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Million Dollar Baby -- "I DON'T TRAIN GIRLS", trainer Frankie Dunn growls. But something's different about the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn's gym. All she wants is a fighting chance.
Million Dollar Baby -- A hardened trainer/manager works with a determined woman in her attempt to establish herself as a boxer.


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Writers (WGA):
Paul Haggis (screenplay)
F.X. Toole (stories)
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Release Date:
28 January 2005 (USA) See more »
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.
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 80 wins & 61 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... 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 ... Counterman at Diner

Joe D'Angerio ... Cut Man (as Joe d'Angerio)

Marcus Chait ... J.D. Fitzgerald

Tom McCleister ... Lawyer

Erica Grant ... Nurse

Naveen ... Pakistani

Morgan Eastwood ... Little Girl in Truck

Jamison Yang ... Paramedic
Dean Familton ... Ref #1
Louis Moret ... Ref #2 (as Dr. Louis Moret)

V.J. Foster ... Ref #3
Jon D. Schorle II ... Ref #4

Marty Sammon ... Ref #5

Steven M. Porter ... Ref #6
Ray Corona ... Ref #7

Ming Lo ... Rehab Doctor

Miguel Pérez ... Restaurant Owner (as Miguel Perez)

Jim Cantafio ... Ring Doctor #1
Ted Grossman ... Ring Doctor #2

Ned Eisenberg ... Sally Mendoza

Marco Rodríguez ... Second at Vegas Fight (as Marco Rodriguez)
Roy Nugent ... Fan in Vegas
Don Familton ... Ring Announcer
Mark Thomason ... Radio Commentator

Brian T. Finney ... Irish Fan #1

Spice Williams-Crosby ... Irish Fan #2

Kim Strauss ... Irish Fan #3
Rob Maron ... Irish Fan #4

Kirsten Berman ... Irish Fan #5

Susan Krebs ... Rehab Nurse
Sunshine Chantal Parkman ... Rehab Nurse #2
Kim Dannenberg ... Rehab Nurse #3
Eddie Bates ... Rehab Resident
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Alioto ... Las Vegas Fight Fan (uncredited)

Nina Avetisova ... VIP Girl (uncredited)

Michael Bentt ... Boxer (uncredited)

Bruce Gerard Brown Jr. ... Boxer (uncredited)

Jude Ciccolella ... Hogan (uncredited)
Marc De'Antone ... Fight Manager #2 (uncredited)

Kimberly Estrada ... Perez (uncredited)
Christopher Gilbertson ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Adolfo Jimenez ... Irish cheerer (uncredited)

Guillermo Jorge ... Cutman (uncredited)

Sean LoGrasso ... Fight Fan (uncredited)

Maher McClung ... Irish Fan (uncredited)
Robert McMurrer ... Boxing Fan (uncredited)

Sean O'Kane ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Ricky Pak ... Las Vegas Bout Timekeeper (uncredited)

Vladimir Rajcic ... Yugoslavian Judge (uncredited)
Michael Saglimbeni ... Fan (uncredited)

Bobby Silva ... Boxer (uncredited)

McKay Stewart ... Sparring Boxer (uncredited)
Jaerin Washington ... Jamaican Boxer Cornerman (uncredited)

Jason Williams ... Las Vegas Fight Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
Writing credits
Paul Haggis (screenplay)

