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THE CALCIUM KID
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Omid Djalili, Rafe Spall, Tamer Hassan, David Kelly, Michael Pena, Michael Lerner, Ronni Ancona, Billie Piper, Lyndsey Marshall
Director: Alex De Rakoff
UK: 90 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
UK Release Date: 30 April 2004
Jimmy Connelly loves his job as a milkman and his one ambition in life is to become the regional manager for his employers Express Milk Dairies. However, his life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally puts Pete Wright, Britain's contender for the boxing World title, out of action during a sparring match in the local gym. With no time to find a replacement Jimmy is propelled onto the world stage as Britain's boxing hope and is set to fight the current World Champion in a match that promises to be of David and Goliath proportions.
Orlando Bloom stars as the wholesome milkman Jimmy 'The Calcium Kid' Connelly, an amateur boxer who, in a bizarre twist of events, ends up fighting the world champion in his home town. Also appearing in the film are Rafe Spall as Jimmy's best friend Stan, comedian Omid Djalili as boxing promoter Herbie Bush, with boxer turned actor Tamer Hassan playing Herbie's initial protege and aggrieved middleweight fighter, Pete Wright. Arriving from stateside are Michael Pena as World Championship boxer Jose Mendez and his promoter Artie Cohen, played by Michael Lerner. Former pop starlet Billie Piper makes her screen debut, taking the role of Angel.