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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frankie Dunn
... Maggie Fitzgerald
... Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
... Danger Barch
... Big Willie Little
Lucia Rijker ... Billie 'The Blue Bear'
... Father Horvak (as Brían O'Byrne)
... Shawrelle Berry
... Earline Fitzgerald
... Mardell Fitzgerald
... Omar
... Billie's Manager
... Mickey Mack
David Powledge ... Counterman at Diner
... 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.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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28 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rope Burns  »

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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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At age 74, Clint Eastwood became the oldest Best Director Oscar winner for this movie. See more »

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Patients who are mentally competent and have the ability to communicate, have the right to refuse treatment, AKA "pull the plug". The entire late movie plot involving Maggie talking Frankie into performing euthanasia shows a complete lack of understanding of patient's rights. Maggie merely needed to tell her doctors to stop all life prolonging treatment. See more »

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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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The Warner Brothers logo is the classic shield version, shown in a color palette (mainly black and white, with a dark green tint) matching the "feel" of the movie, and is static instead of the modern 3D animated sequence. See more »

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Boxing Baby
Written by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
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Sure to be a contender for the Academy's Best Picture of the Year
16 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Saw "Million Dollar Baby" in Manhattan last night. Clint Eastwood, one of the all-time most famous actors -- and directors -- has more than enough money where he could choose to pull the strings on block-buster, mindless action pictures, ala Jerry Bruckheimer, or comic books. Or, hell, in his twilight years he could just lay back and enjoy his millions. But no. He has chosen instead to make quieter, lower-budget, heart-felt, character driven films like "The Unforgiven" "True Crime" "Mystic River" and now Million Dollar Baby. And the world is a better place for it. Eastwood uses his multiple talents to make films that have something valuable to say. In the emotionally powerful, Million Dollar Baby, he tells an allegorical tale of boxing to subtly express themes of hope, redemption, sacrifice, persistence, and belief in one's self. The movie emphasizes that failure is a more honorable and personally fulfilling trait than never having tried, while also frowning upon laziness and leeching off others. But see the movie and judge for yourself. I personally consider great films as the ones where I leave the theater with a better understanding of human nature, or a desire to improve the world by even a little bit. Eastwood's latest more than succeeds on those counts.


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