Charles S. Dutton's feature-length directorial debut Against the Ropes is based on the real-life story of Jackie Kallen, a Jewish woman from Detroit who became a successful boxing manager. Played by Meg Ryan, Kallen works her way up in the world of boxing by believing in the fighting skills of Luther Shaw (Omar Epps). Director Dutton appears as veteran trainer Felix Reynolds, whom Kallen encourages to come out of retirement. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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If you like the world of boxing then you will love this movie and it is even better since it is based on truth. The behind the scenes is good too. They should have had someone tougher than Meg Ryan though - someone more believable like perhaps Peg Bundy (Katey Sagal)would have been great!