|Directed by||Ron Howard|
|Produced by||Brian Grazer|
|Written by||Cliff Hollingsworth (story & screenplay)|
Akiva Goldsman (screenplay)
|Music by||Thomas Newman|
|Editing by||Daniel P. Hanley|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios (USA)|
Miramax Films/Buena Vista International (non-USA)
|Release date(s)||June 3, 2005|
Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname and inspired by the real life story of former Heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock. Ronald William Howard (born March 1 1954 is a director and producer as well as an Actor. Brian Grazer (born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, California) is an Oscar and Emmy Award -winning American Penny Marshall (born October 15, 1942) is an American Golden Globe-nominated actress producer and director Akiva J Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) is an American Screenwriter and producer in the motion picture industry Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964 is an Academy Award - BAFTA - Golden Globe - and Screen Actors Guild Award -winning New Zealand and Renée Kathleen Zellweger (born April 25, 1969) is an Academy Award - BAFTA - SAG Award - and Golden Globe -winning Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an Academy Award -nominated and Emmy Award -winning American Actor Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 Los Angeles California USA is an American 8 time Academy Award -nominated Film score Daniel P Hanley, ACE (born 1955 is a Film editor who won an an Academy Award for the film Apollo 13 (1995 Mike Hill, ACE (born 1952 in Omaha Nebraska) is a Film editor who won an an Academy Award for the film Apollo 13 (1995 Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios) a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major Global American Also see general Walt Disney Studios or Buena Vista. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is a motion picture and television feature Events 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States The year 2005 in film involved some significant events Releases of sequels took place with movies like The Devil's Rejects, Cheaper The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A drama film is a Film genre that depends mostly on in-depth development of realistic characters dealing with emotional themes Ronald William Howard (born March 1 1954 is a director and producer as well as an Actor. Heavyweight is a division or weight class, in Boxing. Fighters who weigh over 200 pounds (14 st 4 lb/91 kg are considered heavyweights by the major professional This is a chronological list of world heavyweight boxing champions since the introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry rules: Championship recognition James Walter Braddock ( June 7, 1905 &ndash November 29, 1974) was an American heavyweight boxing champion. The film was produced by Howard, Penny Marshall, and Brian Grazer. Penny Marshall (born October 15, 1942) is an American Golden Globe-nominated actress producer and director Brian Grazer (born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, California) is an Oscar and Emmy Award -winning American
James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), an Irish-American hard-nosed boxer, formerly a light heavyweight contender, is forced to give up on boxing after breaking his hand in the ring. James Walter Braddock ( June 7, 1905 &ndash November 29, 1974) was an American heavyweight boxing champion. Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964 is an Academy Award - BAFTA - Golden Globe - and Screen Actors Guild Award -winning New Zealand and Irish Americans (Gael-Mheiriceánach are citizens of the United States who can claim ancestry originating in Ireland. In boxing the light heavyweight (above 168 pounds up to 175 pounds division is the weight division between Cruiserweight and Super middleweight. As the United States enters the Great Depression, Braddock works at a variety of menial jobs to support his family, but still dreams of somehow returning to boxing and making it big. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Thanks to a last minute cancellation by another boxer, Braddock gets a second chance to fight but is put up against the number two contender in the world by the promoters who see Braddock as nothing more than a punching bag. Braddock stuns the boxing experts and fans with a third round knockout of his formidable opponent. Fighting with permanent injuries to his hands, Braddock continues to win and before long he comes to represent the hopes and aspirations of the American public coping with the Depression. Dubbed the "Cinderella Man," in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, he would eventually defeat the seemingly invincible Max Baer (Craig Bierko) to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Maximilian Adelbert "Madcap Maxie" Baer ( February 11, 1909 – November 21, 1959) was an American boxer of the Craig Philip Bierko (born August 18, 1964) is an American Actor.
During filming in Toronto, several areas were redressed to resemble 1930s New York. Toronto (təˈrɒntoʊ colloquially pronounced or) is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario The Richmond Street side of the The Bay’s Queen Street store was redressed as Madison Square Garden, complete with fake store fronts and period stop lights. The Bay is a chain of 94 fashion Department stores that operate across parts of Canada. Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially as The Garden, has been the name of four Arenas in New York City. A stretch of Queen Street East between Broadview and Carlaw was also made up to appear to be from the 1930s and dozens of period cars were parked along the road. Maple Leaf Gardens was also used for all the fight scenes. This article is about the arena For the company formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd Many scenes were filmed in the Distillery District. The Distillery District is a historic and entertainment precinct located east of Downtown Toronto. Filming also took place in Hamilton, Ontario at the harbour for the dock workers' scene. Hamilton (ˈhæməltən ( 2006 population 504559 UA population 647634 CMA population 
The TTC's historic Peter Witt streetcar and two more Witts from the nearby Halton County Radial Railway were used for the filming (in the opening scene if you look closely you can see the TTC logo on the streetcar), travelling on Toronto’s existing streetcar tracks (photo of a streetcar repainted for the film). The Toronto Transit Commission ( TTC) is a Public transport authority that operates Buses streetcars, subways and Rapid transit Peter Witt was a Cleveland Railway commissioner who designed a model of streetcar, which is known by his name and was used in many North American cities most notably The Halton County Radial Railway is a working Museum of electric streetcars other Railway vehicles and Buses It is operated by the Ontario Electric
The filming was done at night, so these important streets could be used during the day.
