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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 28 January 2005 (USA)
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

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Storyline

Wanting to learn from the best, aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald wants Frankie Dunn to train her. At the outset he flatly refuses saying he has no interest in training a girl. Frankie leads a lonely existence, alienated from his only daughter and having few friends. Maggie's rough around the edges but shows a lot of grit in the ring and he eventually relents. Maggie not only proves to be the boxer he always dreamed of having under his wing but a friend who fills the great void he's had in his life. Maggie's career skyrockets but an accident in the ring leads her to ask Frankie for one last favor. Written by garykmcd

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Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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28 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$179,953 (USA) (19 December 2004)

Gross:

$100,492,203 (USA)
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Trivia

Boxing and kick-boxing champion Lucia Rijker, who also plays the part of Billie "The Blue Bear" in the film, was Hilary Swank's boxing coach. See more »

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Patients who are mentally competent and have the ability to communicate, have the right to refuse treatment, AKA "pull the plug". The entire late movie plot involving Maggie talking Frankie into performing euthanasia shows a complete lack of understanding of patient's rights. Maggie merely needed to tell her doctors to stop all life prolonging treatment. See more »

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Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris: [Narrating] Only ever met one man I wouldn't wanna fight. When I met him he was already the best cut man in the business. Started training and managing in the sixties, but never lost his gift.
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The Warner Brothers logo is the classic shield version, shown in a color palette (mainly black and white, with a dark green tint) matching the "feel" of the movie, and is static instead of the modern 3D animated sequence. See more »

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Written by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
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21 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this last night in LA without much knowing what to expect. Hadn't read many reviews...only knew I liked the work of the three main stars. Swank carries the film and is at her absolute best. The last 45 minutes are some of the most powerful film-making I can remember. Eastwood is also in top form but allows Swank's performance to trump his own. Freeman is outstanding and might have done enough to earn a Best Supporting Actor nomination. This is so much more than a boxing movie, but it's right there with "Raging Bull" and "Rocky". I saw "The Aviator" two days ago and enjoyed "MDB" more.

However, the film is not without fault...Eastwood has a tendency to allow scenes to go on too long and to fill them with too much dead air. The dialogue at times appears a little too ad-libbed. There are some minor logical inconsistencies. But the positives far outweigh the negatives.


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