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Cinderella Man
- Russell Crowe

Overview - Director Ron Howard and star Russell Crowe re-team after their Oscar-winning collaboration, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, for this rousing biopic. It's the true story of boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), a heavyweight contender from New Jersey nicknamed "the Bulldog of Bergen," who lost his fame and fortune during the Great Depression only to win the hearts of the downtrodden during a spectacular comeback.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Ron Howard and star Russell Crowe re-team after their Oscar-winning collaboration, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, for this rousing biopic. It's the true story of boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), a heavyweight contender from New Jersey nicknamed "the Bulldog of Bergen," who lost his fame and fortune during the Great Depression only to win the hearts of the downtrodden during a spectacular comeback. Crowe is masterful as Braddock, with Renee Zellweger playing his wife, and Paul Giamatti as his loyal friend and manager, Joe Gould. The sharply observed script devotes a significant amount of screen time to the domestic struggles of Braddock's family; developing character and place with a wealth of period detail, so when the comeback starts, the payoff is enormous. The matches themselves are unforgettable: raw, intense, riveting, with more than a passing stylistic nod to Martin Scorsese's groundbreaking 1980 film, RAGING BULL. Though it may sound a bit formulaic, one should remember that this is the true and "original" underdog boxer story from which all others hail, and it's riveted together with true craftsmanship. Howard has a real skill for plucking audience members' heartstrings, and the performances are first-rate. Giamatti and Crowe play off each other in a rapport perfectly suited to their roles, especially at the ring, where the one's manic intensity makes a perfect contrast to the other's warrior grace.

Cast List

Dan Hanley - Editor, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)
Daniel Hanley - Editor, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)
Ron Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Ronnie Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Ronny Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Thomas Newman - Composer
Mike Hill - Editor, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)
Michael Hill - Editor, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)
Brian Grazer - Producer
Wynn Thomas - Production Designer, INSIDE MAN (2006)
Wynn P. Thomas - Production Designer, INSIDE MAN (2006)
Craig Bierko - Actor/"Victimless Crimes"
Paul Giamatti
Renée Zellweger - American Actress, NURSE BETTY (2000)
Renee Kathleen Zellweger - American Actress, NURSE BETTY (2000)
Bruce McGill - Star, BEHIND ENEMY LINES II: AXIS OF EVIL (2006)
Todd Hallowell - Producer/Director/Design
Cliff Hollingsworth - Screenwriter, CINDERELLA MAN (2005)
Russell Crowe - Australian Actor, GLADIATOR (2000)
Salvatore Totino - Director of Photography
Penny Marshall - American Film and Television Actress/Director, BIG, LAVERNE
Akiva Goldsman
Paddy Considine - A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS
Daniel Orlandi - Costume Designer, MEET THE PARENTS (2000)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 145
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192211928
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (intense boxing violence and some language)
  • Release Date: May 2006

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Movies > Dramas

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Theatrical Release: June 3, 2005

Reviews:
"[T]here's not another actor working in the movies today with Crowe's kind of gravitational pull to authenticity..." - 06/10/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.78-79


"Out of the ring and opposite Mr. Giamatti, Mr. Crowe eases into the boxer's soft side, at times beautifully; in the ring, he's repulsively believable." - 06/03/2005 New York Times, p.E18


"The climactic matchup works splendidly for two reasons. There's so much on the line, and the staging is breathtaking..." - 06/10/2005 USA Today, p.4E


"Crowe's physical acting is miraculous....A top-notch entertainment and as fine a sports movie as one could hope for." - 07/01/2005 Premiere, p.44-46


"Imbuing his Braddock with uncommon dignity and integrity, Crowe creates an utterly human character..." - 09/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.59-60


"Russell Crowe is rugged and resilient....It's a solid picture..." - 10/01/2005 Uncut, p.137


Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "If there's any justice, DVD will rescue this rousing drama from shocking box-office indifference." - 12/01/2005 Rolling Stone, p.92


"[An] emotional true story....This is a good soundtrack that works well with the story." - 07/01/2006 Widescreen Review, p.65


"The film is RAGING BULL minus the rage, though with a motivation that's at least as involving, and a lot more surprising." - 05/22/2009 Wall Street Journal

 
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