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Against the Ropes (2004)

Cast: Meg Ryan, Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, more...
Director: Charles S. Dutton, Charles S. Dutton
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama, Sports Drama, Biopics, Sports, Sports Drama
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Charles S. Dutton's feature-length directorial debut Against the Ropes is based on the real-life story of Jackie Kallen, a Jewish woman from Detroit who became a successful boxing manager. Played by Meg Ryan, Kallen works her way up in the world of boxing by believing in the fighting skills of Luther Shaw (Omar Epps). Director Dutton appears as veteran trainer Felix Reynolds, whom Kallen encourages to come out of retirement. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • "A Ringside Seat" featurette
  • "Queen of the Ring: Jackie Kallen Then & Now" featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

GreenCine Member Reviews

It's better than you've heard by talltale August 9, 2004 - 1:14 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Much better than I imagined it would be (from the critical response and sparse attendance), AGAINST THE ROPES tracks--with a good deal of believability plus a few of the standard Hollywood cliches--the rise of the first woman boxing entrepreneur Jackie Kallen. Meg Ryan gives a nice performance as Jackie, and she's well supported by Charles Dutton (who also did a decent job as director), Kerry Washington, Tony Shalhoub, Tim Daly and especially Omar Epps--who's one of the best young black actors currently going. The movie shows the pros and cons of both Jackie's character and that of her boxing protege so that you root for them and get annoyed at them in equal measure--all of which makes the "happy" ending seem well earned. So don't believe what you may have heard. Give this one a shot.

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