Cinderella Man


2h 24m 2005

Brief Synopsis

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the "Cinderella Man"--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cinderella Man: El hombre que no se dejó tumbar
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Biography
Sports
Period
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Sean Armstrong
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 24m

Synopsis

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the "Cinderella Man"--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring.

Cast

Russell Crowe

Renée Zellweger

Paul Giamatti

Craig Bierko

Clint Howard

R.d. Reid

Hooverville Cop

Angelo Dundee

Richard Lewis

Stuart Clarke

Aaron Abrams

Art Binkowski

Alec Stockwell

Isabella Fink

John Healy

Richard Binsley

Nick Carusi

George Duff

Craig Warnock

Bill Mackie

Ron Canada

Patrick Louis

Everton Mcewan

Chick Roberts

Peter Macneill

Peter Didiano

Alon Nashman

Cooper Bracken

Daniel Kash

Matthew G Taylor

Rosemarie Dewitt

Robert Smith

Lou Eisen

Judah Katz

Paddy Considine

Gene Pyrz

Nola Augustson

John Kalbhenn

Richard Sutton

Donal O'donoghue

Lead Man

Duff Macdonald

Roman Podhora

Fulvio Cecere

Steve Romolo

Lead Man

Conrad Bergschneider

Sharron Matthews

David Litzinger

Sam Malkin

Nick Alachiotis

Fernand Chretien

Julian Lewis

Gavin Grazer

Michael Langlois

Connor Price

Thomasz Kurzydlowski

Peter Wylie

Ariel Waller

Sean Gilroy

Carlos Caneca

Lead Man

James Kirchner

Ramona Pringle

Ken James

Eric Fink

Brian Jagersky

Gino Marrocco

Christopher Crumb

Jacob Bracken

Katrina Matthews

Mark Taylor

Paul Ryan

Michael Dyson

Domenic Cuzzocrea

Stewart Lunn

Joanne Ritcey

Tony Munch

David Dunbar

Wayne Bourque

Troy Amos-ross

Wayne Flemming

Alicia Johnston

Boyd Banks

Keith Murphy

Rance Howard

Sergio Di Zio

David Dicorpo

Lead Man

Neil Foster

Raymond Kerr

Bruce Mcgill

Christopher D Amos

Gerry Quigley

Mike Mcnamara

Andrew Stelmack

Alex Cairns

Rufus Crawford

Magdalena Alexander

Dave Arkell

Darrin Browne

Billy Wine

Philip Craig

Gerry Ellison

Chuck Shamata

Beau Starr

Linda Kash

Mike Butt

Lead Man

Michael G Chin

Nicholas Campbell

Ray A Marsh

Wayne Gordon

David Georgieff

Kevin Hughes

Lead Man

David Huband

Angelo Tsarouchas

Debra Sherman

Tim Eddis

Mark Simmons

James Ritz

Crew

Tony Acosta

Special Makeup Effects

Keith Adams

Grip

Nick Alachiotis

Trainer

Kevin Alakas

Accounting Assistant

Errol Alcott

Trainer

Gerry Alfonso

Accountant

Glenn Allen

Compositing Supervisor

David Leroy Anderson

Special Makeup Effects

Heather L. Anderson

Special Makeup Effects

Ian Anderson

Camera Assistant

Lance Anderson

Special Makeup Effects

Mongo Andrews

Rigging Grip

Norman Anthony

Song

Sean Armstrong

Cable Operator

Robert Ballantyne

Storyboard Artist

David Barnaby

Foley Editor

Guy Barresi

Assistant Editor

Patrick Baxter

Special Makeup Effects

Dave Bell

Boom Operator

Robert N Bell

Stunts

Tory Bellingham

Property Master

Brad Bennet

Stunts

Mannix Bennett

Matte Painter

Carlie Bergman

Sound Recordist

Luc Bernard

Accounting Assistant

Bill Bernstein

Music Editor

Nancy Bernstein

Visual Effects Producer

Michelle Berrigan

Accounting Assistant

Marco Bianco

Stunts

Zena Bielewicz

Loader

Joe Biggins

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Dave Bihldorff

Sound Recordist

James Binkley

Stunts

Peter Bird

Assistant Location Manager

Damon Bishop

Special Makeup Effects

David Blacker

Set Production Assistant

Kent Blocher

Assistant Editor

Stan Bochner

Dialogue Editor

Adam Bocknek

Assistant Director

Josh Bolin

Rotoscope Animator

Rob Bonney

Foreman

Donovan Boucher

Stunts

Kevin Bouchez

Digital Effects Artist

Steve Bowen

Color Timer

Russell Bowie

Assistant Camera

Chris Boyce

Digital Effects Artist

Todd Boyce

Animator

Julian Bratolyubov

Music Arranger

Chris Bridges

Special Makeup Effects

Ann Brodie

Makeup Artist

Dan Bronson

Costume Supervisor

Tebor Brosch

Stunts

Darrin Brown

Assistant Director

George Budd

Consultant

George Budd

Music

J Tracy Budd

On-Set Dresser

Craig Bulmer

Electrician

Eva Burkley

Production Supervisor

Eva Burkley

Assistant

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

Colleen Callaghan

Hair Stylist

Eddie Cantor

Song Performer

Morgan Carpenter

Generator Operator

Mark Carroll

Security

Michael Castellano

Dresser

Steve Castellano

Post-Production Supervisor

Christina Cattle

Dresser

Don Caulfield

Swing

Bob Chefalas

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

David M. Chisholm

Assistant Production Coordinator

Meredith Chislett

Assistant

Anthony Ciccolini

Supervising Sound Editor

Stuart Clarke

Stunts

Dan Cobbett

Digital Effects Artist

Robert Cochrane

Dolly Grip

Missy Cohen

Foley Editor

William M Connor

Assistant Director

Dean Copkov

Stunts

Dean Copkov

Trainer

Dave Corcoran

Sound Recordist

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Carole Costello

Costume Supervisor

David Coulter

Assistant Director

Francois Dagenais

Special Makeup Effects

Patrick Davis

Set Production Assistant

Chris Deeley

Greensman

Chris Deeley

On-Set Dresser

Mike Delisa

Consultant

Dexter Delves

Stunts

Pam Demetruis

Foley Editor

Sean Devereaux

Digital Effects Artist

Judi Dickerson

Dialect Coach

Karola Dirnberger

Hair Stylist

Brian Dixon

Score Recording

Kenna Doeringer

Adr Editor

Melanie Donkers

Assistant

Yann Doray

Digital Effects Artist

Ian Drummond

Coordinator

Tony Dubreuil

Rigging Grip

Angelo Dundee

Consultant

Aric Dupere

Dga Trainee

Terry Edwards

Art Department

William Elliott

Original Music

Roy Elliston

Key Rigging Grip

Richard Emerson

Key Grip

David Evans

On-Set Dresser

Daniel Favini

Matte Painter

John C. Ferguson

Rigging Gaffer

Rafael Fernandez-stoll

Production Assistant

Anne-marie Ferney

Props Buyer

Fred Fitzpatrick

Sign Writer

Tom Fleischman

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Peter Fletcher

Special Effects Assistant

Mark O. Forker

Visual Effects Supervisor

Kevin Forstner

Carpenter

Jay Fortune

Gaffer

Harold Francis

Set Production Assistant

David Franklin

Set Production Assistant

Mike Franklin

On-Set Dresser

Paul Franklin

Set Production Assistant

Candide Franklyn

Camera Operator

Candide Franklyn

Steadicam Operator

John Fraser

Concept Artist

Lawrence Freeman

Song Performer

Lawrence Freeman

Song

Dimas Freitas

Security

Luis Freitas

Assistant Editor

Richard Friedlander

Visual Effects Producer

Christine Fuller

Stand-In

Darcy Gasparovic

Loader

Scott Gastellu

Digital Effects Artist

Glen Gauthier

Sound Recordist

Chris Gelles

Visual Effects Producer

Gregory Gelles

Visual Effects

John Girouard

Wardrobe Assistant

Wayne Godfrey

Costume Supervisor

Akiva Goldsman

Screenplay

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

Song

Barry Goodwin

Rigging Electrician

Hazel Gordon

Hair Stylist

Wayne Gordon

Trainer

Matt Graver

Set Production Assistant

Brian Grazer

Producer

Jesse Green

Assistant Camera

Rich Green

Camera Assistant

Paul Greenberg

Graphic Designer

Peter Grundy

Art Director

Duane Gullison

Swing

Metin Gungor

Matte Painter

Patrick Hagarty

Dga Trainee

Jonah Hall

Visual Effects

Michael Hall

Camera Operator

Todd Hallowell

Executive Producer

Todd Hallowell

Unit Director

James Halpenny

Construction Coordinator

Dan Hanley

Editor

