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Against The Ropes

Charles S. Dutton , Meg Ryan , Charles S. Dutton    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles S. Dutton, Meg Ryan, Tony Shalhoub, Omar Epps, Timothy Daly
  • Directors: Charles S. Dutton
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Italian, Hebrew, Greek, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Run Time: 106.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KWJ18


e la storia di jackie kallen, la piu' celebre donna manager nella storia della boxe. figlia di un allenatore, e' cresciuta saltando la corda in una palestra al centro di detroit al fianco dello zio pugile. a 36 anni, jackie e' pronta a continuare la tradizione di famiglia.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Pretty tough can do anything" 28 Jan 2005
Jackie Kallen (Meg Ryan) is tired of her job and her boss, but is still taking it because she gets to be in contact with the world of boxing, which is her biggest passion. Her dad was the boxing coach of her uncle, so she spent a large amount of time close to the ring during her childhood and now she cannot stay away. She is almost miserable, but one day while being a little drunk at a party she gets in a discussion with La Rocca, one of the top boxing managers in the country, and he offers her one of his boxers for one dollar. Needless to say that she accepts the challenge.
Now her boss wants her to back out of the deal, but the media caught a whiff of the story and it's too late. On top of this, the boxer she is supposed to manage is an addict and is involved in dealing. But luck is on her side, and while being at her boxer's house she meets Luther in very special circumstances: he knocked out her boxer easily. Things are different now, because she has a real prospect and can truly test if she is any good in this business. As the film progresses though the question becomes: If Luther starts rising through the ranks, will the partners be able to keep their cool or will they go astray under the spell of fame and money?
This is your typical movie for an afternoon in which you want some light entertainment. The story is not extremely original as it has been explored various times before in boxing as well as in other sports. The new twist introduced in this case is the involvement of a female in a sport that seemed to have no place for them until a few years back. The performances, without being bad, are nothing to praise. I would sum it up by saying that this is a movie that you will probably enjoy, but will not either love nor look forward to watch a second time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth A Shot! 12 Aug 2004
This film isn't really about boxing, well it is obviously but its more about someone who wants somthing badly enough that they will do everything they can to make it happen and show the world that they can really kick some ass. The person i am talking about in this story is Jackie Kallen who became the first female boxing manager and went on to become the Commissioner for the International Female Boxers Association, and the only woman to have trained champs in six different weight classes. This is her story.
Jackie Kallen has been round boxing all her life and dreams of becoming a boxing manager. However in a very sexist society where boxing is concidered a man's sport she is never given the chance. Working under a mean boxing manager with money and not much else she eventually gets tired of the disrespect he shows her and finally speaks out, resulting in her buying a boxers contract for one dollar and vowing that she will do better than her boss.
On finding out that the boxer she has brought is pretty rubbish and is on drugs she starts looking around for new talent and comes across bad boy Luther Shaw who had to learn to fight in order to survive. After much persuation Luther agrees to fight and Jackie calls upon the help of old boxing trainer Felix Reynolds to turn him into a champ. Things eem to be going alright and Luther remains undefeated however most of the media attention stays fixed on Jackie instead of the upcoming star Luther Shaw. The attention goes to her head and she reminds Luther that without her he would have nothing and would still be on the streets. Obviously he doesn't like that much and goes in search of a new manager, but with a shot at the title right round the corner will he be ready.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, abrupt ending 24 July 2004
By K. Stuckey - Published on
This movie is a great story of how to fight for what you believe in and that success does not come easy. Based loosely on the true story of Jackie Callen, Meg Ryan is wonderful as a woman trying to break into the boys-club of boxing management. She grew up loving boxing and knows the sport inside out. After being mistreated and underappreciated by the men she works for in sports, she goes out on her own with a young thug named Luther (the fine Omar Epps) whom she thinks has potential. With help from some old friends of her late uncle (himself a pro boxer), she turns Luther into a winner. Along the way, the attention goes to Jackie's head and she starts to alienate those around her, including her fighter who then wants out of his contract with her.

