Against The Ropes

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Released 2004

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Director:
Charles S. Dutton
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
Against The Ropes is a 2004 dramatic biopic directed by acclaimed and celebrated African American actor Charles S. Dutton (Alien 3, Gothika, Roc, A Time To Kill, Mimic, Secret Window). Meg Ryan stars in a true story about Jackie Kallen, the first female boxing manager who successfully broke the gender barrier of the boxing world. The film focuses on the relationship she has with her first boxer, Luther Shaw (Omar Epps) and his successful rise to the boxing championship and the inside dealings of the boxing game. Jackie turns Luther into a prizefighter with the help of trainer Felix Reynolds (Charles Dutton). During the press conference after each boxing win, Jackie is put in the spotlight and she lets fame go to her head. Jackie begins to believe that she is the one who made the boxer what he is today, and that she is doing all the work. This causes trouble between Jackie and Luther. Soon, the boxer wants and gets a new manager.moreless

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  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Some of the performances show flashes of idiosyncrasy and flair that are nearly snuffed out by the pedestrian script.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    If they had to make things up, couldn't they have made up something smarter?

  • 40

    Variety

    Think of Against the Ropes as a "Rocky" story -- if, that is, the vintage is somewhere between "Rocky IV" and "V," and the action centered around the Burgess Meredith character as ...

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    Drama, Sports

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    Love & Romance, Historical, Biography