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Against the Ropes (2004)

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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.

Director:

Charles S. Dutton

Writers:

Jackie Kallen (life), Cheryl Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Ryan ... Jackie Kallen
Omar Epps ... Luther Shaw
Charles S. Dutton ... Felix Reynolds
Tony Shalhoub ... Sam LaRocca
Tim Daly ... Gavin Reese
Joe Cortese ... Irving Abel
Kerry Washington ... Renee
Sean Bell ... Ray Kallen
Dean McDermott ... Pete Kallen
Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Little Jackie
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Pedro Hernandez (as Juan Hernandez)
Holt McCallany ... Doug Doherty
Tory Kittles ... Devon Green
Gene Mack Gene Mack ... Kevin Keyes
Beau Starr ... Corcoran
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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jackie Kallen Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,038,546, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:

$5,884,190

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,432,551
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles S. Dutton and Holt McCallany both starred in Alien 3 as convicts on Fiorina 161 See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jackie Kallen: All that plastic. It's a wonder she doesn't melt in that spotlight.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Episode #1.6 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Workout
by Jackie Wilson and Alonzo Tucker
Performed by Jackie Wilson
Courtesy of Brunswick Record Corporation
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100% formula
22 September 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Sloppy, sentimental boxing comedy-drama is based on successful female boxing manager Jackie Kallen's tough rise to the top ('loosely inspired' seems a more appropriate term). Meg Ryan plays Kallen with a streetwise edge in her voice and is appropriately cast, but her outlandish wardrobe certainly belies the salary of a glorified secretary, and Tony Shalhoub embarrasses himself as a 'Godfather'-styled kingpin of the boxing mecca (he dresses and talks like John Gotti, but only seems to have one client). Charles Dutton directed, and his own performance as the veteran trainer (yet another cliché) is at least warmly thought out--ironically, it's the best acting here. "Ropes" is a lackluster film, put together and distributed as if nobody involved had a hope in hell for it. The boxing scenes are slapdash, with Ryan walking right across the ring at one point to deliver a last-second pep-talk to Omar Epps, the kind of conspiratorial speech that is older than dirt (why doesn't she just say, "Win one for the Gipper"?). Omar's rise to success is swifter than a bad odor, which is pretty much what this misfire leaves in its wake. *1/2 from ****


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