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Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood (2004)

127min
12 Certificate
Friday 3:45pm - 6pm Sky Cinema Select
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For those who thought Unforgiven was the masterpiece of Clint Eastwood's autumn years, this sharp, moving and brutally bleak drama proves that he can bring the same grizzled genius to the sports arena. Adapted from Rope Burns, a book of short stories by FX Toole, it stars Eastwood as Frankie Dunn, a washed-up boxing coach whose fighters abandon him as soon as they hit the big time. Dumped by his latest slugger, Dunn reluctantly turns his attentions to Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), a 31-year-old waitress who turns up at his gym begging for lessons. Dunn tutors Maggie to success, but then this otherwise standard underdog story takes a shocking turn in its final third that gives the movie an unexpected depth and immense power. Morgan Freeman is impressive as Dunn's crumpled sidekick, and Oscar winner Swank is terrific, too, but this is Clint's film, both as its tortured hero and as a great American director.

Summary

A down-on-his-luck boxing coach nurses a grudge because his best fighter has abandoned him for the big time. When a 31-year-old waitress turns up asking him to train her, he refuses outright. However, her persistence wins him round and the pair go on to form a strong professional partnership and successful career. Oscar-winning drama, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Anthony Mackie.

Cast & Crew

Frankie Dunn Clint Eastwood
Maggie Fitzgerald Hilary Swank
Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris Morgan Freeman
Shawrelle Berry Anthony Mackie
Danger Barch Jay Baruchel
Big Willie Little Mike Colter
Billie "The Blue Bear" Lucia Rijker
Father Horvak Brian O'Byrne
Earline Fitzgerald Margo Martindale
Mardell Fitzgerald Riki Lindhome
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Some violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 14 Jan 2005

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