"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.
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