Cinderella Man – Filtered

Theatrical Release: June 3, 2005
DVD Release: December 6, 2005


In this true story brought to life by Ron Howard, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) is rising to the top of the boxing ranks in 1928. As he and his wife (Renée Zellweger) enjoy the good life and plan for a bright future, their dreams suddenly dim as his injuries leave him as broken as the Stock Market on Black Tuesday. New York’s one-time legend — a man of integrity, grit, solid work ethic, and commitment to family — finds himself scrimping to keep the electricity turned on in his family’s cramped New Jersey apartment. When Braddock gets a last-minute chance to fight in a Madison Square Garden match everyone’s sure he’ll lose, the old boxer punches his way back into the headlines, much to the reporters’ surprise. Fighting against ridiculous odds, Braddock is lifted up by the working class as a symbol of hope in unbearably difficult times. Will this Cinderella Man’s victory dance end at midnight or will he become the king of the ring?

Dove Review

This was an awesome film based on a true story that really gets you to think about how far you will go to provide for your family. With the film being set 4 yrs into the great depression, It was really hard for me to comprehend how these families made it through and how they went for so long without anything. “Cinderella Man” really went all out in his selflessness to provide for his family. The marriage was strong and his wife was very supportive. They stuck together through good and bad, and they are great role models for children and adults these days with a message: don’t give up on your marriage when things get bad. This was an A+ in my book. Five doves!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Man and wife kiss.
Language: None
Violence: This is a boxing movie so there were boxing scenes with some blood shown. Man gets a broken hand and ribs. Several men are knocked out.
Drugs: Some Alcohol consumed.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Ron Howard
Producer: Brian Grazer
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 144 min.
Starring: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti
Reviewer: Debbie Satala