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Against the Ropes (2004)

A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.

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Luther Shaw
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Felix Reynolds
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Sam LaRocca
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Gavin Reese
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Irving Abel
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Renee
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Ray Kallen
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Pete Kallen
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Little Jackie
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Pedro Hernandez (as Juan Hernandez)
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Doug Doherty
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Kevin Keyes
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Storyline

A Jewish woman from Detroit who became a boxing manager, guiding several major careers. This film focuses on her relationship with one boxer (Epps), who's reportedly a composite of several including Toney, McKart and Hearns. Kallen eventually left her husband of 30 years, and moved to Los Angeles, becoming the commissioner of the International Female Boxers Association... Written by austin4577@aol.com

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She gave the boxing world the one-two punch they never saw coming.


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Rated PG-13 for crude language, violence, brief sensuality and some drug material | See all certifications »

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20 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,038,546, 22 February 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,884,190, 8 April 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,614,280
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Trivia

Tim Daley (Gavin) & Tony Shaloub (Sam) played together in the long running sitcom "Wings". See more »

Goofs

When Luther is having dinner with Jackie, he picks up his napkin twice. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Kallen: That's my job to see shit coming.
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Connections

Edited into Indie Film Cafe (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Justicio, Tierra y Libertad
by Jose Fernando Emilio Sierra
Performed by Mana
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not-very-well-written but has redeeming features
22 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is a not-very-well-written film that nonetheless has redeeming features. The story arc is clichéd, (underdog succeeds against all odds, hubris sets in, everything lost, then redemption), and Meg Ryan, who I think is a better actress than some, is badly miscast here. She just can't come across as tough enough for this role. The slutty clothes her character wore, although looking very nice, didn't fit. (Even though I'm sure she was channeling Kallen) Omar Epps put in a very nice performance, and I have to compliment Kerry Washington and Charles S. Dutton for their work, although there was not enough of Washington. Also Tony Shalhoub who I haven't much cared for, shows his chops by going against type playing an imposing and menacing character. I see that Dutton directed and did well, inasmuch as I never noticed the direction. This film has deep faults, but somehow works, at least to a point. I thought it was OK.


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