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Million Dollar Baby [HD DVD]

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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.

DVD Features:
Documentaries:Born to Fight
Featurette:Behind the scenes: Producers Round 15
Interviews:Roundtable with Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman hosted by James Lipton ("Inside the Actor's Studio")


Special Features

  • 1080p High Definition 16x9
  • Dolby Digital-Plus English 5.1, Dolby Digital-Plus Francais (Quebec) 5.1
  • James Lipton Takes on Three: 25-minute roundtable with Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, and moderator James Lipton
  • Born to Fight: examines the parallels of the movie to real-life boxer Lucia Rijker
  • Producers Round 15: behind the scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (728 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KJCU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Million Dollar Baby [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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342 of 402 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Appleseed VINE VOICE on December 25, 2004
Hillary Swank (Margaret Fitzgerald), who proved her athleticism in her first major role, The Next Karate Kid, demonstrated it again, pummeling a heavy bag with a power left on which I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end. She's very convincing in this movie - both as a young woman from humble beginnings who wants to make a better life for herself, and as a boxer. In Million Dollar Baby, she returns to the visceral emotional range that left us so deeply moved in Boy's Don't Cry.

Clint Eastwood (Frankie Dunn), who has proved himself repeatedly, has perhaps turned in the best performance of his career. At times irascible, intellectual, mournful, instructive, reflective, passionate - in every manifestation, he reaches you. He was brilliant.

And Morgan Freeman is, well, Morgan Freeman. As the narrator of the story, and an actor within it, he lends a soft-spoken touch that ameliorates some of the film's darker elements. He also lent the film a certain amount of boxing sagacity, as he spoke in non-technical and sometimes quasi-technical terms of the basics of boxing.

This film ain't no Rocky. It has an intelligence and compassion that Rocky (and virtually every boxing film ever made, save perhaps Raging Bull) couldn't think to have. Beyond that, it actually has better fight sequences. More often than in most boxing films - certainly the very poor choreography of the Rocky fight sequences - the punches looked and felt real, or as real as "fake" can make them.

Margaret introduces herself to Frankie after a fight and asks him to train her. He turns her down flat, saying that he doesn't train girls. Given her pluckiness, she appears at his gym the next day, punching a heavy bag with all of the skill, style and fluidity of Pinocchio.
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145 of 190 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on January 9, 2005
Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is "the best cut man in the business' intones the narrator, Morgan Freeman in "Million Dollar Baby." Frankie can clean up a cut in seconds so that a fighter can get back in the ring and at the very least finish the fight and at best, win.

Yet Frankie can't heal the emotional wounds of his life even though he spends 365 days a year at Mass and writes letters to his estranged daughter every day asking for, I assume forgiveness. But the letters come back marked "Return to Sender" and Frankie files them away in a box and his life returns to the needs and wants of his Gym for Boxers and to his best friend, confidant and former fighter, Eddie Dupris (Morgan Freeman).

And then Maggie Fitzgerald walks into Frankie's Gym, pays her Gym dues for six months and asks Frankie every day to train her. And everyday he turns her down: "you're too old, too skinny...and you're a girl," he says.

Until one day she wears him down, he concedes to her wishes and there begins a Cinderella story of fights won, money earned and glory attained. And then it's all taken away.

Eastwood has made some great, even unforgettable films: "The Unforgiven, "Bird" to name a couple. But he has done nothing to match the guts, emotional power and poignancy of "Million Dollar Baby." And Hillary Swank, pretty much floundering after "Boys Don't Cry," is as sunny, thoughtful and real as she's ever been.

There is a scene towards the end of "MDB" between Frankie and Maggie in which Frankie explains the meaning of a Gaelic nickname that he has given Maggie that grabs at your heart and is so beautifully realized that you are galvanized with emotion. It's so real and so true to the tone of the film that you can't help but gasp.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James on April 22, 2015
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If you want to be depressed, go no further. You will watch this movie, waiting for a moment that makes it all worthwhile, that moment will never come. Instead it will sink ever downward into the darkest depths where the end credits will scroll past like the rising bubbles of your last dying breath. I would rather go to a funeral than watch this movie again.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Jones on September 16, 2013
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I'm not generally one who writes negative reviews, but I just had to write this one.

Firstly, while most negative reviews panned Million Dollar Baby for being too dark, it wasn't really that big of a deal for me. I just read The Road by Cormac McCarty (an extremely dark book) and LOVED it. Dark doesn't bother me much.

I was conflicted about whether to give this movie 1 or 2 stars because the beginning and and ending are practically two different movies.

The beginning was stellar. Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman didn't disappoint. There are no explosions or shootouts. Just two good actors standing flatfooted and delivering solid performances. Hillary Swank did a great job with her best scenes being towards the end of the film. The movie was going swimmingly. I didn't expect a Happily Ever After, but what happened at the end of the movie spoiled the entire affair.

**SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!**
**SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!**
**SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!**
**SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!**
**SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!**

Have you ever read a book that was going great and the ending ruined the entire experience for you? That's Million Dollar Baby in a nutshell for me.

What the hell is up with this boxer (Blue Bear) basically going all MMA inside the ring? She ELBOWED her in the face...and got a 1-point deduction? Then she's shown punching Maggie while she's still on the mat.
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