Although the movie received very good reviews from most critics  and audiences, it fared relatively poorly at the box office during its first several weeks. During its North American theatrical run, the movie (which cost $88 million) had earned only approximately $60 million.  There are several theories as to why ticket sales were so low:
The film was released in summer, the season of the blockbuster. This article refers to the theatrical slang term for other uses see Blockbuster (disambiguation. Would-be Oscar nominees are usually released from autumn onwards, culminating around the Christmas holidays. It also coincided relatively closely with Million Dollar Baby, another boxing movie that was extremely popular and well-reviewed. Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 Film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Eastwood Hilary Swank, and Morgan Some fans believe that Russell Crowe's outlandish behavior at a NYC hotel in June of that year where he threw a phone at a worker may have contributed to the poor box office support of his film.
Max Baer is portrayed as a brutal character who behaves inappropriately outside the ring and viciously inside it (to the point of killing two opponents in the ring). Max Baer may refer to Max Baer (judge (born 1947 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer (boxer (1909&ndash1959 boxer Baer's relatives and boxing historians have criticized the film's depiction of him, arguing that he killed only one man in the ring, Frankie Campbell, not two (in the movie, it is stated that he also caused the--slightly delayed--death of Ernie Schaaf, something commonly claimed by the press at the time, but never proven), and was considered by many to be a gentleman. Frankie Campbell (died August 25, 1930) was a heavyweight boxer Ernie Schaaf ( September 27, 1908 in Elizabeth NJ – February 14, 1933) was a professional boxer. This is supported by historical evidence which shows that Baer's demeanor, both within and outside the ring, was much less brutal than the film portrayed, and he often cracked jokes.
However, the portrayal of Max Baer's style of boxing in the movie is very close to what happened in the actual boxing contest. See external links to view film of real match between Baer and Braddock.
The author of the book on which the movie was based has asserted that Baer was kind, charismatic, loved and respected, and pointed out the emotional pain that Baer endured the rest of his life following Campbell's death, and the fact that he gave purses from his bouts to Campbell's family to help give Campbell's children an education. 
The depiction of Max Baer in the film is no different from his depiction in the press at the time, and this image was often used by promoters to attract interest in his fights. Also, the Max Baer on screen never actually boasts about killing Campbell or Schaaf, although he does warn Braddock that he may die if he fights him, and offers to "take care" of his wife once he is gone, blowing a kiss to her as he does so. The real Max Baer (who was also an actor) starred as a much more negatively depicted, hostile boxer in the movie The Harder They Fall, which holds many similarities to him in real life. The Harder They Fall ( 1956) is a Film noir directed by Mark Robson.
Max Baer was actually a Jewish activist--he wore a large Star of David on his boxing shorts in fights. That star makes it easy to distinguish Baer from Braddock in the black and white films of the original boxing contest. See externals links to see original film.
In a campaign to boost ticket sales after the film's disappointing opening, AMC Theatres advertised on June 24, 2005 that in 30 markets (about 150 theaters nationwide), it would offer a refund to any ticket-buyer dissatisfied with the film. For other uses see AMC AMC Theatres, officially known as AMC Entertainment Inc Events 972 - Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces takes place Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.  The advertisement, published in The New York Times and other papers and on internet film sites, read, "AMC believes Cinderella Man is one of the finest motion pictures of the year! We believe so strongly that you'll enjoy Cinderella Man we're offering a Money Back Guarantee. " The promotion moderately increased box office revenue for a short period, while at least 50 patrons demanded refunds. Following suit, Cinemark Theatres also offered a money-back guarantee in 25 markets that did not compete with AMC Theaters. Cinemark Theatres ( is the third largest Movie theater chain in North America (only Regal Entertainment Group, National Amusements and AMC had last employed such a strategy (in limited markets) for the 1988 release of Mystic Pizza, while 20th Century Fox had unsuccessfully tried a similar ploy for its 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Events Michael Jackson 's first film was Moonwalker Top grossing films (U Mystic Pizza is a 1988 Coming-of-age Film directed by Donald Petrie and starring Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts The year 1994 in film involved some significant events Top grossing films (U Miracle on 34th Street (also titled The Big Heart in the UK is a 1947 Film written by Valentine Davies, directed by George Seaton