Tom Hardesty

Score Recording

John Harper

Assistant Camera

Joel Harris

Stunts

Carol Hartwick

Hair Stylist

Stephen Hayes

On-Set Dresser

Kelly Hearns

Video Assist/Playback

Jeff Heintzman

Grip

Peter Heller

Consultant

Norm Henderson

Transportation Coordinator

Dwight Hendrickson

Dga Trainee

V Edney Hendrickson

Dga Trainee

Heather Elisa Hill

Production Coordinator

Michael Hill

Editor

Mildred Hill

Song

Patty Hill

Song

John Hiltz

Transportation Captain

David Hirschfield

Set Designer

Janet Hirshenson

Casting Director

Keith Hlady

Camera Operator

Cliff Hollingsworth

Screenplay

Cliff Hollingsworth

Story By

Ron Howard

Producer

Jamison Huber

Production Assistant

Stuart Hughes

Driver

Stuart Hughes

Transportation Coordinator

Michael Huschka

Assistant Property Master

Todd Isroelit

Visual Effects Producer

David Isyomin

Visual Effects Supervisor

Dag Ivarsoy

Digital Effects Artist

Kaitlin Jacobs

Set Production Assistant

Lindsay Jacobs

Costume Supervisor

Brian Jagersky

Trainer

George Jeffery

Assistant Director

Jane Jenkins

Casting Director

Chris Johnson

Stunts

Graham Johnston

Makeup

Irving Kahal

Song

Gabriella Kalaizidis

Digital Effects Artist

Irene Kassow

Assistant Editor

Jonnie Katz

Dga Trainee

Glen Keenan

Director Of Photography

Glen Keenan

Dp/Cinematographer

Dave Kellner

Rigging Electrician

Brian Kelnick

Foreman

Film Details

Also Known As
Cinderella Man: El hombre que no se dejó tumbar
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Biography
Sports
Period
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Sean Armstrong
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 24m

Award Nominations

Best Editing

2005

Best Makeup

2005

Best Supporting Actor

2005
Paul Giamatti

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Production start delayed after Crowe dislocated his shoulder while training for the role.

Production start delayed, due to the impending birth of Crowe's first child.

Released in United States Summer June 3, 2005

Released in United States on Video December 6, 2005

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Out of Competition) August 31-September 10, 2005.)

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti) by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA).

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti) by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti) by the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC).

Released in United States Summer June 3, 2005

Released in United States on Video December 6, 2005

Released in United States 2005

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Out of Competition) August 31-September 10, 2005.

Based on the true life stories of Howard Braddock, James Braddock and Joseph Mallon.

Renee Zellweger has a package deal worth $21 million with Universal and Miramax to star in both "The Cinderella Man" and the sequel to "Bridget Jones's Diary."

Penny Marshall was previously attached to direct.

Lasse Hallstrom was previously attached to direct.

Billy Bob Thornton was previously attached to direct Ben Affleck in the lead role with Miramax, and was temporarily replaced by Lasse Hallstrom to direct in January 2001, who then dropped out to direct A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER. Affleck was soon replaced by Russell Crowe under the direction of Ron Howard.

Co-venture with Univeral and Miramax. Miramax will distribute "Cinderella Man" overseas through Buena Vista Intl., which teamed with Miramax to put up half of the budget. Universal is paying for the other half.

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti) by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).