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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. Paramount Pictures (2004), English, DVD Number of discs: 1, Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested), Run Time: 111 minutes.