F.X. Toole (stories from Rope Burns)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Paul Haggis .... producer
Robert Lorenz .... executive producer
Gary Lucchesi .... executive producer
Robert Moresco .... co-producer (as Bobby Moresco)
Tom Rosenberg .... producer
Albert S. Ruddy .... producer
Original Music by
Clint Eastwood 
Cinematography by
Tom Stern (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard 
Costume Design by
Deborah Hopper 
Makeup Department
Deena Adair .... hair stylist
Janice Alexander .... hair stylist (as Jan Alexander)
Nancy Hancock .... makeup artist (as Nancy Worthen-Hancock)
Tania McComas .... key makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hair stylist
Jay Wejebe .... makeup artist
Buffy Zerefski .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Tim Moore .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katie Carroll .... second second assistant director
Ryan Craig .... additional second assistant director (as Ryan D. Craig)
Robert Lorenz .... first assistant director
Donald Murphy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Scott M. Anderson .... assistant property master
William A. Barry III .... swing gang (as William Barry)
Brian Bilson .... on-set dresser (as Brian K. Bilson)
Bradley B. Blasdel .... swing gang
Pam Cartmel .... art department coordinator
Alexander Ferency .... construction labor foreman
Chuck Herrmann .... assistant property master
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... standby painter
Rickey Johnson .... on-set dresser
Gary A. Lee .... set designer
David Leon McCardle .... swing gang
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator (as Michael A. Muscarella)
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... set designer (as Joseph G. Pacelli)
Enrico Paronelli .... paint foreman
Sandra Renfroe .... swing gang (as Sandi Armstrong Renfroe)
Mike Rutgard .... swing gang (as Michael S. Rutgard)
Kenny Sanford .... construction general foreman
John Schacht .... leadperson (as John A. Schacht)
Michael Sexton .... property master (as Mike Sexton)
Elixandro Diaz Jr. .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Elixandro Diaz Jr. .... plaster supervisor (uncredited)
Christine Fegley .... set painter (uncredited)
David Christopher Johnson .... assistant to production designer (uncredited)
James R. Lord .... carpenter (uncredited)
Scott Nifong .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Robert Silcock .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Bub Asman .... co-supervising sound editor
Christopher Boyes .... re-recording mixer
William Cawley .... first assistant sound editor (as Bill Cawley)
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... supervising dialogue editor
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor
Joe Divitale .... foley editor (as Joseph B. Divitale)
Michael Dressel .... supervising foley editor
Juno J. Ellis .... adr supervisor
Jonathan Fuh .... boom operator (as Jonathan Lee-Ger Fuh)
Tony Gray .... sound utility
David Grimaldi .... sound effects editor (as Dave Grimaldi)
Tom Hartig .... boom operator
Tom Johnson .... re-recording mixer
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor
Bruce Lacey .... sound effects editor
Brian Magerkurth .... sound mix technician (as Brian D. Magerkurth)
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
Chuck Michael .... sound effects editor
Kimberly Morrell .... adr assistant editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Blu Murray .... assistant sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Carin Rogers .... dialogue editor
Jurgen Scharpf .... sound mix technician
Michael Semanick .... re-recording mixer
Tony Sereno .... sound mix technician
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Shawn Sykora .... foley editor
David Wolowic .... assistant sound editor
Vincent Cirilli .... pro tools engineer (uncredited)
Sean England .... digital archivist (uncredited)
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... supervising adr editor (uncredited)
Steve Mann .... sound editor (uncredited)
Rob Nokes .... additional sound recordist (uncredited)
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Paul Virostek .... additional sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steve Riley .... special effects coordinator (as Steven Riley)
Dominic V. Ruiz .... special effects
H. Barclay Aaris .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Ante Dugandzic .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Liz Radley .... video & computer graphics supervisor
Darin McCormick-Millett .... digital opticals producer: Pacific Title and Art Studio (uncredited)
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects artist: pacific title digital (uncredited)
Minerva Adams .... stunts
Michael Bentt .... stunts (as Michael A. Bentt)
Tamara Bossett .... stunts
Christina Cox .... stunts
Daniele Doobenen .... stunts
Kimberly Estrada .... stunts
Maritza Franco .... stunts
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem .... stunts (as Rosine Ace Hatem)
Nick Hermz .... stunts
Mimi Lesseos .... stunts
Cynthia Prouder .... stunts
Bridgett Riley .... stunts
Mikee Stafford .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Boni Yanagisawa .... stunts
Nicola C. Hindshaw .... stunts (uncredited)
Joni Podesta .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... steadicam operator
Trevor Carroll-Coe .... camera loader
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera
Ross Dunkerley .... chief lighting technician
Sean Higgins .... rigging gaffer
John Lacy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Bobby McMahan .... second assistant camera (as Robert A. McMahan)
Charles Saldana .... key grip (as Charles Saldaña)
T. Daniel Scaringi .... rigging grip
Doug Wall .... best boy grip (as Douglas L. Wall)
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... still photographer
James D. Wickman .... dolly grip
