Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer, director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (all Oscar® winners for 2001's A Beautiful Mind) are reunited with Oscar® winner Russell Crowe for the Universal Pictures-Miramax Films-Imagine Entertainment production, Cinderella Man. Starring opposite Crowe is Academy Award® winner Renée Zellweger.

Crowe stars in the story inspired by the life of legendary athlete Jim Braddock, a once- promising light heavyweight boxer forced into retirement after a string of losses in the ring. As the nation enters the darkest years of the Great Depression, Braddock accepts a string of dead-end jobs to support his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger), and their children, while never totally abandoning his dream of boxing again.

Thanks to a last minute cancellation, Braddock finds himself back in the ring against the second-ranked world contender--and to everyone's amazement, Braddock wins in the third round. Despite being pounds lighter than his opponents and repeated injuries to his hands, Braddock continues to fight against challengers and win. Carrying on his shoulders the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised masses, Braddock, dubbed the "Cinderella Man," faces his toughest challenger in Max Baer (Craig Bierko), the heavyweight champion of the world, renowned for having killed two men in the ring.

Braddock--not so much a great boxer as a great man who boxed--climbed into the ring seeking nothing more than to provide for his wife and children. His commitment to them inspired him to championship, elevating the family man with a simple cause to the level of legend.

Cinderella Man stars Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Bruce McGill and Paddy Considine; and is produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Penny Marshall. The screenplay is by Cliff Hollingsworth and C. Gaby Mitchell and Akiva Goldsman.

The film is directed by Ron Howard. The film is a Universal Pictures/Miramax Films/Imagine Entertainment presentation of a Brian Grazer Production in association with Parkway Productions, with Universal Pictures distributing domestically and Buena Vista International handling the international distribution of the film for Miramax.

CAST

Jim Braddock..............RUSSELL CROWE
Mae Braddock............RENÉE ZELLWEGER
Joe Gould....................PAUL GIAMATTI
Max Baer.....................CRAIG BIERKO
Mike Wilson................PADDY CONSIDINE
Jimmy Johnston.........BRUCE MCGILL
Ford Bond...................DAVID HUBAND
Jay Braddock..............CONNOR PRICE
Rosemarie Braddock..ARIEL WALLER
Howard Braddock.......PATRICK LOUIS
Sara .............................ROSEMARIE DEWITT
Lucille Gould...............LINDA KASH
Sporty Lewis...............NICHOLAS CAMPBELL Jake..............................GENE PYRZ
Father Rorick..............CHUCK SHAMATA
Joe Jeanette ..............RON CANADA
Alice.............................ALICIA JOHNSTON John Henry Lewis...........................TROY AMOS-ROSS
Art Lasky.....................MARK SIMMONS
Corn Griffin..................ART BINKOWSKI
Abe Feldman..............DAVID LITZINGER
Primo Carnera............MATTHEW G. TAYLOR
Announcer Al Fazin...RANCE HOWARD
Official (Griffin/Baer fight).........JAMES RITZ
Referee McAvoy..........FULVIO CECERE
Referees........................
CLINT HOWARD
GERRY ELLISON
BILL MACKIE
RAY MARSH
FERNAND CHRETIEN
DAVE DUNBAR
Ancil Hoffman ..............KEN JAMES
Lewis Coach.................RUFUS CRAWFORD
Angelo the Cornerman...ANGELO DUNDEE
Braddock Cornermen.....LOU EISEN WAYNE GORDON
Baer Cornermen..............WAYNE FLEMMING NICK ALACHIOTIS
Lewis Cornermen.............CHRISTOPHER D. AMOS NICK CARUSI
Lasky Cornermen............KEITH MURPHY EVERTON MCEWAN JOHNNY KALBHENN
Griffin Cornermen.............DAVID GEORGIEFF WAYNE BOURQUE PAUL RYAN
Feldman Cornermen........SEAN GILROY MICHAEL MCNAMARA
Carnera Cornermen.................................BILLY WINE RICHARD SUTTON MICHAEL CHIN
Campbell Cornermen.......STEWART LUNN RICHARD LEWIS PETER WYLIE
Tuffy Griffith........................THOMASZ KURZYDLOWSKI
Frankie Campbell.............STUART CLARK
Undercard Boxers (Feldman)......NICK ALACHIOTIS JULIAN LEWIS

Release date: June 3, 2005

Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned - Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13 ) for intense boxing violence and some language.

Genre: Drama

Cast: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Bruce McGill, Paddy Considine

Directed by: Ron Howard

Screenplay by: Cliff Hollingsworth and C. Gaby Mitchell and Akiva Goldsman

Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Penny Marshall

Executive Producer: Todd Hallowell

Photos

(top) RUSSELL CROWE portrays boxer Jim Braddock, who entered the ring to provide for his family during the Great Depression--and became a national hero along the way--in Cinderella Man. Playing opposite Crowe is RENÉE ZELLWEGER as his devoted wife, Mae. Cinderella Man is based on the life of Braddock and is produced by Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard.
Photo Credit: George Kraychyk.

(bottom) RUSSELL CROWE portrays boxer Jim Braddock, who entered the ring to provide for his family during the Great Depression--and became a national hero along the way--in Cinderella Man. The film is based on the life of Braddock and is produced by Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard.
Photo Credit: George Kraychyk.
Copyright: © 2005 Universal Studios.
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