Cinderella Man

Release Date: June 3, 2005

Russell is ready to take on anyone who thinks 30 Odd Foot of Grunts sucks.

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7/16 Reagen Sulewski Crowe is never less than great and Howard really gets his camera into the action. Too bad all the family scenes fall flat.
19/60 Les Winan Finally, a decent Ron Howard movie. It hits every cliche (poverty, underdog, cute kids) but still delivers. Russell Crowe is typically fantastic.
24/166 David Mumpower Paul Giamatti redeems a potentially overlong, smug production with a soulful performance.
29/85 Kim Hollis Much better than I expected. Fight scenes are wonderfully filmed, and Giamatti is terrific.

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James Braddock needed money to feed his family. So, he started beating people up. Legally.

The story of one of the most famous boxers from the Great Depression will be brought to the big screen by the writer and director and star of 2001's Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind.

Crowe will portray Braddock, who not only as able to feed his family with his boxing success, but eventually earned a match against Max Baer (Bierko) for the heavyweight championship of the world. Zellweger will portray Braddock's wife.

The reteaming of Crowe, director Ron Howard and writer Akiva Goldsman is sure to make many headlines as Cinderella Man nears release as the last time those three worked together, A Beautiful Mind earned $170 million domestically, ten Oscar nominations and five wins.

There are several boxing-related films slated for release in 2004, but this will be the highest profile one since Will Smith's Ali disappointed in 2001. So while the sport itself may not be the big draw, there's a feel-good...feel to the story (Braddock was nicknamed Cinderella Man for his fairy-tale like rise to fame) and that's always something that sells with audiences, especially come awards time.

Crowe is coming off the successful Master and Commander: Far Side of the World, and while Howard missed with The Missing last time out, we're pretty sure Opie will be back in form here. Nobody had heard of John Forbes Nash, Jr. before A Beautiful Mind was released. Don't be too surprised if the story of James Braddock follows a similar path. (Tim Briody/BOP)

Vital statistics for Cinderella Man
Main Cast Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger
Supporting Cast Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti, Paddy Considine, Bruce McGill
Director Ron Howard
Screenwriter Cliff Hollingsworth, Charlie Mitchell, Akiva Goldsman
Distributor Universal
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 144 minutes
Screen Count 2,813
Awards Awards page for Cinderella Man
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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Gladiator 5/5/0034.82 38.95 2938 11852.00 12753.5 186.61 208.76 5.36
Seabiscuit 7/25/0320.85 20.85 1987 10495.00 10495.0 120.20 120.20 5.76
Beautiful Mind, A 1/4/0216.57 17.22 1853 8940.00 8940.0 170.71 177.48 9.02
Ali 12/28/0114.71 15.69 2446 6014.00 6173.7 58.18 62.09 2.59
Rocky V 11/16/9014.07 20.10 2053 6853.00 9418.8 40.11 57.31 2.85
Girlfight 10/6/000.50 0.55 253 1119.00 1204.1 1.52 1.70 2.48



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