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Knockout – The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema - University Press of Mississippi
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Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Leger Grindon


This is a book-length study of the Hollywood boxing film, a popular movie entertainment since the 1930s that includes such classics as Million Dollar Baby, Rocky, and Raging Bull. The boxer stands alongside the cowboy, the gangster, and the detective as a character that shaped America’s ideas of manhood. The author relates the Hollywood boxing film to the literature of Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, and Clifford Odets; the influence of ring champions, particularly Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali; and controversies surrounding masculinity, race, and sports. The book focuses on the fundamental dramat ... More

Keywords: Hollywood boxing film, Million Dollar Baby, Rocky, Raging Bull, boxer, manhood, ring champions, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Clifford Odets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781604739886
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leger Grindon, author