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The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his life is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the 1920s, [[Performer~P434041~James Braddock~jimbraddock]] ([[Performer~P15959~Russell Crowe~russellcrowe]]) from Bergen, NJ, was a promising contender in professional boxing; he had strength, spirit, and tenacity, but the combination of a serious hand injury and a 1929 defeat in a bout with light heavyweight champ Tommy Loughran sent his career into a serious tailspin. As Braddock's career in the ring dried up, the Great Depression put a stake through the heart of America's economy, and Braddock found himself working at the New York docks for pitiful wages as he tried to support his wife, Mae ([[Performer~P201027~Renée Zellweger~renéezellweger]]), and three children. Desperate for money, Braddock turned to his former trainer and manager Joe Gould ([[Performer~P26680~Paul Giamatti~paulgiamatti]]), who was unexpectedly able to scare up a bout for him, battling John Griffin at Madison Square Garden. While conventional wisdom had it that Braddock was too old, out of shape, and out of practice to have any chance of winning, he defeated Griffin, and continued beating his opponents with a powerful left hook that had been intensified by years of punishing dock work. In a nation desperate for good news, Braddock's surprising comeback became a tonic to struggling workers and unemployed people, and all eyes were on Braddock when in 1935 he took on powerful heavyweight champion [[Performer~P80370~Max Baer~maxbaer]] ([[Performer~P6122~Craig Bierko~craigbierko]]) in what was both literally and figuratively the fight of his life. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 29, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Broadcast Film Critics Association Ron Howard Best Director 2005 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Paul Giamatti Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Iowa Film Critics Association Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Kansas City Film Critics Association Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Paddy Considine Best British Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Russell Crowe Best Actor 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Russell Crowe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Russell Crowe Best Actor 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Akiva Goldsman Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Akiva Goldsman Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Cliff Hollingsworth Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Cliff Hollingsworth Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dan Hanley Best Editing 2005 Nominee

Cast

Russell Crowe
as Jim Braddock
Renée Zellweger
as Mae Braddock
Paul Giamatti
as Joe Gould
Craig Bierko
as Max Baer
Bruce McGill
as Jimmy Johnston
Paddy Considine
as Mike Wilson
Ron Canada
as Joe Jeanette
David Huband
as Ford Bond
Connor Price
as Jay Braddock
Ariel Waller
as Rosemarie Braddock
Patrick Louis
as Howard Braddock
Rosemarie DeWitt
as Sara
Linda Kash
as Lucille Gould
Nicholas Campbell
as Sporty Lewis
Gene Pyrz
as Jake

Crew

Ron Howard
Director
Ron Howard
Producer
Brian Grazer
Producer
Penny Marshall
Producer
Akiva Goldsman
Screenwriter
Cliff Hollingsworth
Screen Story
Cliff Hollingsworth
Screenwriter
Salvatore Totino
Cinematographer
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Dan Hanley
Editor
Wynn P. Thomas
Production Designer
Peter Grundy
Art Director
Dan Yarhi
Art Director
Kathleen McGill
Associate Producer
Louisa Velis
Associate Producer
Todd Hallowell
Executive Producer
Russell Moore
Set Designer
Gordon White
Set Designer
Michael Madden
Set Designer
David Hirschfield
Set Designer
Daniel Orlandi
Costume Designer
Gordon Sim
Set Decorator
William M. Connor
First Assistant Director
Angelo Dundee
Consultant/advisor
Mike DeLisa
Consultant/advisor
Jack Newfield
Consultant/advisor
Suzanne Wasserman
Consultant/advisor
Steve Lucescu
Consultant/advisor
Peter Heller
Consultant/advisor
Janet Hirshenson
Casting
Jane Jenkins
Casting
Todd Hallowell
Second Unit Director
Ann Brodie
Makeup
Laird McMurray
Special Effects Coordinator
James Whitaker
Co-Executive Producer
Glen Keenan
Second Unit Camera
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