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Million Dollar Baby (2004) 2004 PG-13 CC

"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.

Starring:
Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank
Runtime:
2 hours, 12 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Adventure, Action
Director Clint Eastwood
Starring Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank
Supporting actors Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Lucia Rijker, Brian F. O'Byrne, Anthony Mackie, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome, Michael Peña
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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Hey FORGET ABOUT US DEAF PEOPLE (NO CLOSED CAPTIONS) IF WE COULD FIND A ZERO WE WOULD HAVE USED IT
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A Kid's Review on February 14, 2005
I wish I could give this movie 10 stars! The acting was suoerb, the story was fantastic and the end was a suprise. this has been one of the best films I've ever seen I am so happy I chose to see this over The Boogeyman. this is what all should be judeged by.
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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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