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The Boxer (1997) Poster

(1997)

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Daniel Day-Lewis boxed and trained for three years in preparation for this role.
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Although set in Belfast, the film was almost exclusively shot in the run-down docklands and Sheriff Street area of Dublin's North Inner City. The flat complex used in the film was earmarked for demolition but this was postponed until filming was completed. Since then the entire area has been redeveloped and now contains several multinational company headquarters, a college, hotels, up-market restaurants, a rail station and million dollar apartments.
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The boxing match in the film, complete with the unusual result, was based on an actual bout.
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Barry McGuigan who was coaching (Daniel Day Lewis' for two years to prepare him for the boxing scenes in the film, and who was a regular commentator at fights all over the country was familiar with the form of most boxers, said the actor was so good and so serious about his training that he could easily have contested real boxing matches against the leading fighters in his weight class at the time.
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Eddie Carroll is the name of an actual Canadian hall-of-fame welterweight boxer who fought in the '30s and '40s.
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