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Million Dollar Baby (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Okay, Hilary Swank is absolutely amazing in this movie! And, the boxing scenes are very, very good. We cheered and cheered for her.
However, what we didn't know until we had become too invested in the movie to turn it off, is that she ends up taking a cheap shot from a dirty fighter and ends up a quadriplegic on a breathing machine. She wants to be allowed to die. In the end, Clint Eastwood's character does her a favor and disconnects her life support equipment and she dies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can I say about one of Clint Eastwood's best performances ever... This movie is a classic and is well worth anything you pay for it...Published 16 hours ago by Deryl Houser
Saw it a long time ago and just wanted to own it for myself. Great movie.Published 8 days ago by Nancy Weiss
I don't know that I could rate a movie poorly just because I didn't like how it made me feel - as one reviewer did. Read morePublished 16 days ago by GinSing
This movie is the worst movie I ever regret watching! Television commercials hyped the movie for months. They sang the praises of how fantabulous this movie was going to be. Read morePublished 24 days ago by dellgirl