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Cinderella Man
By Lando Da Pimp

I believe that Cinderella Man deserves the Oscar® for best film of the year (Star Wars would never get it). There I said it. This film is hands' down Ron Howard's best film. It's a shame that it didn't do as well at the box office as it should have.

The Story
The story is based on the real life story of Depression-era boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) and his return to the ring. In the late twenties, Braddock was destined for boxing greatness. He lived a very good lifestyle because of his ability to win.

click to seeThe stock market crash of 1929 changed his life as it did a majority of Americans. With the inability to box anymore because of a problems with his hands, Braddock finds himself working the Jersey docks struggling to make enough money to feed and keep his family warm.

Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti), Braddock's manager, approaches James with the chance to return to the ring and reinstate his boxing license which had been revoked years earlier. This time off had allowed Braddocks hands heal and help him ride to the top of boxing as the working man's fighter. He eventually was given the opportunity to fight the heavyweight champion Max Baer, real life father of Max Baer Jr. who portrayed Jethro Bodine on the Beverly Hillbillies.

click to seeSpecial Features
My screener copy of the film did not include all of the extras that are found on the DVD in stores now, so I can't provide a review of everything that is on the new DVD.

A total of three different audio commentaries are available. The first is by Director Ron Howard. The other commentaries are screenwriter Cliff Hollingsworth and writer Akiva Goldsman.

click to seeThere is also a nice collection of twenty minutes of deleted scenes from the film. After viewing these scenes you realize why they are cut.

A large collection of documentaries about the film features information about the film and the true story of James Braddock. Also included is the original fight between James Braddock and Max Baer. Great stuff.

click to seeFinal Thoughts
Now that Cinderella Man is on DVD, hopefully it will find an audience. Unlike the films Rocky and Raging Bull, Cinderella Man, is more than a boxing film. The film deals more with a man struggling to keep his family together at one of the worst times in history. This DVD is highly recommended for everybody to check out and hopefully agree that it deserves some sort of recognition.

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Review ©2005

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