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Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

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Summary: During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring.
Runtime: 144 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language.
Production: Universal Pictures
Genres: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Dec 6, 2005
Director Credit
Ron Howard Director
Writer Credit
Akiva Goldsman Screenplay
Cliff Hollingsworth Story
Principal Cast Credit
Craig Bierko Max Baer
Renée Zellweger Mae Braddock
Russell Crowe Jim Braddock
Cast Credit
Ariel Waller Rosemarie Braddock
Bruce McGill Jimmy Johnston
Chuck Shamata Father Rorick
Connor Price Jay Braddock
David Huband Ford Bond
Gene Pyrz Jake
Linda Kash Lucille Gould
Nicholas Campbell Sporty Lewis
Paddy Considine Mike Wilson
Patrick Louis Howard Braddock
Paul Giamatti Joe Gould
Rosemarie DeWitt Sara Wilson
Producer Credit
Brian Grazer Producer
James Whitaker Co-Executive Producer
Kathleen McGill Associate Producer
Louisa Velis Associate Producer
Penny Marshall Producer
Ron Howard Producer
Todd Hallowell Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: