A slightly dimwitted amateur boxer from Philadelphia's tough neighborhood gets a surprise shot at fi... read moreghting for the heavyweight championship, while at the same time he finds love in the arms of a shy, reclusive girl who works in the local pet store.
. I was too young then. But then again, I don't really get Stallone and all this boxing stuff.
Reviewed 13 months days ago
Best film of the 70's better then Star Wars but not jaws it was the best boxing drama ever I loved the staircase scene it made me want to tran loved it
Reviewed 11 months days ago
...the plot is ok...but it's a classic so it deserves some points. 1 star because it's about boxing (I love boxing). Another star for the Rocky soundtrack.
The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his... read more life is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the 1920s, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) from Bergen, NJ, was a promising contender in professional boxing; he had strength, spirit, and tenacity, but the combination of a serious hand injury and a 1929 defeat in a bout with light heavyweight champ Tommy Loughran sent his career into a serious tailspin. As Braddock's career in the ring dried up, the Great Depression put a stake through the heart of America's economy, and Braddock found himself working at the New York docks for pitiful wages as he tried to support his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger), and three children. Desperate for money, Braddock turned to his former trainer and manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti), who was unexpectedly able to scare up a bout for him, battling John Griffin at Madison Square Garden. While conventional wisdom had it that Braddock was too old, out of shape, and out of practice to have any chance of winning, he defeated Griffin, and continued beating his opponents with a powerful left hook that had been intensified by years of punishing dock work. In a nation desperate for good news, Braddock's surprising comeback became a tonic to struggling workers and unemployed people, and all eyes were on Braddock when in 1935 he took on powerful heavyweight champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in what was both literally and figuratively the fight of his life. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Cinderella Man is a well crafted inspirational true story involving boxing.
Reviewed 6 days days ago
. Braddock but it also explores the world of boxing and the media influence, as well as how James J. Braddock influenced the people around him, a
Reviewed 4 months days ago
. Half a point added though for the excellent boxing sequences. Some of the best boxing action I've seen in a movie. Most movies about boxing have
Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and h... read moreas precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager, leaving Frankie high and dry. His best friend and faithful employee Eddie Dupris is a former fighter who Frankie trained. In his last fight, Eddie suffered a severe injury, a fact that brings Frankie great guilt. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) enters Frankie's life, as well as his gym, and announces she needs a trainer. Frankie regards her as a dubious prospect, and isn't afraid to tell her why: he doesn't think much of women boxing, she's too old at 31, she lacks experience, and has no technique. However, Maggie sees boxing as the one part of her life that gives her meaning and won't give up easily. Finally won over by her determination, Frankie takes on Maggie, and as she slowly grows into a viable fighter, an emotional bond develops between them. When a tragedy befalls one of the three characters, each comes to a decision that shows how the relationships in the film have changed them. Adapted from a short story by F.X. Toole, a former corner man with years of experience in the fight game, Million Dollar Baby also stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie, and Mike Colter. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
ther, it transcends them to become a truly moving if somewhat uncertain film about life, death, and boxing.
Reviewed 2 months days ago
Million Dollar Baby becomes the achievement of being finally, a film about women's boxing, and one so endearingly savage that I cried. To see the tears in the eyes of Hilary Swank and
Reviewed 7 months days ago
. it follows the unfortunate life of hilary swank, a determined woman aged 31 turning 32 who loves boxing, and is desparate to find a coach who can lead her to the championship.
Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of ... read moreMassachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work. David O. Russell directs from a script by 8 Mile's Scott Silver and Paul Attanasio (The Bourne Ultimatum). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
. The boxing drama film is good like the "Rocky" films, but it has a more mature theme like meeting the la
Reviewed 50 days days ago
. The boxing scenes are great, and it just overall lasts in our mind as a great sports film.
Reviewed 2 months days ago
. It's comedy and acting overcome the predictability of this great boxing tale
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Martin Scorsese's brutal character study incisively portrays the true rise and fall and redemption o... read moref middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man in and out of the ring who thrives on his ability (and desire) to take a beating. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta (Robert De Niro) practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York, when Jake's career is on the rise. Despite pressure from the local mobsters, Jake trusts his brother Joey (Joe Pesci) to help him make it to a title bout against Sugar Ray Robinson the honest way; the Mob, however, will not cave in. Jake gets the title bout, and blonde teenage second wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), but success does nothing to exorcise his demons, even as he channels his rage into boxing. Alienating Vickie and Joey, and disastrously gaining weight, Jake has destroyed his personal and professional lives by the 1950s. After he hits bottom, however, Jake emerges with a gleam of self-awareness, as he sits rehearsing Marlon Brando's On the Waterfront speech in his dressing room mirror: "I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody." Working with a script adapted by Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader from La Motta's memoirs, Scorsese and De Niro sought to make an uncompromising portrait of an unlikable man and his ruthless profession. Eschewing uplifting Rocky-like boxing movie conventions, their Jake is relentlessly cruel and self-destructive; the only peace he can make is with himself. Michael Chapman's stark black-and-white photography creates a documentary/tabloid realism; the production famously shut down so that De Niro could gain 50-plus pounds. Raging Bull opened in late 1980 to raves for its artistry and revulsion for its protagonist; despite eight Oscar nominations, it underperformed at the box office, as audiences increasingly turned away from "difficult" films in the late '70s and early '80s. The Academy concurred, passing over Scorsese's work for Best Director and Picture in favor of Robert Redford and Ordinary People, although De Niro won a much-deserved Oscar, as did the film's editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Oscar or no Oscar, Raging Bull has often been cited as the best American film of the 1980s. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
. Beautifully shot (in classic black and white), with fantastic boxing sequences, a good script and great performances from Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and the majori
Reviewed 15 days days ago
It'll be a fight between this and Rocky for greatest boxing movie of all time although I believe this may just pull it off. Raging Bull is a masterpiece
Reviewed 30 days days ago
. Scorsese was, at first, reluctant to do a boxing movie as "Rocky" had recently been released to massive success and he, himself, was going thr
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-... read moretech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. -- (C) Dreamworks
Sylvester Stallone returns to the director's chair for Rocky Balboa, the fifth sequel to the film th... read moreat made him a superstar 30 years before. The movie begins with Rocky (Stallone) still mourning the death of his loyal and beloved wife, Adrian, who died three years previously after losing a battle against cancer. Rocky owns an Italian restaurant and spends his days living in his working-class Philadelphia neighborhood, visiting with his customers, and telling stories about his past. His grown son has a job as a business professional, but the relationship between the two is strained. Rocky's growing dissatisfaction leads him to attempt to purge the feelings of frustration and loss by applying for a boxing license. When the current heavyweight champion, Mason "The Line" Dixon (Antonio Tarver), needs to rehabilitate his image as a pretty boy who has never shown any real heart in the ring, his manager offers Rocky an exhibition match. This comeback allows Rocky to get his own life back on track, while also offering him the opportunity to help those around him redeem themselves and once again be a symbol of hope for the common man. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
. filled with great monologues. boxing action better than the previous movies.
