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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.



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Top Rated Movies #195 | Won 4 Oscars. Another 60 wins & 81 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucia Rijker ...
Father Horvak (as Brían O'Byrne)
David Powledge ...
Cut Man (as Joe d'Angerio)


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.


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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Release Date:

28 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rope Burns  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Albert S. Ruddy received his second Best Picture award for this film. The first, for The Godfather (1972), was presented to him by Clint Eastwood. See more »


The "Everlast" patch on the speed bag moves repeatedly between shots after Frankie begins to train Maggie (the last half of the speed bag scene). See more »


[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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Intoxicating, Brilliant, Inspirational, and Multi-Layered- what films are meant 2 B
30 January 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Wow- what an incredible movie! There are so many layers to this film, one could almost see it 4 times and get something new out of it every time. I loved first and foremost its message that we create ourselves through our drive, loyalty, ambition, dedication, and work. Secondly, I love its insistence in the good of the American Dream, and I loved its excitement and beautiful, touching message toward the end. A movie about violence and ambition that evolves into a movie about love, hard-earned sacrifice, and doing something meaningful with one's life. Grade A entertainment with a beautiful message to boot! Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood should both win their second Oscars for their contribution to cinema.

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