Million Dollar Baby (2004)

 (3,749)8.12 h 12 min2004X-RayPG-13
"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
Clint EastwoodHilary SwankMorgan Freeman
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Jay BaruchelMike ColterLucia RijkerBrian F. O'ByrneAnthony MackieMargo MartindaleRiki LindhomeMichael Peña
Clint EastwoodAlbert S. RuddyTom RosenbergPaul Haggis
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brings out the humanity of the characters who are involved a very brutal sport
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In 2000 the independent film Girl Fight was released about women getting into boxing. In 2004 Clint Eastwood topped that with the big budget Million Dollar Baby which became a huge success. The story focuses upon Hillary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald who wants to become a boxer, Eastwood as Frankie Dunn who first says he refuses to train women but then is won over by Maggie, and Morgan Freeman as Eddie Dupris who runs Dunn’s gym and is also the narrator of the film. What was so effective about the story was that it brought real humanity to the characters in a very brutal sport.

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.
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PrahaladReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Can there be a more beautiful film than this?!
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Can there be a more beautiful film than "Million Dollar Baby"?! Very inspirational, very moving and an excellent rendition of the art of acting and directing. If you haven't watched this movie, please do for your heart will warm, run along to Maggie to chase her dreams and twist and turn along the way. No one could have better performed the cast's respective roles: Hillary Swank with her lovable hillbilly accent, Eastwood with a grim toughness to everything that he comes across and Morgan Freeman with an intense passion in his role as Scrap telling us the tale of one boxer who believed in her dreams and bent hearts and wills when setting about achieving it! Maggie utters some powerful words at the end and if you don't jerk a tear, try hitting your heart with a chisel.
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Paul S. PersonReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Eastwood Does Rocky! Not.
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This is, for me, yet another Eastwood misfire. I hate to be down on a director who has done some really good films, but he has also done some less good films.
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.
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Shelly TReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Must See Movie
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This movie was excellent!!! Amazing actors and actresses. This movie has lots of things that go on in our daily lives where we can relate to some of these moments. It's truly inspiring and sad to know that there are bad people out there in the world, but there are also good people too. The scenery was great with the lighting and sound affects. Very well written and performed!

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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david bythewayReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
youll like this one
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This is a rare film where Eastwood directed and acted in the film.Having studied Martial arts in my youth,I was always interested in boxing movies.Raging Bull,The Rocky series,Cinderella Man.Clint Eastwood plays a trainer,who owns a failing gym,when he notices a Maggie(Hillary Swank) is training in his gym,His long time buddy Scrappy (Morgan Freeman) convinces him to train her to fight,and the rest is a very interesting movie.Whether your a boxing fan or an Eastwood fan,youll like this one.BTW
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John SutherlandReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Million Dollars
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I didn't quite know what to expect from this movie, but there are good reasons why it was awarded academy awards. The ending was, of course, quite thought provoking. The movie was fairly priced and arrived in a timely fashion and in good condition. Couldn't ask for more.
J. ThomasReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie- Million Dollar Baby
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I could watch this movie every day. It is a very emotional journey that you go through alongside this older female boxer and her trainer. The two of them make a very odd pair, which at times is a bit comical to see their interactions. As the story continues their relationship becomes more of a father-daughter relationship. The ending is very sad, and the first time I watched this movie I honestly was surprised by the outcome. Yet, it seemed almost better that way, more real I guess. I would definitely recommend this movie to just about anyone, except maybe kids because of the fighting. But it is definitely not a chick flick, at least it did not seem that way to me. It is emotional because the director does an incredible job of connecting with the characters so much that you begin to find yourself being mad at who they are mad at and laughing at what they laugh at. If you have not seen this movie, just give it a chance. You will not be disappointed.
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RWReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie. Good deal.
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Had never seen this movie. Some slight interest back when it was new but never got to it. My wife had a class and the teacher assigned the class to watch this and write a paper. Better than I expected. Enjoyed it and sorry it took me so long.

Quality was as described. Shipping was fast. No complaints.
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