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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 28 January 2005 (USA)
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

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Wanting to learn from the best, aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald wants Frankie Dunn to train her. At the outset he flatly refuses saying he has no interest in training a girl. Frankie leads a lonely existence, alienated from his only daughter and having few friends. Maggie's rough around the edges but shows a lot of grit in the ring and he eventually relents. Maggie not only proves to be the boxer he always dreamed of having under his wing but a friend who fills the great void he's had in his life. Maggie's career skyrockets but an accident in the ring leads her to ask Frankie for one last favor. Written by garykmcd

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Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$179,953 (USA) (17 December 2004)

Gross:

$100,422,786 (USA) (3 June 2005)
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Trivia

One of two times when the presenter handing Eastwood an Oscar was Barbara Streisand. She previously handed him the Best Director Oscar of Unforgiven (1992). Before giving the second movie award to him, she said, "I would be very happy to give you this again, Clint." See more »

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Sucker punching someone in boxing is a serious offense and will often result in a suspension of the offender. If it resulted in an injury like one suffered by Maggie, it would result in the arrest of the fouling fighter, the likely permanent revocation of their boxing license and a very hefty lawsuit against that fighter. SInce money to care of Maggie is a major portion of the film's narrative, it's surprising that very short shrift is giving to would obviously be a major concern: The offending fighter being punished for her actions. See more »

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[first lines]
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris: [Narrating] Only ever met one man I wouldn't wanna fight. When I met him he was already the best cut man in the business. Started training and managing in the sixties, but never lost his gift.
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The Warner Brothers logo is the classic shield version, shown in a color palette (mainly black and white, with a dark green tint) matching the "feel" of the movie, and is static instead of the modern 3D animated sequence. See more »

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Solferino
Written by Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens and David Potaux-Razel
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Swank! Eastwood! Freeman!
8 January 2006 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

It would be difficult to imagine a more perfect trio of performers the likes of Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman in their respective roles in the emotionally-charged "Million Dollar Baby."

My favorite scenes were the early sequences in which Maggie (Swank) visits the dowdy boxing gym and co-opts Eastwood's crusty boxing trainer Frankie into becoming her mentor. Along with the veteran, retired boxer Eddie, played by Freeman, the performances were as electric as the Ali shuffle.

In the overall arc of the story of "Million Dollar Baby," there were three extraneous subplots: (1) Frankie's visits to church and his talks with the priest; (2) the story of the mentally-challenged young man named Danger, who appears in the gym and is taunted by the boxers; and (3) Maggie's family members introduced in two scenes filled with such vulgarity that much of the film's hard-earned credibility was lost. Not only would the film have worked effectively without the subplots, it would have been a much better film without them.

While Eastwood's direction was superb, much credit should also go to the designers, especially the stylish work with lighting. I cannot recall a film as dimly lit as this one, and the subdued lighting contributed substantially to the characters and mood evoked in this sensitive film. The three main performances were standouts. But this film was also a very successful team effort.


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