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Cinderella Man

 

USA 2005, 139 minutes
Dir. Ron Howard
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama, Action/Adventure

Topics: Sport, Period 1930s.

 

Aroview: Premium Hollywood biopic has Russell Crowe sluggin' it out as real-life prizefighter Jim Braddock, who during the Great Depression rose from poverty to work through his working-class demons and personal dramas in the boxing ring.

Visualised with flair and care by dir. Howard from an excellent script, this sketches a convincing ashen-toned 1930s backdrop, building through Crowe's marriage woes and joys to a punishing 20-minute finale with the German Aryan posterboy Max Baer (Bierko). If the triumph-of-the-underdog spirit tends to predictably infuse every round of this drama, it's still a cracker yarn right to the final bell.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • deleted scenes
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • extra stuff
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1
 

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