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Directed by: Ron Howard
At the time of the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom.
His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him was his family. And they were in danger. He was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination.
Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete.