DirectorAlex De Rakoff ProducerNatascha Wharton CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date30 April 2004 (2004-04-30) WriterRaymond Friel, Derek Boyle, Alex De Rakoff Production companiesWorking Title Films, StudioCanal CastOrlando Bloom (Jimmy Connelly), Michael Peña (Jose Mendez), Michael Lerner (Artie Cohen), Billie Piper (Angel), Omid Djalili (Herbie Bush), Tamer Hassan (Pete Wright) Similar moviesThe Milky Way (1936), The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Amorous Milkman (1975), The Great White Hype (1996), Fighting Fools
TaglineIt takes a lotta bottle to be the champ
The calcium kid trailer
The Calcium Kid is a British mockumentary comedy film which was released in 2004. It stars Orlando Bloom as a milkman and amateur boxer. Billie Piper and Michael Peña are also featured. It is directed by Alex De Rakoff and produced by Working Title Films. The milkman-turned-prizefighter concept had been previously used in both Harold Lloyd's The Milky Way and its remake, Danny Kaye´s vehicle, The Kid from Brooklyn.
Jimmy Connelly (Orlando Bloom) is a milkman who is thrust into the spotlight after a brutal fighter, Pete Wright (Tamer Hassan), gets injured. Under manager Herbie Bush (Omid Djalili), Jimmy must fight the middleweight champion of the world, Jose Mendez (Michael Peña).
Within the lead up to the fight with Mendez, Jimmy has to take part in a press conference, in which Bush recommends him to give Mendez fighting talk. However, this leads to Jimmy being seen as a fascist and a disgrace to England after being seen as racist.
After Jimmy realises the harm Bush has caused, he calls off the fight. As Bush and the training team look for Jimmy, they find him cleaning his old milk cart. In a negotiation to help the town in order to fight, Jimmy is persuaded to participate.
In the locker room, minutes before the fight, as Jimmy and his crew walk backstage, Wright holds a shotgun to them, whilst the camera crew is also held hostage, filming the event. Wright leads them to a room where Jimmy is forced to fight Mendez, who is also held hostage. After getting substantially battered by Mendez, Jimmy manages to fight back, but then Wright smacks his head with the gun. Then Wright goes to shoot Mendez, leaving him praying for his life. Then Jimmy punches Wright, leaving him knocked out.
With the film crew recording the event, Jimmy becomes a hero, not only in his home town, but in Britain.
Orlando Bloom as Jimmy Connelly
Michael Peña as José Mendez
Billie Piper as Angel
Rafe Spall as Stan Parlour
Tamer Hassan as Pete Wright
Omid Djalili as Herbie Bush
David Kelly as Paddy O'Flanagan
Mark Heap as Sebastian Gore-Brown
Michael Lerner as Artie Cohen
John Joyce as Jon Wright
Cathy Dunning as Joyce Wright
Frank Harper as Clive Connelly
Ronni Ancona as Pat Connelly
Peter Serafinowicz as Radio DJ
The film received negative reviews from critics, and has a rare overall rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 5 reviews.