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Against the ropes - Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Tony Shalhoub, Charles S Dutton

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Movie propaganda

A fictionalised drama inspired by the story of Jackie Kallen, the most successful female manager in boxing history, the film stars Meg Ryan as Kallen and Omar Epps as Luther Shaw, her champion-in-the-making. The real Kallen was a former Detroit TV personality, publicist, and suburban mother, who broke into the predominantly male boxing community and guided the careers of several fighters, including champions James Toney and Thomas Hearns. Kallen later went on to become the commissioner of the International Female Boxers Association.

Persons of interest

  • Meg Ryan .... Jackie Kallen
  • Omar Epps .... Luther Shaw
  • Skye McCole Bartusiak .... Young Jackie Kallen
  • Tony Shalhoub .... Larocca
  • Timothy Daly .... Gaven Ross
  • Charles S Dutton .... Felix Reynolds, Director
  • Joe Cortese .... Irving Abel
  • Kerry Washington .... Renee
  • Cheryl Edwards .... Screenwriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

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Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, Italian, Spanish
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Featurettes:
      • A ringside seat
      • Queen of the ring: Jackie Kallen then and now
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

111 minutes (1:51 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 5 August 2004
DVD rental: 23 December 2004
VHS rental: 23 December 2004
DVD and VHS retail: 23 March 2005

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