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					Extra Credit Assignment: Identify and describe the economics effects of the Great Depression in Cinderella Man.

                   Plot summary for Cinderella Man (2005)

                   During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella
                    Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s,
                    the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as
                    much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be
                    finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in
danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his
determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a
last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock,
fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the
mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through
the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the
unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Fact-based story of depression era boxing champ James J. Braddock. The film opens with Braddock winning a fight
in 1928 and becoming a contender for a championship bout. The film then quickly jumps five years into the future.
The depression is on and Braddock has had a series of defeats. Fighting injured, including with a broken hand,
made him less of a fighter. Braddock, like many others in that era, lost everything in the stock market and scrimping
by on the small fights he can get and on dock work. His wife would prefer he quit boxing, but knows how badly they
need the money to get by with their three kids. Watering down milk just to make it do for several more days is a
common occurrence. When his trainer manages to get him one more fight on the spur of the moment against the
current #2 contender, Braddock rises to the occasion and knocks him out. His amazing comeback becomes the
source of inspiration of many down-on-their-luck Americans. A series of fights later leads to the championship
match against the arrogant champ, Max Baer. Baer, who had already killed two men in the ring, urges the older
Braddock not to fight him. Of course, Braddock feels he has nothing more to lose and very devastating, intense fight
ensues. Contains very brutal boxing violence. Written by John Sacksteder {jsackste@bellsouth.net}

In the North American Great Depression, the former successful boxer James Braddock loses all his possessions
and savings with the crash of the stock market. His beloved wife Mae Braddock and their three children survive to
starvation and lack of heating and the daily difficulties supported by their love. In 1934, when Jim's couch and
manager Joe Gould offers to him a chance to return to boxing, he becomes the symbol of hope of hopeless people
in a ruined nation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

				
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