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Joe and Max (2002)





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In the 1930s and '40s, the rivalry between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling was one of the greatest in the history of professional boxing. Louis was one of the first African-Americans to win the Heavyweight championship, and he was a great symbol of hope and achievement for blacks before the advent of the Civil Rights Movement, while Schmeling was a German who many Nazi supporters cited as an example of the innate superiority of the Aryan race. However, what few people knew is that despite their rivalry in the ring, between bouts Louis and Schmeling were good friends, and that Schmeling was not only never a member of the Nazi party, but spurned the attention of Adolf Hitler and helped save the lives of several Jews during the Nazi pogroms. Joe and Max is a made-for-cable drama based on the true story of the friendship of Joe Louis (played by Leonard Roberts) and Max Schmeling (Til Schweiger), and Schmeling's secret heroism during World War II. The supporting cast includes Peta Wilson, Richard Roundtree, and Bruce Weitz.


Til Schweiger
as Max Schmeling
Leonard Roberts
as Joe Louis
Richard Roundtree
as Jack Blackburn
Peta Wilson
as Anny Ondra
David Paymer
as Joe Jacobs
John Toles-Bey
as John Roxborough
Garland Whitt
as John Roxborough
Bruce Weitz
as Mike Jacobs
Paul Collins
as Jim Farley
J.J. Gordon
as Laurence Paulson
August Zirner
as David Lewin
Rolf Kanies
as Adolf Hitler
Daniel Hugh Kelly
as Jack Dempsey
Frank Shattuck
as Jimmy Braddock
Cole McKay
as Paolino Uzcudun
Frank-Lorenz Engel
as George Grosz
Jeff Boyd
as General
Errol Shaker
as Harlem Preacher
Eva Plackner
as Hotel Manager
Harvey Friedman
as Beat Writer
Jeffrey Mittelman
as Boxing Official
Peter Gilbert Cotton
as Ring Announcer
Jeff Hess
as Radio announcer
Ben Posener
as Braddock's Manager
Luciano Rios Robledo
as Rocky Marciano
Anthony Russel
as Jersey Joe Walcott
Peter Pauli
as Heinrich Mann
Billy J. Banner
as Bar Back Man
Jeff Burrell
as Reporter
John Keogh
as Reporter
Joachim Paul Assböck
as Gestapo Lieutenant
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Good movie for a low budget film...of course I enjoy movies about boxing AND Nazi Germany, so that helped quite alot.

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