Kevin Barrera .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Buzzy Burwell .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Robert Chinello .... grip (uncredited)
Bill Coe .... camera operator: "a" camera (uncredited)
Matthew A. Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jason C. Fitzgerald .... rigging electric (uncredited)
Terry Kramer .... electrician (uncredited)
Roger Meilink .... rigging best boy (uncredited)
Brian Minzlaff .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Morten Petersen .... rigging electric gang boss (uncredited)
Bruce D. Spellman .... grip (uncredited)
Ken Sylvester .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Towne .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Paul Varrieur .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susan Grennan .... casting associate
Tony Hobbs .... extras casting
Geoffrey Miclat .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Culotta .... set costumer
Lynda Foote .... costume supervisor
Sybil Gray .... set costumer
Jennifer Parker .... set costumer (as Jennifer Parker-Stanton)
Cathie Valdovino .... set costumer
Becky Gelbart .... set costumer (uncredited)
Jack Taggart .... head ager and dyer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Gary Roach .... assistant film editor (as Gary D. Roach)
Kurt Smith .... color timer
Location Management
Kokayi Ampah .... supervising location manager
Elisa Ann Conant .... assistant location manager
Luke Ramsey .... assistant location manager
Ptah Shabaf .... assistant location manager (as Ptah S. Shabaf)
Donovan Terranova .... assistant location manager
David Halver .... location consultant: LA (uncredited)
Marta Tomkiw .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Kyle Eastwood .... composer: additional music
Robert Fernandez .... music scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Bruce Forman .... musician: guitar
Donald Harris .... music editor
Gennady Loktionov .... special music arranger
Lennie Niehaus .... conductor
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator
Michael Stevens .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Stephen Heinrich .... transportation captain (as Stephen A. Heinrich)
Charles Ramirez .... transportation captain
Robert aaron Brown .... driver (uncredited)
Dillin Craig .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Jim DePue .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Paulie DiCocco III .... driver: Hilary Swank (uncredited)
Robert Gaskill .... personal driver: Mr. Freeman (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
John Magoo McGivern .... driver (uncredited)
Kevin Norwood .... driver generator operator (uncredited)
Beau Reed .... driver (uncredited)
John Sagray .... driver (uncredited)
Paul Tumber .... driver: Ms Swank (uncredited)
Other crew
Mary Aymar .... assistant: Mr. Ruddy
Ilsa Berg .... assistant: Mr. Lucchesi
Shandra Beri .... production aide
Michael Bilog .... assistant production accountant (as Michael I. Bilog)
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher
Casey Cummins .... production aide
Gerry De Leon .... assistant: Ms. Swank (as Gerry de Leon)
Don Dinkins .... technical advisor: boxing (as 'Boxing' Don R. Dinkins)
Don Familton .... technical advisor: boxing
Jessica Franks .... set production aide
Jason Gondek .... production accountant (as Jason S. Gondek)
Susan Grennan .... set production aide
Susan Hartmann .... assistant production coordinator
Judie Hoyt .... executive: Malpaso (as Judie G. Hoyt)
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Eva Jensen .... studio teacher
Michael Judd .... set production aide
Don Kincade .... set production aide (as Donald A. Kincade)
Mable Lawson-McCrary .... script supervisor (as Mable Lawson McCrary)
Deana Lou .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Lance McDaniel .... assistant: Mr. Ruddy
Rose Mesa .... assistant accountant
Kevin Murray .... production aide
Greg Newman .... production aide
Quentin Pierre .... assistant: Mr. Freeman (as Quentin A. Pierre)
Casey Pond .... craft service (as Casey J. Pond)
Lucia Rijker .... technical advisor: boxing
Grant Roberts .... weight trainer: Ms. Swank
Hector Roca .... technical advisor: boxing
Jenniphur Ryan .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Gian Sardar .... assistant: Mr. Haggis
Elizabeth Schlater .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg
Taffy Schweickhardt .... assistant accountant
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator (as Karen E. Shaw)
Michelle L. Shuffett .... medical technical advisor (as Michelle L. Shuffett M.D.)
Miker Stovall .... production aide
Chuck Webb .... set production aide
Doug Burch .... adr voice (uncredited)
Kelli Cardiff .... Inflatable Crowd Coordinator (uncredited)
David Cervantes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cristina Chereneta .... product placement liaison (uncredited)
Joseph Hampton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Paula Kucharski .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Matt Lindquist .... voice: boxing announcer (uncredited)
Scooter Perrotta .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Diana Taffolla .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Mark Thomason .... stand-in (uncredited)
John Trujillo .... craft service assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language
132 min
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Maggie's checkbook ledger contains an entry for Michael Sexton, the film's property master.See more »
Continuity: When Maggie is sparring at the gym before her first fight, Frankie calls her over to talk. Her ponytail changes position from down her back to over her shoulder between front and back shots.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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360 out of 523 people found the following review useful.
Best boxing film since "Raging Bull"?, 22 December 2004
Author: thedwork from Albany, NY