Reviewed 23 months days ago
At around about Rocky III, we witness a rocky descend from an emotional boxing champion into a mere action star, and regardless of how awesome he still was it didn't quite
Reviewed 14 months days ago
. A very realistic storyline with lots of sadness and happiness leading up to a kick-ass boxing match at the end. One of the funniest films of the 6 and the film as a whole really does pay
A poor but ambitious young man strives to make good in one of the most competitive institutions on E... read morearth in this military drama. Jake Huard (James Franco) is a young man from a small Maryland town who grew up in a blue-collar family with few opportunities. Wanting to make something of himself after completing high school, Jake set his sights on attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he narrowly makes the cut and becomes one of the 1,200 applicants selected for the freshman class. Jake finds that life as a "plebe" is intellectually challenging and physically punishing, and he soon develops a powerful adversary in Midshipman Lt. Cole (Tyrese Gibson), his training commander, who pushes Jake to the limit to see if he has what it takes. Standing on the razor's edge of failing as both a student and a soldier, Jake makes a brave but dangerous gesture toward proving himself by entering the Brigade Championships, a Naval boxing competition where he'll go into the ring against the best fighters in the Navy -- including Lt. Cole. Jake soon has one person on his side when he strikes up a friendship with Ali (Jordana Brewster), a pretty young officer who believes Jake has what it takes to go the distance. Annapolis also stars Donnie Wahlberg, Chi McBride, and Vicellous Shannon; the film was directed by Justin Lin, who debuted with the acclaimed independent feature Better Luck Tomorrow. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
remake, Fast Five) and he did a fairly decent job, sure it's flawed but it's packed with some great boxing cinematography and well-shot action sequences. There are some scenes that just come off a bi
Reviewed 2 years days ago
It's surprisingly a boxing movie more then anything!!
Reviewed 4 years days ago
You go in expecting an action or war movie, and what happens? It turns out to be a boxing movie. Let down.
The third sequel to Sylvester Stallone's boxing blockbuster combines the ringside sports melodrama o... read moref the previous installments with the Cold War patriotism of the star/director's other motion picture series of the 1980s, the Rambo saga. Stallone is back as Rocky Balboa, the heavyweight champion of the world and now good friend of his one-time nemesis, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Creed is brutally slaughtered in the boxing ring during a lop-sided exhibition match against the superhuman Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), an event that Rocky takes personally. Vowing revenge against Drago in the name of Creed and the United States, Rocky is invited to the Soviet Union for a matchup and hires Creed's former manager (Tony Burton) to get him in shape. While Drago trains using the latest technology, Rocky's ascetic preparations are a low-key affair of carrying logs up hills through knee-deep Russian snow. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
. I guess most people watch Rocky for one reason the training montages & the over done & over long boxing battle at the end.
You do find yourself cheering for Rocky by the end of it & it just one of
Reviewed 13 months days ago
Comic book boxing match that sees Rocky open the eyes of Russia.
Reviewed 2 years days ago
. The rest of the cast did fine performances however, and the final boxing match was incredibly fun. This movie overall was a fun way to test Rocky's strength but as I
Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard adapts playwright Peter Morgan's West End hit for the silver screen... read more with this feature focusing on the 1977 television interviews between journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella). At the time Nixon sat down with Frost to discuss the sordid details that ultimately derailed his presidency, it had been three years since the former commander in chief had been forced out of office. The Watergate scandal was still fresh in everyone's minds, and Nixon had remained notoriously tight-lipped until he agreed to sit down with Frost. Nixon was certain that he could hold his own opposite the up-and-coming British broadcaster, and even Frost's own people weren't quite sure their boss was ready for such a high-profile interview. When the interview ultimately got under way and each man eschewed the typical posturing in favor of the simple truth, fans and critics on both sides were stunned by what they witnessed. Instead of Nixon stonewalling the interviewer as expected, or Frost lobbing softballs as the truth-seekers feared, what emerged was an unguardedly honest exchange between a man who had lost everything and another with everything to gain. In this film, viewers are treated to not only a recreation of that landmark interview, but a behind-the-scenes look at the power struggles that led up to it as well. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Brian Grazer team to produce a film adapted for the screen by original play author Morgan (The Queen and The Last King of Scotland). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
It's like watching a draggy political boxing. And if you hate both, this ain't for ya. This was made with the assumption that everybody kn
Reviewed 4 years days ago
. Made an interview into a boxing match. Langella was incredible. If Penn hadn't been so amazing this year, I would have been p
Reviewed 4 years days ago
. But the movie really ramps it up once the actual interviews get going. It really is like a boxing match and watching Frank Langella was really amazing. I was also impressed with Bacon and Roc