Charles S. Dutton directed and plays trainer Felix, Tony Shahloub is Jackie's main adversary and Tim Daly is a local TV reporter and her romantic interest. It is a great movie, but I think the ending is kind of abrupt, Luther wins the title fight everyone thought he wasn't ready for, then he and Jackie hug and make up...did he get out of his contract? Did she hook up with the reporter? Meanwhile, the real Jackie Callen was married with two sons when she started in the business and was from Detroit, not Cleveland. The screenwriter took quite a bit of poetic license. It is still a good movie though, a great mix of comedy and drama.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie! 6 Oct 2004
By O. Brown - Published on
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I really loved this movie. I read the other reviews (most of which were negative) and strongly disagree with them. I think Meg Ryan was wonderful, likewise Charles Dutton and the other actors. I am not a boxing fan. That doesn't matter. This movie is good entertainment. It is based on a true story of a female boxing manager who lets fame go to her head, makes some bad choices, and eventually...discovers what really matters. Men will love it (for the fight scenes, Meg Ryan, and the competition) and women will love it because it shows what women are capable of---anything---even in a man's world). Rent it or buy it---you won't be sorry. Great date movie.

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RIveting and inspirational 15 July 2004
By K. Corn - Published on
Grab this DVD as quickly as you can. Here's why:
1. It tells the true story of a woman, Jackie Kallen, who broke into the male-dominated boxing world. Very inspirational and Meg Ryan's performance is strong and solid.
2. There's an interview with the real Jackie Kallen and a behind the scenes look at how and why the movie was made.
3. The movie is gripping to watch and Kallen isn't portrayed as a stereotype or saint but as a very real (and flawed) person. In short, this isn't a "fluffy" movie but one that tries to be relatively honest (by Hollywood standards).
Very riveting, great fight scenes, strong perfromances - what more is there to say?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than expected! 19 July 2004
By Josh Andrews - Published on
Okay, I heard that this movie wasn't so great, and like other Meg Ryan fans, I love to watch her in movies like "Sleepless In Seattle" and "You've Got Mail", but I think I was just really pleasantly surprised by this movie.
Meg Ryan plays Jackie Kallen, a woman who's been around the sport of boxing all of her life. And only until years later after being pushed around and stepped all over, Jackie Kallen began her journey to gain the respect of the other men in the business. See, the top-dogs of boxing, the managers and all, say it's a "man's world", but Jackie Kallen proves otherwise, as she hires Luther: a strong fighter, but weak minded man from the projects. Jackie Kallen takes Luther in to be trained by a very good friend of hers, and slowly but surely, Luther begins to become a better boxer and Jackie will soon find herself absorbing all of the attention they're about to get and will be blind to see the fact that it's her fighter who's now being walked all over. You'll just have to see how things turn out. And guess what? It may not be a romantic comedy, but there were moments throughout this movie that had me crying!
I was very surprised at everyones' performances. I think the acting was really good, and that this movie had very few flaws. I love Meg Ryan as an actress, and since I've liked every other movie she's in, I figured I'd give this one a shot. I'm glad I did, 'cause I plan on adding this onto my DVD collection!
This movie proves that Meg Ryan is capable of pulling off any role. She doesn't have to be "America's Sweetheart", but really, I don't care. I'll watch any movie with her in it, because she is so good of an actress.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting AND Exciting Movie, no matter what the negatives say!!! 19 Sep 2006
By Jerry Rodrigues - Published on

I just borrowed this movie from my city library. It seems sometimes that some people have an urge to be negative, maybe because THEY can't act! THEY can't Write! THEY can't Direct!

Meg Ryan as usual, was cute, though more mature, AND SEXY, as usual.

Omar Epps was excellent, & it was enjoyable how he eventually showed he had a heart, even though he was a former Drug Dealer whom Jackie Kallen turned around & really cared to help him show his future Championship attitude in many ways.

Charles S. Dutton, I believe is an excellent actor & did a fine job in Directing this film... Those who complained are the people who can NOT doing anything, except complain.

I was unhappy about Jackie's success going to her own head, as if SHE were the ONLY reason for "Their" Success, but quite happy when she finally saw her jerky-self-centeredness that had become her & she changed & was not afraid to apologize for her stupid selfishness.

I cheered, along with the boxing crowd for Luther, for Jackie, for Felix AND for Jackie's office friend & her TV Friend whom she had also screwed-over, but apologized to.

It does leave you with a Good feeling, whether you are a man, or a woman... You know, women should be loved for their beauty AND their Brains, as well as those who have the
"Stick-to-itiveness" qualities that Jackie, Luther AND Felix had.

I cheer them, and ALL people like them, clapping as if I were with them at the fight. AND... a HUGE BOOING of those Negative Reviewers who can do nothing else, but be negative!!!

I MUST also congratulate Tony Shalub whom has really grown into an Excellent,Quite Versatile Actor... Good job Tony!!!

I immediately contacted Amazon to look for this movie I WILL Happily add this to my 500-600 Video library collection!!!

J. Rodrigues
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