Cinderella Man (2005)
Standing Liberty quarters and an unusual use for a silver dollar
The 2005 Universal Pictures film "Cinderella Man" is about a 1930's boxing champion.
The film shows circulating coins of the 1930's including a silver peace dollar, a Standing Liberty quarter,
and an Indian Head or Buffalo nickel.
as his wife Mae.
Jim Braddock is a professional boxer and lives with his wife Mae and three small children in New Jersey.
He was a champion in the late 1920's but by 1930 injuries have ended his boxing career and he has
trouble finding work because the Depression has started.
He and his family live in a cramped low-rent apartment.
2. Jim in apartment
Things get worse financially and the electric company turns off the power.
3. Electric company man turns off power
Mae tries to stop him but the man needs his job also.
4. Jim counting cash
Jim stacks the small amount on the table.
5. Currency and stacked coins
A two dollar bill and a one dollar appear, along with some Standing Liberty quarters and Buffalo nickels.
he feels ashamed of.
He still doesn't have enough money to turn the power on so he goes to a hangout of boxing promoters,
and begs them for money.
6. Jim asks boxing manager for money
Joe Gould, his old manager, gives him enough money to turn on the power.
Jim puts the money in his cap.
7. Cap with coins
Some Standing Liberty quarters appear.
On June 14, 1934 Jim fights a boxer named Corn Griffin.
8. Silver dollar to cheek
This is an unusual use for a silver dollar.
Apparently cold dollar coins were used then to close cuts.
and finally gets to fight the heavyweight champion, Max Baer.
Max has killed two men in the ring, and the boxing commissioners call Jim into a meeting to
warn him about the danger of fighting Max.
9. Jim and Mae meet the press
Jim and Mae are asked about the fight and about Max's reputation.
10. Jim and Max at fancy restaurant
After posing with Jim, Max insults Jim and then makes crude remarks to Mae.
11. Max and Jim in the ring
Jim and Max manage to keep fighting without a knockout.
12. Silver dollar on ice
The coin is a 1923 Peace silver dollar, these were minted from 1921 to 1935.
13. Silver dollar on ear
The cold silver dollar is used to treat Jim's ear.
They award the championship to Jim.
14. Jim exults in his victory
The film ends with an epilogue which states that Jim retired from boxing, worked in construction,
served in World War II, and later worked on New York's Verrazano Bridge.
Russell Crowe as Jim Braddock
Renée Zellweger as Mae Braddock
Craig Bierko as Max Baer
Paul Giamatti as Joe Gould
Writers: Cliff Hollingsworth, Akiva Goldsman