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Million Dollar Baby (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Hilary Swank , Clint Eastwood  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (618 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Joe D'Angerio, Morgan Eastwood
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (618 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNP1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Million Dollar Baby (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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

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Additional Features

The second DVD of Million Dollar Baby offers just under an hour of bonus material. In the 19-minute "Born to Fight," the cast discusses women boxers. It's fairly routine, except that cast member Lucia Rijker, who played Billie the Blue Bear, is a real-life boxer some of whose experiences mirrored those of Maggie Fitzgerald in the film. There's also 13 minutes of interviews with the film's producers, and a 24-minute roundtable in which James Lipton interviews Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman. All displaying their Oscar statuettes, they discuss Eastwood's directorial style, the craft of acting, and Freeman's dance background. For whatever reason, throughout the bonus features the central issue of the film's final act is briefly acknowledged, but not discussed. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

"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.

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331 of 386 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, believable performances fuel this moving film 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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142 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Stars: Maggie May 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eastwood Masterwork With a Powerful Turn by Swank January 23, 2005
It has been quite a few years since Clint Eastwood was reamed by critics for starring and sometimes directing ultra-violent vigilante action thrillers. What they neglected to acknowledge is that Eastwood has always had a strong sense of story, and age has really sharpened his filmmaking techniques to a deeply resonant emotional level without the need for gimmickry or special effects. Nowhere is his immense talent more evident than in his latest film, which despite marketing that would lead you to believe it's the distaff version of "Rocky", is actually a low-key, patiently paced, three-person drama that takes a surprising turn that lifts the movie into something quite extraordinary. Once you see it, you will have no doubt why it is scooping up so many awards. In fact, the only thing wrong with the movie is the title, which seems almost too comically ironic for such an enriching film.

The basic story is simple, almost corny really. A spunky female fighter from the wrong side of the tracks, Maggie Fitzgerald, wants a grizzled old trainer, Frankie Dunn, to guide her to become a professional boxer. Of course, the trainer owns a third-rate gym with an array of male fighters encompassing all the stereotypes. He also has an aged assistant, Scrap, who is of course, willing to champion Maggie's potential more than Frankie, at least at the beginning. Eastwood, however, belies the predictability and takes his story to a far deeper and more nuanced level than one would presume from this set-up. It turns out that Maggie is pushing 32 and considered over-the-hill for getting into the game. Frankie is estranged from his daughter, reads Yeats, studies Gaelic and goes to Mass every day mostly to annoy the young priest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood fan
I haven't received the DVD as of yet, but saw the movie not long after it came out. It is a great movie. Read more
Published 3 days ago by COLTOJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Classic movie at our house. Love to watch her determination and persistence to reach her goals from the first of the movie to the end. Sad ending, but worth the watch for sure.
Published 11 days ago by Brenda A. Keller
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, good special features
Good movie, decent special features, you cannot go wrong in this decade of Clint Eastwood's career. If you have blue ray buy that one instead, cut down on discs.
Published 14 days ago by D. Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint is what is the man
Best movie ever hands down the ending is kind of bad but oh well just wish it had a better ending
Published 22 days ago by Ranchito13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Clint Eastwood Movie.
It has it all that you want...action, love and a plot twist. If you like Clint Eastwood, you will love this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth Gipson
1.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood Kinda Lost Me
I have a large collection of his works. I got hooked on Eastwood's movies because there was always some sort of humor and no tragic endings. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ordie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Clint Eastwood's best movies
I really loved this movie. Clint was wonderful so was Morgan Freeman.
It was the first time I had seen the girl in a movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cathy Haggerty
4.0 out of 5 stars none
It would have been a five star but the ending was horrible. Not wanting to spoil it for others so will say no more.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Winquist
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
wonderfully portrayed, skillfully executed- this all start cast draws you in to the story of a young woman who only has a dream.
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Daniel Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Eastwood's best
Incredible film, but sad. If you like Clint Eastwood films you must own this one. It's emotional impact is unparalleled. My wife cries every time we watch it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Olson
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