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.
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.