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Cinderella Man tells the true story of boxing legend James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), who made an incredible comeback during the Great Depression. Injured and arthritic, Braddock’s promising career was cut short, and he had to go on public assistance when he couldn’t get work at the docks in New Jersey. But when an opportunity came for him to get back in the ring—and provide for his family—he took it, and his world changed. Now fighting with a purpose, Braddock starts winning fight after fight. He inspires the struggling nation with his perseverance in the midst of hardship. As his comeback builds steam, he keeps remembering the faces of his children and his wife and how important it is for him to provide for them. Finally, Braddock wins his way into a showdown with the World Heavyweight Champion, Max Baer. Baer, a vicious fighter, is notorious for killing two men in the ring. In the days before the fight he ridicules, threatens, and mocks Braddock, and as the world looks on there is great concern for Braddock’s life. When the big day arrives, Braddock’s wife sneaks into the bowels of the arena to find her husband in the locker room just moments before the fight. The look into her eyes sends everyone else from the room, and she marches straight up to Braddock. With a tender fierceness that can only come from a loyal wife, she locks her husband in her stare for the final words he’ll hear before the big event. "So you just remember who you are," she says. "You’re the Bulldog of Bergen, and the Pride of New Jersey. You’re everybody’s hope, and the kids’ hero. And you are the champion of my heart, James J. Braddock." Braddock wins the fight. Remembering who we are makes all the difference.

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