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The Boxer (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  31 December 1997 (USA)
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Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

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Daragh Donnelly ...
Prison Officer
Frank Coughlan ...
Prison Officer
Sean Kearns ...
Prison Officer
Lorraine Pilkington ...
Bride
Niall Shanahan ...
Groom
John Wall ...
Priest (as Father John Wall)
Maria McDermottroe ...
Betty
Carol Scanlan ...
Wedding Guest
Kate Perry ...
Wedding Guest
Andrea Irvine ...
Wedding Guest
Joan McGarry ...
Wedding Guest
Theresa McComb ...
Wedding Guest
Catherine Dunne ...
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Kerrie Duggan ...
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Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the I.R.A. in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working class neighborhood to resume his life as a boxer, fighting and opening a boxing club training aspiring boxers. Maggie has since married Danny's best friend, who is also imprisoned for his I.R.A. activities. Although he has not denounced the I.R.A. or denigrated his I.R.A. colleagues, Danny has decided to live a life free of political violence. His boxing club is nonsectarian, open to both Catholics and Protestants. This move irks some of his old I.R.A. colleagues since they feel working with the Protestants will not resolve their David versus Goliath struggle. Danny's old I.R.A. colleagues, especially their unofficial leader Harry, resort to traditional tactics of violence to stop Danny. Maggie's father, Joe, also an I.R.A. activist, ... Written by Artemis-9

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language, drugs and violence | See all certifications »
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31 December 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$129,915 (USA) (2 January 1998)

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£1,173,148 (UK) (27 February 1998)
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Although set in Belfast, the film was almost exclusively shot in the run-down docklands and Sheriff Street area of Dublin's North Inner City. The flat complex used in the film was earmarked for demolition but this was postponed until filming was completed. Since then the entire area has been redeveloped and now contains several multinational company headquarters, a college, hotels, up-market restaurants, a rail station and million dollar apartments. See more »

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During the televised boxing match in Londonderry, no TV cameras are seen around the ring area. See more »

Quotes

Danny: I'll leave if you ask me to.
Maggie: If *I* ask you?
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The Irish "Rocky"?
22 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Daniel Day-Lewis plays a former IRA man released from prison for a bombing that took place years ago. While out and about, he tries to put his life back together by opening up a gym open to everyone regardless of their religious beliefs and rekindles an old romance with Emily Watson, even though she's got a kid and her husband, one of Day-Lewis's former fellow IRA mates, is still in jail. Naturally, the IRA starts making life rough for Day-Lewis, but he refuses to back down and be intimidated in the face of adversity.

Sure it may not dig as deeply on uncomfortable subjects the way "My Left Foot", "In The Name of the Father" or even "The Last of the Mohicans", but this is still a damn fine film addressing a still current problem in Ireland.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson are a great pair and their chemistry helps keep the film aloft.


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