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THE BARBERSHOP
MOVIE REVIEW
This week's reviewed movie is:
Cinderella Man

GENE

SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

CINDERELLA MAN

 

I just wasn't looking forward to another boxing movie, but boy was I wrong.

This is a fresh reminder how American prizefighting gave an escape route for the working class during hard times of the Depression.

Ron Howard and his splendid cast have made a spellbinding film that will be one of boxing's all-time-great movies.

A by-the-book boxing melodrama made great by exceptional acting, tight directing, and good-old-fashion story telling.

At times, this film seems like a cliche-- the underdog training to regain his title--but it's the other characters that help make it a crowd pleaser: the long-suffering wife, the former manager (who isn't everything he seems to be), and the new champion of the ring.

A fine film filled with many great moments.

This is not the usual inspirational movie. It's more about the human spirit, a story of poverty, disappointments in life and embarrassments that come along with being poor.

The film is a tale of a husband & wife struggling, almost everyday, to keep three kids fed & clothed during the Depression.

Cinderella Man is based on the truth about an underdog boxer who had nothing going for him but an okay right hand and a loving family.

This is a two-hanky flick, but thank God the happy ending comes from the history books and not the Hollywood machine.


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