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.
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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