Russell Crowe plays the lead character of fighter Jim Braddock, a man who became an inspiration to many during the Depression. Braddock was a promising light-heavyweight fighter who was forced to stop fighting after several losses. Seeking work on the docks, along with many other out-of-work men, worrying about feeding his family and keeping them together, Braddock eventually signs up for public assistance.
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Though his wife (Renee Zellweger) doesn't want him to fight anymore, when Braddock's trainer (Paul Giamatti) gets him a one-shot fight against the current #2 contender; Braddock rises to the occasion and knocks him out. His amazing comeback becomes the source of inspiration of many down-trodden Americans, who dub him the "Cinderella Man". Braddock also shows his pride and sense of responsibility by returning the money he obtained earlier from public assistance.
Braddock continues to win fights and eventually is in line to fight the current champion, Max Baer (Craig Bierko), a man who has already caused the death of two fighters. Though the arrogant Baer entreats Braddock not to fight him, Braddock doesn't back away from the fight. To the surprise of many, including Baer, Braddock goes the full number of rounds and is declared the winner.
The review of this Movie prepared by Mary Ann Aquilino