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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 28 January 2005 (USA)
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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 64 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

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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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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Both Albert S. Ruddy and Clint Eastwood produced this film. The last time Albert S. Ruddy won best picture was for The Godfather (1972). Coincidentally, Clint Eastwood was the one who presented the best picture category the year The Godfather won. See more »

Goofs

During Maggie's first fight, the manager takes her mouthpiece and rinses it but never gives it back to her. 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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Crazy Credits

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Spoofed in Twenty Dollar Baby (2005) See more »

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Solferino
Written by Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens and David Potaux-Razel
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Swank gives the performance of a lifetime!
15 April 2011 | by ezlidblue-1See all my reviews

I didn't view this film until today because I simply wasn't interested in women in boxing; however, I wish I'd seen it years ago! Hillary Swank can never make another film and this one would be her crowning glory. It takes you on a wild ride of emotions from the beginning and Clint Eastwood's curmudgeon self is part of it all. Naturally, the "voice of God" in Morgan Freeman is there to explain it all and give some meaning to what each of the characters fell. By now, everyone knows the ending but I still won't spoil it for late-comers to the film like myself. I do believe much has been made about it and it's unnecessary. Yes, you will be torn about what is morally right but you can certainly understand how Eastwood's and Swank's characters feel! Please see this film. You will understand pugilism more than ever before and you just might see some of your own self in the film! It is well worth the time!


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