Clint Eastwood is a man of faith. He is an artist who is confident and experienced enough to have a deep faith in the audience that he is trying to reach. He is also a master of omission, of the left-out detail/line, trusting in his gut that his audience is willing to participate in his films by exercising their imaginations; that they never want any aspect of the story to be 'dumbed-down' for ready consumption. In fact, his trust in the audience to use their own minds to fill in gaps is like a gift of part ownership in the film. "Million Dollar Baby" is a beautiful gift, and a masterpiece if film-making.

Eastwood plays Frankie Dunn, an elder boxing coach, manager, and expert 'cut man' who runs a gym and is learning Gaelic on the side. He's a nice enough guy, but he can't seem to shake the guilt from ghosts in his past (some we're in on, some not quite). His guilt/shame is a constant just beneath the surface and gives him something of a cold exterior, sometimes frozen. Yet, as played by Eastwood, you know Dunn's aware of his own plight, but just doesn't know how to melt the ice. Or more importantly, if he's deserving of such a meltdown.

Enter Maggie Fitzgerald (Swank). She's a thirty-something trailer trash woman from southwest Missouri. An unlikely hero for sure. But for my money, Maggie is this generation's Rocky. That may seem an easy, simplistic, and over-reaching comparison, but the parallels are deep, obvious and myriad. Like many people, Maggie's dream (being a professional boxer) is always just out of reach, yet she cannot give it up. She works as a waitress to make ends meet (or at least the ends are almost touching), but spends all her spare time training. Like Dunn, Maggie has her own ghosts haunting her, and through these ghosts they bond tighter than super glue. The heart and work (incalculably huge amounts) that Swank put into becoming Maggie are unnoticeable. It's a silly phrase but it's as if she was born to play this part. It fits like a glove. The real life parallel of her relationship to Eastwood no doubt played a part in her ability to connect with the character's relationship to Dunn. Yet this in no way diminishes her accomplishment. She is brilliant.

Morgan Freeman plays Dunn's right-hand man (Scrape) at the gym, and reprises a role similar to Red from "Shawshank Redemption". He also voices the omniscient narration to the story, a la Red. Like Dunn and Maggie, he's similarly bruised, but somehow less deeply. He's there when both of them need support and helps to bring them together. I can think of nobody acting in film today who can embody kindness and wisdom through friendship and support better than Freeman. He also serves to bring in another Eastwood trademark – 'Banter'. Even when themes are heavy, Eastwood's sense of humor is never entirely absent and he and Freeman have a good time with each other, as did Bacon and Fishburne in "Mystic River". These three characters together create a beautiful and true, albeit small, family unit Eastwood's lifelong themes and 'blurring of lines' are on full display: good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, the role of violence, redemption, guilt/shame over previous acts, even god and death. Never one for easy answers, his version of the truth lies in the shadows, quite literally. Cinematographer Tom Stern crafts characters in shadow, shifting in and out of light. There is a grey area between the light and the dark where something approaching truth lies waiting, and this is where Eastwood takes us, then leaves us there to ponder. "Million Dollar Baby" is a shadow play. As accomplished as "Unforgiven" and "Mystic River", yet even more personal, this film is a triumph of human storytelling. As Bacon's character says in "Mystic River", "…and the hits just keep on comin'."

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