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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 #186 | Won 4 Oscars. Another 59 wins & 69 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. She'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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Did You Know?


The first Best Picture Oscar winner to be released on both HD DVD and Blu-ray. See more »


When Maggie is being ventilated her right eye is swollen, but in the next clip it is her left eye that is bloated. The shot is a reflection in the door-mirror, so left and right are reversed. 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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Written by Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens and David Potaux-Razel
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Loved The Ride
20 December 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Million Dollar Baby is a movie about boxing like Braveheart is a movie about men in kilts riding horses. What it is is a movie to experience if you find yourself ever entertaining thoughts about loyalty, determination, talent, no talent, age, youth, courage, fear, fate, and the pain and joy of both living and dying.

I read reviews of Million Dollar Baby and expected to like it. Roger Ebert can be soft on movies because he is plainly a big fan, but even he does not lightly toss around the M-word, masterpiece. Yet he drops it on MDB, and justly so. The story is simple and searing. A gal (Hilary Swank) with much heart and no experience aspires to be the champion of the world. She is Rocky in a sports bra. A grizzled fight trainer-manager/gym owner (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes her on. His best pal and wise-man assistant (Morgan Freemna) stands alongside them, as the plot unwinds steadily, seamlessly, picking up speed, scene by scene, act after act. Eastwood and Freeman are artists at the top of their profession and they, along with the brilliant Swank, present you the very worthy lives of three people you will care about and remember. The arena is boxing, but it might as well have been boating or baking. It is a story about values and truths that far exceed sports and movies. I walked into the Lowes Lincoln Square theater last night knowing Million Dollar Baby was taking me on a ride and willing to hop aboard. What a beautiful, memorable ride it was.

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