Cinderella Man

Corrected entry: In one of Braddock's early fights in the film, as his mouthpiece is being removed, his "missing tooth" was not blacked out.

Correction: In the early fights he hadn't lost his tooth yet.

Corrected entry: When Braddock and Gould take their wives out to dinner, Max Baer sends them a bottle of champagne. When the waiter brings it over, everyone, including Braddock can see that the bottle is already open, yet he continues to tell the waiter not to open the bottle, that they will instead take it home with them.

Correction: It has a black cap on it. You can tell by the shape if you slo-mo it.


Corrected entry: When Braddock runs into Baer when he is taking his wife out to dinner, Baer insults Mae. She throws a drink in his face. He uses a napkin to wipe his face off. The shot goes to Mae, and then back to Baer, where his face is suddenly dripping again.

Correction: He dabs his face with a non-absorbent handkerchief. His face may be glistening from the wetness but its far from dripping.


Corrected entry: When Max Baer is told, in his hotel room, that he has to fight Braddock if you look closely you can tell that he is wearing contact lenses. They were not invented at the time.

Correction: This movie takes place in the 1930's. Contacts were invented in 1887.


Corrected entry: There's a scene where Braddock talks about a dream he had where he is having dinner with Mickey Rooney. The year is 1933. In 1933 no one really knew who Mickey Rooney was. He had been in a popular kid's series called "Mickey McGuire", but he would not become famous until the late '30s.

Correction: Braddock was telling the story to his daughter, if what you say is correct and Mickey Rooney was in a popular kids show called "Mickey McGuire" isn't it possible that Braddock and his young daughter knew who Mickey Rooney was?

Corrected entry: After the Depression has hit the Braddock family hard, Jim and Mae are furious to learn that their son stole meat from the butcher to help feed the family. Despite their poverty, Jim chides the son for taking what is not his. Later in the movie, however, we see Mae and the children tearing off boards from a billboard sign near their home to use for firewood. Isn't that considered stealing as well?

Correction: That was the point of the scene, to show how bad things had gotten for them.

Corrected entry: "Hooverville" is shown to be in Central Park. NYC's "Hooverville" is on the west side on empty land next to the Hudson River.

Correction: The film is accurate. During the Great Depression, the largest Hooverville in New York was located in Central Park.

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Corrected entry: They are struggling to constantly pay the bills, however, throughout the movie part of the great depression, the Braddock family will randomly have new clothes. The best example of this is when Mae goes to go talk to Gould at his apartment and suddenly she has a new hat. Sure, Gould had just given them $175 so that Jim could train, but I doubt that Mae would have wasted that money on a new hat for herself.

Correction: Just because we never see that hat in prior scenes doesn't mean it's new. Perhaps that hat and the other 'random new clothes' were kept only for special occassions.

Corrected entry: Right after the movie goes into the Great Depression, Jim Braddock goes out into the kitchen where Mae is cooking breakfast. There is a clock over on a shelf by the stove. Throughout the entire scene, the time never changes.

Correction: Clocks break or simply stop, and many people, myself included, have left the broken or unwound clock untouched for an indefinite amount of time.

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Corrected entry: During the Great Depression part of the movie it is constantly mentioned that they are unable to pay their electric bill, however all the lights in the Braddock house are almost always on. They would use them sparingly so that they would have a lower bill to pay. (There needs to be light in order to see the characters in the movie.)

Correction: You are correct, they were unable to pay the bill which means that they are past due, but they haven't been turned off yet. Later in the movie they are so far past due that the power does get cut off (there is even a scene where the guy is disconnecting it). After it is disconnected, they use candles. No mistake here at all.

Deliberate mistake: To make Jim Braddock look more heroic, Max Baer is portrayed as being very mean and hateful. In fact, the real Max Baer was an extremely pleasant man who was devastated when Frankie Campbell died after fighting him. Many boxing historians and sportswriters have complained about this inaccurate depiction of Baer.

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Jim Braddock: I have to believe that when things are bad I can change them.

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Trivia: The man who at the end announces that Jimmy Braddock is the winner is actually the Director's (Ron Howard) Father.

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