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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Russell Crowe
Renee Zellweger
Craig Bierko
Paddy Considine
Paul Giamatti
Directors
Ron Howard
Screenwriters
Akiva Goldsman
Cliff Hollingsworth
Charlie Mitchell
Running Time
144 minutes

Cinderella Man
Crowe packs a punch in this moving drama with multi-Oscar potential


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Cinderella Man

Plot
Caught in the grip of the Depression, one-time boxing contender Jim Braddock (Crowe) is forced to support his family — wife Mae (Zellweger) plus kids — by working in a dockyard. When his former manager, Joe Gould (Giamatti), gets him a lucrative break as deadmeat for a heavyweight challenger, it kickstarts one of the most remarkable career revivals in sporting history.


Verdict
It may not boast an original bone in its battered body, but Cinderella Man delivers old-fashioned, Shawshank Redemption-style entertainment. Particularly worth seeing for Crowe’s muscular, sensitive, towering turn. The Best Actor Oscar race starts now.


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