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The Calcium Kid (2004)

R | | Comedy | 30 April 2004 (UK)
Following a bizarre series of events, Jimmy, a local amateur boxer, finds himself pitted in a match against the world champion.

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Julian Zapata ...
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Hector Trujillo ...
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Janier Morales Drado ...
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Wilson Cretaro da Luz Jr. ...
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John Joyce ...
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Jeanne Wright
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Jimmy Connelly, an English bachelor milkman, 'accidentally' knocks down his boxing club's champion as a stand-in sparring partner. The champ was scheduled for a title fight against the reigning, American world champion, so the sleazy manager decides to substitute him with Jimmy, who is now groomed for stardom. Naive Jimmy does everything the crook says, only to be blamed when it all explodes in their faces big time. Will he keep taking it or stand his ground before his whole career and private life are ruined? Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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30 April 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A kalcium kölyök  »

Box Office

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£61,415 (UK) (2 May 2004)
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1.85 : 1
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Jamie Gambell: when Stan is fighting with various people in the bar, the guy that he wrestles with on the pool table is the second boom operator. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: [reads out loud from a newspaper] "Fascist fighter shames nation"? "Jimmy 'the Calcium Kid' Connelly will be fighting Jose Mendez for the middle-weight championship of the world on Saturday, but he will be doing so without the support of this newspaper. Connelly showed up at pre-fight press conference dressed in full Union Jack attire and lambasted Jose Mendez in the name of Queen and country."... What does lambasted mean?
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Crazy Credits

The Producer acknowledges that the behavior of the character "Jimmy Connelly" in the Film does not reflect the health and safety procedures of Express Dairies See more »

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References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

One Less Monkey
(White / Maldini / Wojcicki)
Performed by Bad Company UK
Courtesy of BC Recordings Ltd
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cute movie
16 September 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I've read all the terrible reviews; I wasn't expecting much, especially since I'm unlikely to get any British humor (being in the US and growing up in Asia). But the movie really surprised me at how many times it made me laugh out loud.

The performances are great fun to watch. Yes, the characters are cliché and very 1-D, but they are played with enough enthusiasm and charm to make up for the 'weak' script. There are places where the movie falls on the 'wrong/bad' side of cringe-worthy, like some scenes with Herbie(the manager) and Stan (the best friend), but overall, it's an enjoyable way to spend two hours.

And then, there's Jimmy (Orlando Bloom's character), who with his naivete and haplessness, manages to 'preach' without ever sounding preachy or cheesy. I know this is no Oscar movie, but it isn't as mindless as some comedies out there. At its heart, spoken through Jimmy's dad's quotes, are some good really messages. It's almost a shame that the movie isn't cut for a younger audience. It'd be a good diversion from the usual 'teen queen' movies flooding the cinemas these days.


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