During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man (Russell Crowe) was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination.