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Cinderella Man

Theatrical poster
Directed by Ron Howard
Produced by Brian Grazer
Ron Howard
Penny Marshall
Written by Cliff Hollingsworth (story & screenplay)
Akiva Goldsman (screenplay)
Starring Russell Crowe
Renée Zellweger
Paul Giamatti
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Salvatore Totino
Editing by Daniel P. Hanley
Mike Hill
Distributed by Universal Studios (USA)
Miramax Films/Buena Vista International (non-USA)
Release date(s) June 3, 2005
Language English
Budget US$88 million
IMDb profile

Cinderella Man is a 2005 American Academy Award-nominated drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname and inspired by the real life story of former Heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock. The film was produced by Howard, Penny Marshall, and Brian Grazer. The lyrics are based on the Frank Capra film Mr. ... Download high resolution version (410x607, 38 KB) This is a copyrighted poster. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Brian Grazer (born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, California) is a Jewish-American film and television producer who founded Imagine Entertainment with partner Ron Howard. ... Penny Marshall at the 1988 Emmy Awards Penny Marshall (born October 15, 1942) is an American actress, producer and director. ... Akiva Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) is an American screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor in the motion picture industry. ... Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is a New Zealand-Australian[1] actor. ... Renée Kathleen Zellweger (born April 25, 1969) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress. ... Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... Buena Vista International is a division of The Walt Disney Company which handles non-U.S. distribution of Disney films. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, and an Academy Award winning film director, and producer, known for his roles on sitcoms, movies and television. ... For the mixed martial arts division of the same name, see Heavyweight (MMA). ... This is a chronological list of world heavyweight boxing champions, as recognized by the following organizations: The World Boxing Association (WBA), founded in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA), The World Boxing Council (WBC), founded in 1963, The International Boxing Federation (IBF), founded in 1983, The World Boxing Organization... (September , 1991) was an American heavyweight boxing champion. ... Penny Marshall at the 1988 Emmy Awards Penny Marshall (born October 15, 1942) is an American actress, producer and director. ... Brian Grazer (born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, California) is a Jewish-American film and television producer who founded Imagine Entertainment with partner Ron Howard. ...

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Plot synopsis

James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), an Irish-American hard-nosed boxer, formerly a light heavyweight contender, is forced to give up on boxing after the Great Depression. As the United States enters the Great Depression, Braddock works at a variety of menial jobs to support his family, but still dreams of somehow returning to boxing and making it big. Thanks to a last minute cancellation by another boxer, Braddock gets a second chance to fight but is put up against the number two contender in the world by the promoters who see Braddock as nothing more than a punching bag. Braddock stuns the boxing experts and fans with a third round knockout of his formidable opponent. Fighting with permanent injuries to his hands, Braddock continues to win and before long he comes to represent the hopes and aspirations of the American public coping with the Depression. Dubbed the "Cinderella Man," in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, he would eventually defeat the seemingly invincible Max Baer (Craig Bierko) to become the heavyweight champion of the world. (September , 1991) was an American heavyweight boxing champion. ... Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is a New Zealand-Australian[1] actor. ... Irish Americans (Irish: Gael-Mheiriceánach) are citizens of the United States who can claim ancestry originating in the west European island of Ireland. ... In boxing, the light heavyweight division is the weight division between cruiserweight over 175 pounds (79. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Craig Bierko (born August 18, 1964 in Rye Brook, New York, USA) is an American actor most famous for his role as Max Baer in the film Cinderella Man. ...


