Thursday, May 6, 2010

James J. Braddock ----- The Cinderella Man

                                              "In all the history of Boxing game 
                                               You find no human interest story to
                                               compare with the life narrative of
                                               James J. Braddock.........."

 I have never seen an inspiring movie like this.What a film it was. Set in the great depression of 1930. He was a light weight boxer after an injury is forced to retire. lost his reputation and wealth and had to shift to a much smaller place. He had no money left to feed his family, pay the electricity bills and their home does not have any heating arrangement. He has to work as a regular laborer which was on a daily basis i.e. some day you are given a chance to work sometimes you do not.

His wife prayed many years that he quits boxing but even working as a laborer he dreams of only boxing. Several years after his last fight, Braddock's old manager wants him to be a last-minute substitute to fight against the second-ranked world contender. In this case, Braddock is one of those hungry fighters who astonishes everyone by winning the fight. Braddock is back in the ring and begins to win all his fights against younger, stronger, and heavier boxers. In a sports article, Braddock is named the "Cinderella Man" for his miraculous comeback. Braddock gets a chance to fight the heavyweight champion, Max Baer (Craig Bierko), for the title. Max Baer had killed two men in the ring, and everybody believed Braddock would be number three. As the underdog, Braddock became the champion of the downtrodden masses.I can only say amazing movie with amazing performance by Russel crow.

The words of this song are so inspiring:-

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me
I’m more than a bird...I’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me

I Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home I’ll never see

It may sound absurd...but don’t be naive
Even Heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but won’t you concede
Even Heroes have the right to dream
It’s not easy to be me

Up, up and away...away from me
It’s all right...You can all sleep sound tonight
I’m not crazy...or anything…

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
Men weren’t meant to ride
With clouds between their knees

I’m only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me

It’s not easy to be me.


  1. Ah! i love the lyrics.tx for sharing. and gonna watch the movie too. In the recent past i liked The Blind Side. If u haven't, u might wanna watch that!

  2. Thanks maria. Sure will watch the Blind Side. I haven't watched it yet.