The Boxer

The Boxer

Jim Sheridan (1997)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A knock-out performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is the highlight of this admirable if rather conventional drama. He plays a former IRA man who returns to his former profession of boxing after 14 years in prison and establishes a gym, giving local delinquents the chance to pummel their way to a better life. Directed and co-written by Jim Sheridan, it feels sweatily authentic and there are strong supporting performances from Brian Cox as an IRA leader who is willing to consider peace as an option, and Emily Watson as Day-Lewis's married love interest, who also happens to be Cox's daughter.


A former IRA member angers the organisation's hierarchy by resuming his old life as a boxer, opening a gym for both sides of the religious divide. Things are complicated further by the reappearance of his first love - now married to his best friend, but still harbouring strong feelings for him. Drama, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott and Ciaran Fitzgerald.

Cast & Crew

Danny Flynn Daniel Day-Lewis
Maggie Emily Watson
Joe Hamill Brian Cox (1)
Ike Weir Ken Stott
Harry Gerard McSorley
Patsy Eleanor Methven
Liam Ciaran Fitzgerald
Sean David McBlain
Bride Lorraine Pilkington
Director Jim Sheridan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: John BeltsGuidance: Contains swearing and violence. Available on: video and DVD