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April 06, 2006

Cinderella Man - 6

Directed by Ron Howard, this film tells the story of depression era boxer James J Braddock. Braddock started his career hot winning many fights and never getting knocked out. His career started to decline and he and his family begin to live in poverty in NYC. The story uses the themes of the American Dream to show Braddock's determination to provide a good life for his family. As an Irish immigrant he works on the docks while trying to get fights and soon makes his comeback. His hard work and single-mindedness for his family give him the strength to become a boxing champion again. A good film that uses boxing as a sideshow to the sentimental theme of the story which is one man's journey from rags to riches. Russell Crowe plays Braddock, Renee Zellweger - his wife, and Paul Giamatti is his manager.

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