Filming

During filming in Toronto, several areas were redressed to resemble 1930s New York. The Richmond Street side of the The Bay’s Queen Street store was redressed as Madison Square Garden, complete with fake store fronts and period stop lights. A stretch of Queen Street East between Broadview and Carlaw was also made up to appear to be from the 1930s and dozens of period cars were parked along the road. Maple Leaf Gardens was also used for all the fight scenes. Many scenes were filmed in the Distillery District. Filming also took place in Hamilton, Ontario at the harbour for the dock workers' scene.[1] For other uses, see Bay (disambiguation). ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... Exterior signage as of 2006, with letters missing Maple Leaf Gardens was an indoor arena in Toronto, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. ... A view of Torontos Distillery District The Distillery District is a historic district to the east of the downtown core of Toronto, Canada, spanning 13 acres (52,000 square metres) and comprised of more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets. ... Motto: Together Aspire - Together Achieve Location in the province of Ontario, Canada Coordinates: , Country Province Incorporated June 9, 1846[1] Government  - Mayor Fred Eisenberger  - City Council Hamilton City Council  - MPs List of MPs Dean Allison Chris Charlton David Christopherson Wayne Marston David Sweet  - MPPs List of MPPs Sophia Aggelonitis Andrea...


The TTC's historic Peter Witt streetcar and two more Witts from the nearby Halton County Radial Railway were used for the filming (in the opening scene if you look closely you can see the TTC logo on the streetcar), travelling on Toronto’s existing streetcar tracks (photo of a streetcar repainted for the film). The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a public transport authority that operates buses, streetcars, subways, and rapid transit lines in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... A Peter Witt tram in front of Milan Central Station Peter Witt was a Cleveland Street Railway commissioner, who designed a model of streetcar, which is known by his name, and was used in many North American cities, (most notably in Toronto and Cleveland) and also Milan, Italy, where 200... The Halton County Radial Railway is a working museum of electric street cars and busses. ...


The filming was done at night, so these important streets could be used during the day.


Reaction

Although the movie received very good reviews from most critics [2] and audiences, it fared relatively poorly at the box office during its first several weeks. During its North American theatrical run, the movie (which cost $88 million) had earned only approximately $60 million.[3] There are several theories as to why ticket sales were so low:


Timing

The film was released in summer, the season of the blockbuster. Would-be Oscar nominees are usually released from autumn onwards, culminating around the Christmas holidays. It also coincided relatively closely with Million Dollar Baby, another boxing movie that was extremely popular and well-reviewed.Some fans believe that Russell Crowe's outlandish behavior at a NYC hotel in June of that year where he threw a phone at a worker may have contributed to the poor box office support of his film. Blockbuster, as applied to film or theater, denotes a very popular and/or successful production. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... Million Dollar Baby is an Academy Award winning 2004 dramatic film directed by Clint Eastwood. ...


Depiction of Max Baer

Max Baer is portrayed as a brutal character who behaves inappropriately outside the ring and viciously inside it (to the point of killing two opponents in the ring). Baer's relatives and boxing historians have criticized the film's depiction of him, arguing that he killed only one man in the ring, Frankie Campbell, not two (in the movie, it is stated that he also caused the--slightly delayed--death of Ernie Schaaf, something commonly claimed by the press at the time, but never proven), and was considered by many to be a gentleman. This is supported by historical evidence which shows that Baer's demeanor, both within and outside the ring, was much less brutal than the film portrayed, and he often cracked jokes. Maximilian Adalbert Madcap Maxie Baer (February 11, 1909 – November 21, 1959) was a famous American boxer of the 1930s, onetime Heavyweight Champion of the World, and actor. ... Frankie Campbell was born Frankie Camilli, a boxer who was an impressive heavyweight known for feigning injury during bouts to incite sloppy offense from his opponents, thereby leaving sufficient opening for a knockout victory. ... Ernie Schaaf (born September 27, 1908 in Elizabeth, NJ, died February 14, 1933) was a professional boxer. ...


The author of the book on which the movie was based has asserted that Baer was kind, charismatic, loved and respected, and pointed out the emotional pain that Baer endured the rest of his life following Campbell's death, and the fact that he gave purses from his bouts to Campbell's family to help give Campbell's children an education.[4]


The depiction of Max Baer in the film is no different from his depiction in the press at the time, and this image was often used by promoters to attract interest in his fights. Also, the Max Baer on screen never actually boasts about killing Campbell or Schaaf, although he does warn Braddock that he may die if he fights him, and offers to "take care" of his wife once he is gone, blowing a kiss to her as he does so. The real Max Baer (who was also an actor) starred as a much more negatively depicted, hostile boxer in the movie The Harder They Fall, which holds many similarities to him in real life. The Harder They Fall is a 1956 film noir/drama starring Humphrey Bogart in his last movie role. ...


