Cinderella Man

Docudrama |English | 144 minutes

Info
During the Great Depression, in the 1930s, a New Jersey Irish-American, James J. Braddock, is forced to give up boxing due to an injury in his right hand. His wife, Mae, is elated as she dreads the violence her husband endures in the boxing ring. However, with times tough economically,  Braddock is only able to get part-time work as a longshoreman. Joe Gould, Braddock’s manager and friend tells him that due to a late cancellation he can earn some cash fighting Corn Griffin, the number-two contender in the world. Braddock surprises the boxing experts by knocking out Griffin in the third round.  Gould convinces Braddock to return to boxing. As Braddock continues to win he gets a shot at fighting the heavyweight champion Max Baer. When Braddock’s rags-to-riches story gets out, columnist Damon Runyon dubs him “The Cinderella Man.” In one of the greatest upsets in boxing history, Braddock defeats Baer to become the heavyweight champion of the world.
Cast
Russell Crowe (James J. Braddock) / Paul Giamatti (Joe Gould) / Renée Zellweger (Mae Braddock) / Craig Bierko (Max Baer) / Art Binkowski (Corn Griffin)
Why Stream This Film?
Braddock  represented the hopes and aspirations of the American public struggling during the Great Depression. James Braddock’s story also inspired later underdog films like Rocky and its sequels.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 80%
  • Metacritic Score: 69
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Paul Giamatti); Best Achievement in Film Editing (Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill)
  • BAFTA Awards: Nominated, Best Original Screenplay (Cliff Hollingsworth, Akiva Goldsman)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards: Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Paul Giamatti); Nominated, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe) 
CINDERELLA MAN takes the almost impossibly perfect elements of the saga of underdog boxer James J. Braddock and fills it with emotional gravitas, wrenching danger, and a panoramic sense of American life during the Great Depression.
Robert Koehler

VARIETY

Most serious movies live in a world of cynicism and irony and most good-hearted movie characters live in bad movies. Here is a movie where a good man prevails in a world where every day is an invitation to despair.
Roger Ebert

RogerEbert.com

A superbly acted, beautifully shot, highly engaging drama that ranks as one of director Ron Howard’s best efforts.
Michael Rechtshaffen

The Hollywood Reporter

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