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Still shot from the movie: Cinderella Man.

Cinderella Man

Based on a true story, Russell Crowe plays James J. Braddock, a1930s boxing legend who fought his way from the breadlines to the pinnacle of his sport. Along the way, he also inspired a generation of struggling Americans who felt sucker punched by the great stock market crash. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 144
Theater Release: 02 Jun 2005
Video Release: 05 Dec 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why do the average citizens cheer for Jim over the top-rated boxers? What production devices are used to make Jim more appealing? Why do people often like to cheer for the underdog?

Many of the characters in this movie are keen about keeping up appearances. Why is it important for them to project a certain image? How much of a person’s ability to succeed is based on the way others view him or her? Do you think appearances are a necessary part of life?

Despite the hardships the Braddock family faces, what values do they maintain? How does Jim teach those to his children? What part does Jim and Mae’s marriage play in helping them survive?

Braddock fought in an incredible 15-round match for a world championship. Read more about his opponent Max Baer at http://www.ibhof.com/baer.htm and see how it compares with the film’s portrayal.

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