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"I DON'T TRAIN GIRLS", trainer Frankie Dunn growls. But something's different about the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn's gym. All she wants is a fighting chance. Clint Eastwood plays Dunn and directs, produces and composes music for this acclaimed, multi-award-winning tale of heart, hope and family. Hilary Swank plays resilient Maggie, determined not to abandon her one dream. And Morgan Freeman is Scrap, gym caretaker and counterpoint to Dunn's crustiness. Grab your dreams and come out swinging.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.08 Ounces
- Director : Clint Eastwood
- Media Format : AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 2 hours and 12 minutes
- Release date : July 12, 2005
- Actors : Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Albert S. Ruddy, Clint Eastwood, Gary Lucchesi, Paul Haggis, Robert Lorenz
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B0009JVUHY
- Writers : F.X. Toole, Paul Haggis
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,393 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Eastwood plays the curmudgeon which he’s done a lot of late in his career because he does it so well. As Durpis notes in a voice over Maggie was white trash and had absolutely nothing and she knew it. Boxing was the one thing that she had that made her feel like somebody. It’s Dupris who first sees the drive in Maggie and tries helping her out. Dunn on the other hand becomes even more bitter when his prize fighter leaves him for another manager and becomes a champion. The reason was because he was too cautious and treated his fighters like they were his children. That sets up the two themes of the film. One is Maggie’s attempt to become a fighter despite all the odds. The second is Dunn overcoming his trepidations about his fighters.
The movie then moves into the boxing and those are done very well. In fact there’s even some comedy in how Maggie dispatches her foes.
It’s impossible to describe what happens to Maggie without spoiling the movie but it really showed the writing chops of F.X. Toole who did the story and Paul Haggis who wrote the screenplay. It really brings up the relationship between Dunn and Maggie which went far beyond the ring.
There’s a reason why Million Dollar Baby received such praise when it was released. It is an outstanding film with great performances by Eastwood, Swank and Freeman.
As usual, it is done quite well in terms of sets, etc.
But the story ... I really don't know how much to say about the story.
Young woman insists on getting into boxing (women's boxing, apparently) and eventually (of course) our hero goes along.
Well, you can figure the rest out for yourself.
Still, unlike some of these things, this one /is/ more interesting to watch than watching paint dry or grass grow. It is, sadly, very much a downer. If you like films that depress you, this may be right up your alley.
I would recommend this to anyone to think about the things that are happening in each scene and to know that there is more to life than to just go around moping. I wouldn't recommend this for parents to show their children just because there is a lot of dark things and a lot to do with morality and critical thinking that some children just have not developed the skills for. When they get older, it would be better for them to see it.
I just wish the ending had a different outcome... But no spoilers here XD
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The storyline is very good, if stretching things a bit far at times? The final fight scene for example, would be lapped up by ‘wrestling fans’ and for me was a bridge too far? Come on Ref,’ grow a pair, kick the cheating bitch out – surely Clint should have been able to take the ‘belt’ into the hospital for her? Oh and by the way, I have reported her mother for fraudulent welfare claims and it serves her right too!
Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole film - it was one of those movies that keeps you engaged throughout, even if you had to smile at times at some of the goings on! Maybe it was a little over sentimental in places, but hay, some enjoy a weepy and clutching the tissues – sorry, I just need to blow my nose!
Yes, the acting was great, though at times I struggled to pick up the dialogue, but as no else has mentioned this, perhaps it’s just me? God damn it, I am a crusty now don't you know!
Any film that grabs you for the whole duration, is action packed, has a good script and a fascinating storyline, coupled with excellent acting and cinematography can only mean one thing – 5 stars! Well done the ‘Man with No Name!’
Clint Eastwood has done a great job in the director's role and also is good as the lead charactor Frankie Dunn. Hillary Swank, as Maggie, who I hadn't seen that much before, turns in an amazing athletic, performance as the female pugilist and I really warmed to her despite not being sure about a film with women boxers in it. But it isn't really about boxing, it's about the two characters and how they develop and grow as their relationship develops. Frankie has a daughter who is estranged for some reason, and Maggie's father died when she was young. So they sort of fill in gaps for each other. Don't get the idea that it's all schmaltzy and sentimental though.
Morgan Freeman narrates and also plays Frankie's partner 'Scrap' and he adds his fantastic presence and voice to the story.
I won't say any more because you have to see the movie unfold to appreciate it, but safe to say there are some big questions to address which you don't see often in a mainstream film. All the characters work well together in this, which is a sign of a good director, and you will be left thinking about the movie after the credits roll.
Maybe one of last Clint's great films, along with Mystic River, the Iwojima double film and Gran Torino.
Swank is excellent as Maggie Fitzgerald, the waitress who is so poor she has to eat her customers leftovers. Boxing is her ticket out of poverty, and Swank plays the role with a balance of naivete and cold determination.
Eastwood is Frankie Dunn, a veteran manager of boxers and owner of a boxing gym. Of course, he is reluctant to train Maggie at first but, as you would expect, he caves in (with some rules, of course). Dunn is a man who has seen it all - enough to know what to expect, and enough to know that regret and glory are both part of boxing.
It is the usual tale of an underdog fighting to the top, but the key is in how the story is told. Characters you sympathise with and cheer for, though are still all too human. Like the best sports films, this is more than just a tale of the sport, it is a tale about people and what they do with their lives. It is about what it means to have a chance at glory, and what it means to fail and have regrets.
Without giving away the ending, I found this a tough but absorbing watch. Even if you have no interest in boxing - I do not care for it as a sport - this is a film well worth your time. That is more than what you can say for other winners of the Best Picture Oscar.