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The Boxer (1997)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danny Flynn
Daragh Donnelly ... Prison Officer
Frank Coughlan ... Prison Officer
Sean Kearns ... Prison Officer
Lorraine Pilkington ... Bride
Niall Shanahan ... Groom
John Wall ... Priest (as Father John Wall)
Maria McDermottroe ... Betty
... Wedding Guest (as Carol Scanlan)
Kate Perry ... Wedding Guest
Andrea Irvine ... Wedding Guest
Joan McGarry ... Wedding Guest
Theresa McComb ... Wedding Guest
Catherine Dunne ... Wedding Guest
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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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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9 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bokser  »

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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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Daniel Day-Lewis boxed and trained for three years in preparation for this role. See more »

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

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Maggie: [to Joe, her father] My marriage was over before Liam was even born... I'm the prisoner here. You and your politics have made sure of that!
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Performed by Josie Doherty
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Difficult but rewarding
16 February 1999 | by See 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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