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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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

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Frankie Dunn has trained and managed some incredible fighters during a lifetime spent in the ring. The most important lesson he teaches his boxers is the one that rules life: above all, always protect yourself. In the wake of a painful estrangement from his daughter, Frankie has been unwilling to let himself get close to anyone for a very long time. His only friend, Scrap, an ex-boxer who looks after Frankie's gym, knows that beneath his gruff exterior is a man who has been seeking, for the past 25 years, the forgiveness that somehow continues to elude him. Then Maggie Fitzgerald walks into his gym... Written by Any

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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:

$200,475 (Sweden) (8 April 2005)

Gross:

$100,422,786 (USA) (3 June 2005)
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Maggie's checkbook ledger contains an entry for Michael Sexton, the film's property master. See more »

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When Maggie is taking her mother to the new home she just bought her, there are palm trees around the other houses in the neighborhood. This scene is supposed to be in a small town in Missouri, where palm trees do not grow. See more »

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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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21 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this last night in LA without much knowing what to expect. Hadn't read many reviews...only knew I liked the work of the three main stars. Swank carries the film and is at her absolute best. The last 45 minutes are some of the most powerful film-making I can remember. Eastwood is also in top form but allows Swank's performance to trump his own. Freeman is outstanding and might have done enough to earn a Best Supporting Actor nomination. This is so much more than a boxing movie, but it's right there with "Raging Bull" and "Rocky". I saw "The Aviator" two days ago and enjoyed "MDB" more.

However, the film is not without fault...Eastwood has a tendency to allow scenes to go on too long and to fill them with too much dead air. The dialogue at times appears a little too ad-libbed. There are some minor logical inconsistencies. But the positives far outweigh the negatives.


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