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Film / Against the Ropes

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Against the Ropes is a 2004 American sports film directed by Charles S. Dutton, who also appears in the film as Felix Reynolds, that stars Meg Ryan as a boxing manager who is the first woman able to break through in the boxing world. It is a fictional account on Jackie Kallen, boxing's first female boxing manager.

The movie also stars Omar Epps, Tony Shalhoub, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington, and Dean McDermott.

It was released on February 20, 2004.

Tropes for the film:

  • Historical Domain Character: Jackie Kallen, the first female boxing manager, and one of the most successful in the field.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The movie is a fictionalized account of Jackie Kallen's life.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Jackie Kallen's career as a manager starts with her buying for one dollar the contract of a rated fighter who has fallen on hard times, Devon Green. The story arc seems totally predictable: She will get him off drugs and make him a champ, right? Wrong! She stumbles on another prospect, Luther Shaw, and works her magic on him instead. Devon Green, who we expect to be the co-lead after the opening scenes, is never mentioned again.