Max Baer was actually a Jewish activist--he wore a large Star of David on his boxing shorts in fights.


Exhibitors' refund offers

In a campaign to boost ticket sales after the film's disappointing opening, AMC Theatres advertised on June 24, 2005 that in 30 markets (about 150 theaters nationwide), it would offer a refund to any ticket-buyer dissatisfied with the film.[5] The advertisement, published in The New York Times and other papers and on internet film sites, read, "AMC believes Cinderella Man is one of the finest motion pictures of the year! We believe so strongly that you'll enjoy Cinderella Man we're offering a Money Back Guarantee." The promotion moderately increased box office revenue for a short period, while at least 50 patrons demanded refunds. Following suit, Cinemark Theatres also offered a money-back guarantee in 25 markets that did not compete with AMC Theaters. AMC had last employed such a strategy (in limited markets) for the 1988 release of Mystic Pizza,[6] while 20th Century Fox had unsuccessfully tried a similar ploy for its 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street. AMC Promenade 16 multiplex in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, California. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... Cinemark Theatres is th third-largest movie theater chain in North America. ... // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... Mystic Pizza is a 1988 film directed by Donald Petrie and starring Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor as the three main characters: Kat, Daisy, and Jojo. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... Miracle on 34th Street (also titled The Big Heart in the UK) is a 1947 film written by Valentine Davies, directed by George Seaton, and starring Maureen OHara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn. ...


Nominations

78th Academy Awards Hosts Preshow: Show: Crew Producer: Director: Duration Network The 78th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 2005, will be held on March 5, 2006 in Hollywood, California. ... Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress is an accolade given by a group of film or theatre professionals in recognition of the work of supporting and character actors. ... 63rd Golden Globe Awards January 16, 2006 Picture - Drama: Brokeback Mountain Picture - Musical or Comedy: Walk the Line TV Series - Drama: Lost TV Series - Musical or Comedy: Desperate Housewives The 63rd Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 2005, were presented on January 16, 2006 at... Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress is an accolade given by a group of film or theatre professionals in recognition of the work of supporting and character actors. ...

References

  1. ^ Internet Movie Database - List of Films shot in Hamilton, Ontario. Retrieved on 2008-01-29.
  2. ^ Rotten Tomatoes compilation of reviews
  3. ^ IMDB business information
  4. ^ Turley, Jonathan. "Give the Dead Their Due", Washington Post, September 17, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-04-07. 
  5. ^ Stack, Tim (2005-07-01). Cinde-Refund: AMC is offering refunds to unsatisfied moviegoers -- The exhibitor is giving customers their money back if they didn't like Cinderella Man. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2006-12-12.
  6. ^ Johannes, Amy (2006-07-05). AMC Offers Refund for Cinderella Man. PROMO Xtra. Retrieved on 2006-12-12.

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Cinderella Man (2005): Reviews (1500 words)
Cinderella Man is not a movie about boxing, but about this boxer who personified the heart and hope of 1935.
Cinderella Man's key emotional moments feel as if they've been predigested for an audience that can't be trusted to feel things for itself but needs to be firmly albeit lovingly pointed in the appropriate direction.
I thought Cinderella Man was one of the best movies of the year and it is a true travisty that it was not nominated in many of the awards programs.
Cinderella Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (770 words)
Cinderella Man is a 2005 American Academy Award-nominated drama film titled after the nickname and inspired by the real life story of former Heavyweight boxing champion, James J. Braddock.
Fighting with permanent injuries to his hands, Braddock continues to win and before long he comes to represent the hopes and aspirations of the American public coping with the Depression.
Dubbed the "Cinderella Man," in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, he would eventually defeat the seemingly invincible Max Baer to become the heavyweight champion of the world.
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