James J Braddock lives the life of a heavyweight boxing championship contender. His rise to the top of the rankings is swift and he enjoys the rewards that his ability affords him. A proud man, he likes to provide for his family but in the late twenties, his fortune disappears overnight with the fortunes of many others. The great crash of 1929 swallows all of Braddocks savings and he is forced into the slums of Jersey with his wife and three kids. Queing at the dock yard gates each morning in the hope of getting a rare days work shows us that Braddock is willing to do anything to feed his family. His boxing deteriorates and he ends up fighting two bit bouts for very small rewards. The boxing world had moved on and left the once talented Braddock behind.
A championship contenders oponent pulls out of the fight the week of the bout and this opens the door for Braddock to return to the ring. He knows that he has been chosen as a piece of meat for the up coming fighter to knock out on his way to the top. Braddock had survived all through his career without being knocked out and the young fighters reputation would be enhanced with this feat on his c.v. Braddock wasn't thinking about the fight, he had been promised $250.00 for the bout and that was all that concerned him, feeding his family with his own money was all that Braddock was interested in.
The fight was turned on it's head and Braddock knocked the young man out, leading to another fight and another and another. A chance at winning the heavyweight championship of the world soon beckoned and Braddock faced the cocky but effective Max Bear. The odds again were upset when Braddock took the belt from Bear in a fifteen round slug match, giving hope to all the down and outs that had followed Braddocks miracle return.
A touching film that pulls on the heart strings at every given oportunity. A riches to rags to riches story that showed Russell Crowe to be the actor that he started being in 'a beautiful mind'. A part that suited him down to the ground, he looked the part and was in a believable physical condition to box for the heavyweight championship of the world. The supporting cast were also excellent. The story of the' Cinderelle Man', not as predictable as one may think. Gives hope to us all with ambition.