Cinderella Man


(out of 5)

Ron Howard trims the sappy fat off his usual style of ‘inspirational’ filmmaking for an entertaining and heart-warming biography of boxer James Braddock. A popular fighter in the twenties who lost everything with the stock market crash of 1929, Braddock barely subsists in abject poverty with his wife () and children before he starts to claw his way back to the top. His magical recovery in the ring prompts Depression-era spectators to dub him their hero, a title that is threatened considerably when he goes head to head with a killer () for a world championship bout. Skillfully edited and featuring a standout performance by  as Braddock’s agent and trainer, the film is marred only by Howard’s insistence on accompanying emotionally moving plot developments with swelling musical flourishes.

Universal Pictures, Miramax, Imagine Entertainment, Parkway Productions

USA, 2005

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by Cliff Hollingsworth,

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 2005

Boston Film Critics Awards 2005

Golden Globe Awards 2005

Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2005.  

Washington Film Critics Awards 2005.  

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