You'd have to go back to actors like James Stewart and Spencer Tracy to find such goodness and gentleness.Tom Hanks could handle the assignment, but do you see any one of them as a prizefighter? As the film opens, Braddock is riding high with a series of victories that buy a comfortable, but not opulent, lifestyle for his wife Mae (Renee Zellweger) and their children Jay, Rosemarie and Howard.Russell Crowe makes him fascinating, and it takes a moment or two of thought to appreciate how difficult that must have been.
Up to this point, there would not be a comeback, and no occasion for Damon Runyon nicknames.
Braddock gets one more chance at a fight, as Gould edges him past the doubts of promoter Jimmy Johnston (Bruce Mc Gill).
In the movie, James Braddock has pretty much the same personality as Tom King.
This is shown when throughout the movie he doesn’t use his violent fighting tactics outside the ring but instead uses his nice personality.
Braddock gets a job on the docks in Hoboken, slinging sacks of grain and coal, using his left arm because of his injured right hand, and although that job is a low point, it is also the secret to the left hook that will eventually get him named "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon.
The movie teams Crowe once again with director Ron Howard; they made "A Beautiful Mind" together, and the screenwriter of that film, Akiva Goldsman, co-wrote this one with Cliff Hollingsworth.You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie.Gilbert Espinoza English 12 Perkins 12 November 2014 There are many similarities between the short story “A Piece of Steak” and “Cinderella Man”.Mae is just the wife he deserves, filled with love and loyalty, and so terrified he will be hurt that she refuses to attend his fights and won't even listen on the radio.Their poverty takes them from a nice family house to a cramped little apartment where there is no heat and hardly anything to eat.What is remarkable during both the highs and the lows is that Braddock, as Crowe plays him, remains level-headed, sweet-tempered and concerned about his family above all.Perhaps it takes a tough guy like Crowe to make Braddock's goodness believable.There is a moment early in "Cinderella Man" when we see Russell Crowe in the boxing ring, filled with cocky self-confidence, and I thought I knew what direction the story would take. I walked in knowing nothing about Jim Braddock, "The Bulldog of Bergen," whose riches-to-rags-to-riches career inspired the movie.My friend Bill Nack of Sports Illustrated, who just won the A. Liebling Award, the highest honor a boxing writer can attain, could have told me all about Braddock, but I am just as happy to have gone in cold, so that I could be astonished by Crowe's performance.Without much time to train, he takes on a leading contender, and to everyone's amazement, wins the fight.One victory leads to another, and finally Gould is able to broker a title fight with the heavyweight champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko), who has killed two of his opponents and seems likely to kill the outweighed and outclassed Braddock. Ron Howard, Russell Crowe, Craig Bierko, the cinematographer Salvatore Totino and the editors Daniel P.