Fact-based story of depression era boxing champJames J. Braddock (Russell Crowe). The film opens with Braddock winninga fight in 1928 and becoming a contender for a championship bout. Thefilm then quickly jumps five years into the future. The depression ison 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 andscrimping by on the small fights he can get and on dock work. His wife(Renee Zellweger) would prefer he quit boxing, but knows how badly theyneed the money to get by with their three kids. Watering down milk justto make it do for several more days is a common occurrence. When histrainer (Paul Giamatti) manages to get him one more fight on the spurof the moment against the current #2 contender, Braddock rises to theoccasion and knocks him out. His amazing comeback becomes the source ofinspiration of many down-on-their-luck Americans. A series of fightslater leads to the championship match against the arrogant champ, MaxBaer (Craif Bierko). Baer, who had already killed two men in the ring,urges the older Braddock not to fight him. Of course, Braddock feels hehas nothing more to lose and very devastating, intense fight ensues.Contains very brutal boxing violence.