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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Paul Haggis (screenplay), F.X. Toole (stories)
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Top Rated Movies #200 | Won 4 Oscars. Another 63 wins & 83 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 David Powledge ... Counterman at Diner
Joe D'Angerio ... Cut Man (as Joe d'Angerio)
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Storyline

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. Maggie'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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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.

Genres:

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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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

28 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rope Burns See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,953, 19 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,492,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,763,646
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Of the three Best Picture Oscar winners featuring Morgan Freeman, this is the only one where he also won the Oscar. He was nominated for Best Leading Actor in Driving Miss Daisy (1989). See more »

Goofs

When Maggie is laid out on the mat after her neck injury, a doctor shines a penlight in her eye 5-6 times. The doctor is checking for pupillary reaction, but this would only take one, or at the maximum two, wrist flicks. The movie doctor does it repeatedly throughout the entire shot, not stopping until the scene cuts. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Boxing Baby
Written by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
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Excellent
11 January 2005 | by larryg5See all my reviews

The movie is excellent. Hillary Swank deserves to receive the Oscar for her performance. I haven't seen much of her lately and am so glad that she was picked for this movie. She seems a natural for this role. Like she didn't even have to act, she just let her own emotions take charge. She stole every scene when she was on. Clint Eastwood is one heck of an actor and his directing of movies is even better. He is 75 years old and hope he has another 10 years of good movie making in him. Morgan Freeman is a great actor who never seems to receive the recognition he deserves. Tell others to see it because it isn't in the top 10 listing of viewed movies last week. I'm concerned the subject matter is too deep for most people and it will be pulled to make room for some lame-brain movie like Fat Albert.


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