Marshall was supposed to have directed 2005’s Cinderella Man, a boxing movie she’d planned for 10 years, but her friend Ron Howard ended up making it after she threw her hands up over casting disagreements with Universal. “She really wanted Russell Crowe but the studio kept telling her Ben Affleck,” recalls Conlan. “Then, of course, after Ron Howard becomes director, Gladiator comes out and all of a sudden the studio wants Russell Crowe.”

Credit for the above: Inside Penny Marshall’s Unfinished Final Film on Dennis Rodman


6. Cinderella Man (2005). As I’ve indicated in the past, I really enjoy true story movies. Here we have another telling of the former heavyweight champion, James Braddock. Russell Crowe is excellent as the lead, and the movie depicts how big the sport of boxing was in the early 1900s.

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– Cinderella Man (2005)

Zellweger teamed up with Russell Crowe and director Ron Howard in 2005, as a biopic about boxer James Braddock was brought to the big screen.

This was the first time that Zellweger had worked with Howard as she played Braddock’s wife Mae. Paul Giamatti was also on the cast list.

The movie followed Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who battled back to become a champion and an inspiration during the 1930s as he fights to provide for his family.

Cinderella Man is one of those wonderful rags to riches stories that has real heart at the film’s core. This is a story that will not fail to move you and you will be willing Braddock to triumph as he steps in the ring for his shot at the heavyweight championship.

Zellweger gives one of the best performances of her career as Braddock’s wife, who is relieved when her husband leaves boxing behind but accepts that he needs to return in order for them to survive. There is a wonderful bond and chemistry between Crowe and Zellweger and you really believe the love that is between this struggling husband and wife.

Cinderella Man is a wonderfully crafted film that tells a very human story – this is a movie that is as much about Braddock out of the ring as it is about him in it. Howard has also captured the period beautifully and you really are transported to Depression Era New Jersey.

Cinderella Man was met with acclaim upon release and, for me, remains one of the best boxing movies of recent years.

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Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe joins the 50 Best Movies on Netflix!

Netflix added Cinderella Man to its streaming service on July 1, and we had to add Cinderella Man to our rankings of the 50 Best Movies on Netflix!

That’s why we are featuring Cinderella Man in our latest update of the ranking. If you are looking for a great movie that is based on a true story to watch on Netflix this weekend, Cinderella Man is the movies for you!

Cinderella Man is based on the life of James Braddock, a boxer who lived during the Great Depression. The film premiered in theaters in 2005 and was one of the best movies of the year.

Cliff Hollingsworth and Akiva Goldsman wrote the screenplay for the film, and Ron Howard directed Cinderella Man. Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Paddy Considine, Bruce McGill, and Ron Canada starred in the film.

In the film, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) is forced to give up boxing after breaking his hand, but he is unable to support his family on his spotty work and wages. Braddock decides to get back in the ring and begins his quest for the Heavyweight title against all the odds.

Cinderella Man was nominated for a couple prestigious awards including three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti), Best Film Editing, and Best Makeup. Unfortunately, the film did not win any Oscars, Golden Globes, or BAFTAs.

Paul Giamatti won the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film.

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