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The Boxer (1997)

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Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

Director:

Jim Sheridan
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Danny Flynn
Daragh Donnelly Daragh Donnelly ... Prison Officer
Frank Coughlan Frank Coughlan ... Prison Officer
Sean Kearns Sean Kearns ... Prison Officer
Lorraine Pilkington Lorraine Pilkington ... Bride
Niall Shanahan Niall Shanahan ... Groom
John Wall John Wall ... Priest (as Father John Wall)
Maria McDermottroe Maria McDermottroe ... Betty
Carol Moore ... Wedding Guest (as Carol Scanlan)
Kate Perry Kate Perry ... Wedding Guest
Andrea Irvine Andrea Irvine ... Wedding Guest
Joan McGarry Joan McGarry ... Wedding Guest
Theresa McComb Theresa McComb ... Wedding Guest
Catherine Dunne Catherine Dunne ... Wedding Guest
Kerrie Duggan Kerrie Duggan ... Wedding Guest
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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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Love is always worth fighting for.

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bokser See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,915, 4 January 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,799,672, 15 February 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,400,000, 8 March 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The boxing match in the film, complete with the unusual result, was based on an actual bout. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Danny: I'm not a killer, Maggie. This place makes me want to kill.
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Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

DANNY BOY (DERRY AIR)
Traditional tune with lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Weatherly)
[Incorrectly co-credited to Harold Samuel (as Samuel)]
Published by BOOSEY & HAWKES MUSIC PUB. LTD.
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Difficult but rewarding
16 February 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

I think the reason this wasn't as well received as MY LEFT FOOT and IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (the previous collaborations of Daniel Day-Lewis and Jim Sheridan) is this is telling a more complex tale, and while I loved both of those films, this one you have to work harder for. It should be said there are some lapses, particularly in the dialogue, which is often unnecessarily repeated. And sometimes, in his attempt not to play on our emotions too much, Sheridan goes too far in the opposite direction, making the film too distant.

Still, this is a powerful film. Sheridan was accused with IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER with making an anti-British film, but in that one and this one, he shows he's not afraid of taking on his own people as well. At the same time, while his sympathies are with Day-Lewis' character, he's able to recognize all sides of the situation, as to emphasize the point that peace is always hard work. Day-Lewis, as usual, gives an outstanding performance, though he's a little too old, and Watson continues to grow as an actress with her performance.


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