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Cinderella Man: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script)
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Producer Brian Grazer, director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman--all Oscar winners for 2001's A Beautiful Mind--are reunited with Oscar-winner Russell Crowe for Cinderella Man, inspired by the life of legendary athlete Jim Braddock, a once-promising light heavyweight boxer forced into retirement after a string of losses in the ring. As the nation enters the darkest years of the Great Depression, Braddock accepts a string of dead-end jobs to support his wife, Mae (Renee Zellweger), and their children, while never totally abandoning his dream of boxing again. Thanks to a last-minute cancellation, Braddock finds himself back in the ring against the second-ranked world contender--and to everyone's amazement, wins in the third round. Despite being pounds lighter than his opponents and repeated injuries to his hands, Braddock continues to fight against challengers and win. Carrying on his shoulders the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised, Braddock, dubbed the Cinderella Man, faces his toughest challenger in Max Baer (Craig Bierko), the heavyweight champion of the world, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. Braddock--not so much a great boxer as a great man who boxed--climbed into the ring seeking nothing more than to provide for his wife and children. His commitment to them inspired him to championship, elevating the family man with a simple cause to the level of legend. The Newmarket Shooting Script book includes the complete screenplay, an exclusive introduction and O&A with director Ron Howard, film stills and complete cast and crew credits.
"The story of James Braddock-a down-on-his-luck boxer trying to keep his family fed and sheltered during the Great Depression-is indeed compelling, as reading this shooting script of the film based on Braddock's life clearly shows. The book will certainly please fans of the movie, even if the introductions by filmmakers Howard and Grazer on why they were drawn to the story are obvious ('I found it so heartbreaking and emotional,' says Grazer). Screenwriter Goldsman's contribution may be the best; it delves into how he shapes narrative. The way to do it, Goldsman says, is to 'build your screenplay around conflict.' Goldsman's challenge with Cinderella Man, however, was that Braddock 'didn't have a dark side.' In addition to the introductions and script, the book contains stills, showing Russell Crowe in his role as Braddock, and Renée Zellweger in her role as Braddock's wife, Mae. Historical notes and reproduced New York Time articles about Braddock's legendary championship fight against Max Baer round out the book, placing Braddock's life into the larger context of the Depression. Photos. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The Academy Award®-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind—comprised of producer Brian Grazer, director Ron Howard, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, and actor Russell Crowe—reunites to tell the quintessentially American story of legendary boxer Jim Braddock. Cliff Hollingsworth joins them in his screenwriting debut.
During the darkest years of the Great Depression, Braddock (Russell Crowe), a once promising light heavyweight, is forced into retirement after a string of losses. Braddock must accept any job to support his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger), and their children, and they suffer with the rest of the nation through those bleak times. Nine months later, thanks to a last-minute cancellation, Braddock finds himself back in the ring at Madison Square Garden with little time for preparation, yet somehow he miraculously wins. He goes on to claim victories in two more bouts and qualifies as the challenger to the world heavyweight champion, Max Baer (Craig Bierko). Dubbed the "Cinderella Man," Braddock with his unlikely comeback becomes the people's champ, and his devotion to provide for his family is now elevated to the status of national legend in the eyes of his hopeful fans.
The shooting script from the movie "Cinderella Man" includes the complete screenplay, a Q&A with director Ron Howard, film stills, and complete cast and crew credits from the movie about legendary boxer Jim Braddock.
About the Author
Cliff Hollingsworth grew up in the town of Barnwell, South Carolina, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screenwriting career. Cinderella Man is his first produced screenplay.
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