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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Paul Haggis (screenplay), F.X. Toole (stories)
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Top Rated Movies #210 | Won 4 Oscars. Another 64 wins & 84 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Frankie Dunn
Hilary Swank ... Maggie Fitzgerald
Morgan Freeman ... Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
Jay Baruchel ... Danger Barch
Mike Colter ... Big Willie Little
Lucia Rijker Lucia Rijker ... Billie 'The Blue Bear'
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Father Horvak (as Brían O'Byrne)
Anthony Mackie ... Shawrelle Berry
Margo Martindale ... Earline Fitzgerald
Riki Lindhome ... Mardell Fitzgerald
Michael Peña ... Omar
Benito Martinez ... Billie's Manager
Bruce MacVittie ... Mickey Mack
David Powledge David Powledge ... Counterman at Diner
Joe D'Angerio ... Cut Man (as Joe d'Angerio)
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Storyline

Wanting to learn from the best, aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) wants Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

28 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rope Burns See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,953, 19 December 2004

Gross USA:

$100,492,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,763,646
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Prepping and shooting of this movie was so quick, that Producer and Director Clint Eastwood basically kept the same crew as he used on Mystic River (2003). See more »

Goofs

When Frankie & Maggie leave Maggie's hometown of Theodosia, MO, they pass a road sign with "160" inside a Missouri outline, the correct sign for Missouri State Highway 160. However, the main highway through real-life Theodosia (in far southern Missouri, just north of the Arkansas border and east of Branson) is U.S. Highway 160. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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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Superb!
21 August 2010 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood is a legendary film personality. I am a great fan of his. As an actor, I had my reservations with him, but as a storyteller, I have truly inhaled him. 'Million Dollar Baby' is amongst his finest films, a superb film, that almost reaches a Landmark level!

About a hardened trainer/manager works with a determined woman in her attempt to establish herself as a boxer. 'Million Dollar Baby' begins with some humor, then it improves itself into becoming a motivational punch, but ends as a dry and depressing saga. I adored almost everything about the film, except the final 20-25 minutes. The culmination is very depressing. In fact, one just doesn't imagine it would have to end this way! But in all fairness, this one is a winner!

Eastwood's understanding to the subject is objective and that's biggest plus point. Tom Stern's Cinematography is splendid. Joel Cox's editing is razor-sharp.

In the acting department, Hilary Swank delivers a Knock-out performance. She is the life of the show. Morgan Freeman is wonderfully restrained. Eastwood's performance, is a pure of example, of apt multi-tasking. Jay Baruchel as Danger, is flawless. Anthony Mackie is his usual self. Brian F. O'Byrne is passable.

On the whole, the list of accolades this 2004 flick received is truly unprecedented. It's got a legendary tag. From this writer, Thumbs Up!


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