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Depression Boxing
written by talltale December 3, 2005 - 9:33 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Exactly what any seasoned movie-goer will expect, no more no less (with one single exception), CINDERELLA MAN tells us about a depression era boxer most people won't have heard of and his rise, fall, rise and... but why spoil it? Ron Howard's feel-good film also waves the American verities back and forth in can't-miss-it fashion. The cast does what's expected, the screenplay is adequate, the boxing scenes often better-than-average, and the "look" of the film is nice, if studio set-like.

That exception? Craig Bierko as boxer Max Baer. Mr. Bierko keeps making little comebacks ("Broadway's "The Music Man" revival was one of these), lest we forget what a splendor he can be. Here's he's amazingly real, charismatic, of the time, and--given the little the film lets us know about Baer's character--surprisingly complex. Watch him move, in the ring and out. He's a treat to see, even when the movie around him is just OK.


(Average 7.22)
46 Votes
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