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Cinderella Man [WS] [Blu-ray] [2005]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (37 out of 39)

    Special Features


    • Feature commentary with director Ron Howard
    • Feature commentary with co-writer Akiva Goldsman
    • Feature commentary with co-writer Cliff Hollingsworth
    • Deleted scenes
    • The Fight Card: casting Cinderella Man
    • For the Record: a history in boxing
    • Ringside seats
    • Jim Braddock: the friends & family behind the legend
    • Pre-fight preparations
    • Lights, camera, action: the fight from every angle
    • Braddock vs. Baer fight footage
    • Photo montage
    • The sound of the bell
    • Cinderella Man music featurette
    • The human face of the depression
    • Russell Crowe's personal journey: becoming Jim Braddock

    Synopsis


    Cinderella Man
    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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Russell Crowe
      Russell Crowe - Jim Braddock
    • Renée Zellweger
      Renée Zellweger - Mae Braddock
    • Paul Giamatti
      Paul Giamatti - Joe Gould
    • Craig Bierko
      Craig Bierko - Max Baer
    • Bruce McGill
      Bruce McGill - Jimmy Johnston



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 39 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      SHOULD have done better at the box office & Oscars

      Posted
      CKCSWHFFAN
      • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

      I remember when this film was released June 2005. Didn’t really do well at the box office. SHOULD have been released in the fall. Good to watch the story. BUT, WE DID NOT NEED THE MADE UP/NOT REAL CHARACTER OF MIKE. Russell did his normal excellent job. SHOULD have gotten an Oscar nomination. Good to see Braddock’s granddaughter playing FAKE MIKE'S wife. I did NOT like the Mae character. I know this was a long time ago & woman’s roles were different but come on. Sat around while Jim busted himself at the docks & getting back into boxing to make money for the family. Did NOT support Jim’s boxing, she would NOT watch nor listen. A few extras on the DVD. When DVD's USED to have chapter search lists. Interesting to see making of sections.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An excellent, underappreciated film

      Posted
      JJPJ

      Actually, "Cinderella Man" is quite a good picture. Based on a true story, the movie, directed by Ron Howard, does an excellent job recreating the Depression Era setting and the life and times of heavyweight champion James Braddock, whom newspapers nicknamed the "Cinderella Man" for his fairy-tale win over former champ Max Baer. Russell Crowe as Braddock and Renee Zellweger as his wife do fine jobs portraying the main characters, and Paul Giamotti is perfect as the fight manager.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

      Posted
      DCCTSL
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I loved the movie. It is based on a true story. Very accurate, except possibly Max Baer but his character in the movie was well played. One of Ron Howard's best movies. I'm not even a fan of Russell Crowe but he was really good in this. The movie comes with some nice additional features.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Something for everyone

      Posted
      FancyNancy
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This movie had the boxing angle, which kept it from being too "girly", so my husband liked it. And it had the romance angle, which was very well-done and believable. Great performances!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Maybe the best boxing movie ever

      Posted
      Gaspode
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Forget about Rocky or Raging Bull, Cinderella Man might well be the best boxing movie ever. The performances, cinematography, directing, writing; everything is top-notch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie!

      Posted
      Novasonic
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      This movie is the same collaboration of Ron Howard and Russell Crowe as A Beautiful Mind. This is a great movie and definitely worth picking up!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great story of overcoming adversity!

      Posted
      Ksucatinokc
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      I’m sure there is artistic license taken, but this is an incredible story based on actual events.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie.

      Posted
      anb3

      This movie is awesome. Crowe is one of the better actors over the past decade or so. He was also nothing short of incredible in Gladiator.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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