy image has robbed him of any further awards from the industry. Let's hope this is not the case for his co-star as she is superb and a study in misery, joy, and strength that equals her Oscar-winning part in "Cold Mountain." Great sports' movies can translate into wonderful studies of human nature--ie. "Raging Bull," "Brian's Song, " "8 Seconds, " "The Contender"--the list is too long to go on!! This film is at the top of the heap!! BRAVO MR. HOWARD!!
This movie is really cool! Even though most people know the story goes, the movie still has you wondering what is going to happen next!