Against the Ropes

Synopsis: A Jewish woman from Detroit who became a boxing manager, guiding several major careers. This film focuses on her relationship with one boxer (Epps), who's reportedly a composite of several including Toney, McKart and Hearns. Kallen eventually left her husband of 30 years, and moved to Los Angeles, becoming the commissioner of the International Female Boxers Association...
Director(s): Charles S. Dutton
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Ray, you wanna lose

your mouthpiece again?

Come on, use your jab!

Box the damn guy,

come on!

Get out of that corner!

That's it, that's my little brother!

Come on, busy hands!

Jab! Jab!

Come on, Uncle Ray.

That's it, little brother.

Come on.

He's getting to you, Ray.

Come on.

- That's it, that's it.

- Left hook.

- Once is not enough. Come on, again.

- Jab, jab.

That's it. You see what happens

when you listen to me?

- Way to go.

- Thanks.

Hey, you do not belong up here,

all right? I'm not gonna tell you again.

Go wash your hands

and make yourself invisible.

Pete, she's your daughter.

She wants to help out.

She's a midget with a head full

of stupid. Who's she gonna help, huh?

- Crisco, can I get a hand over here?

- Yeah.

On the way, Mr. K.

Come on!

Hey, do you know

who you are

out of all the girls

in the world?

I'm your favorite?

And what's she gonna do

when she grows up?

- Kick butt and break hearts.

- That's right.

The world's an oyster

and you're a pearl.

Pearls are pretty,

and they're tough.

And pretty tough can do anything.

Remember that.

OK, Uncle Ray.


Hey, Mr. Abel.

- Hey, how are you, sir?

- Good to see you.

- Good morning, Mr. Abel.

- Yeah, beautiful.


Where's my coffee?

Coffee. It was not a question

the first time I asked for it.

You told me last week,

"absolutely, positively no coffee",

and I absolutely,

positively believed you.

Tear sheets for tomorrow.

The Telegram bled our ad.

It's nothing major, but we should

get credit for the next fight.

Memo from finance:

The budget

is officially overdue.

I ran some numbers...

- Did you take care of my bookie?

- I stalled him and your ex-wife.

I also printed out your e-mail,

restocked your bar,

hosed down Mel Harris.


Top drawer, left side, all you

have to do is sign off on them.

You see, that's why

I'm the boss, Kallen.

Because I let you handle

things for me.

Nobody gives me credit,

but if I were you and worked for me,

I would send myself roses.

Well, roses die and you might be

allergic, but thanks for thinking of you.

LaRocca's event briefing,

where do you want that?

In the conference room. And don't

stick the cutout in the corner.

It's my handiwork.

Put it someplace Sammy can see.

All right?

I hate it.

I hate it a lot.

Are these guys

gonna fight or foxtrot?

They look like Homo sapiens

or something.

They are Homo sapiens.

Kallen speaks.

And from a mile away.

- Am I contagious or something?

- No, it's not a hygienic thing.

She just gets

kind of shy around you.

I'm sorry you're unhappy

with the standee,

but we only went with the shot

because your guys approved it.

If I say the sh*t's sh*t,

it's sh*t.

I mean, they told me that you

signed off on it, Sammy.

I don't know what the hell happened.

Jackie, what happened?

I don't care what happened.

You have 48 hours before the fight.

I want the two faggots fixed.

I mean, who the hell does

Sam LaRocca think he is?

- A made man, that's who.

- No, he is the antichrist.

He is...

With a bank account.

He is this.

An $80 shoe?

He is the gum

on the bottom of my shoe.

That's what Abel and LaRocca are.

They're the gum,

you're the shoe.

How come they walk all over you?

Get a little older, work a little longer,

you won't be so judgmental then.

You think I like working for idiots

who take advantage of me?

That's easy for you to say.

This is not the best job you ever had.

At least here I get to see boxing,

in person, for free.

Boxing makes

all the other sh*t bearable.

If I didn't love it

as much as I do,

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Jackie Kallen

Jackie Kallen (born Jackie Kaplan, April 23, 1946) is one of boxing's first and most successful female managers. Her life was the inspiration for the film Against the Ropes in which she had a brief speaking role as a reporter. She also worked as a consultant for Mark Burnett's reality TV series The Contender. more…

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