Million Dollar Baby (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual)
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Clint Eastwood's 25th film as a director, Million Dollar Baby stands proudly with Unforgiven and Mystic River as the masterwork of a great American filmmaker. In an age of bloated spectacle and computer-generated effects extravaganzas, Eastwood turns an elegant screenplay by Paul Haggis (adapted from the book Rope Burns: Stories From the Corner by F.X. Toole, a pseudonym for veteran boxing manager Jerry Boyd) into a simple, humanitarian example of classical filmmaking, as deeply felt in its heart-wrenching emotions as it is streamlined in its character-driven storytelling. In the course of developing powerful bonds between "white-trash" Missouri waitress and aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), her grizzled, reluctant trainer Frankie Dunn (Eastwood), and Frankie's best friend and training-gym partner Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris (Morgan Freeman), 74-year-old Eastwood mines gold from each and every character, resulting in stellar work from his well-chosen cast. Containing deep reserves of love, loss, and the universal desire for something better in hard-scrabble lives, Million Dollar Baby emerged, quietly and gracefully, as one of the most acclaimed films of 2004, released just in time to earn an abundance of year-end accolades, all of them well-deserved. --Jeff Shannon
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Clint Eastwood has done a great job in the director's role and also is good as the lead charactor Frankie Dunn. Hillary Swank, as Maggie, who I hadn't seen that much before, turns in an amazing athletic, performance as the female pugilist and I really warmed to her despite not being sure about a film with women boxers in it. But it isn't really about boxing, it's about the two characters and how they develop and grow as their relationship develops. Frankie has a daughter who is estranged for some reason, and Maggie's father died when she was young. So they sort of fill in gaps for each other. Don't get the idea that it's all schmaltzy and sentimental though.
Morgan Freeman narrates and also plays Frankie's partner 'Scrap' and he adds his fantastic presence and voice to the story.
I won't say any more because you have to see the movie unfold to appreciate it, but safe to say there are some big questions to address which you don't see often in a mainstream film. All the characters work well together in this, which is a sign of a good director, and you will be left thinking about the movie after the credits roll.
The storyline is very good, if stretching things a bit far at times? The final fight scene for example, would be lapped up by ‘wrestling fans’ and for me was a bridge too far? Come on Ref,’ grow a pair, kick the cheating bitch out – surely Clint should have been able to take the ‘belt’ into the hospital for her? Oh and by the way, I have reported her mother for fraudulent welfare claims and it serves her right too!
Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole film - it was one of those movies that keeps you engaged throughout, even if you had to smile at times at some of the goings on! Maybe it was a little over sentimental in places, but hay, some enjoy a weepy and clutching the tissues – sorry, I just need to blow my nose!
Yes, the acting was great, though at times I struggled to pick up the dialogue, but as no else has mentioned this, perhaps it’s just me? God damn it, I am a crusty now don't you know!
Any film that grabs you for the whole duration, is action packed, has a good script and a fascinating storyline, coupled with excellent acting and cinematography can only mean one thing – 5 stars! Well done the ‘Man with No Name!’
Maybe one of last Clint's great films, along with Mystic River, the Iwojima double film and Gran Torino.
Swank is excellent as Maggie Fitzgerald, the waitress who is so poor she has to eat her customers leftovers. Boxing is her ticket out of poverty, and Swank plays the role with a balance of naivete and cold determination.
Eastwood is Frankie Dunn, a veteran manager of boxers and owner of a boxing gym. Of course, he is reluctant to train Maggie at first but, as you would expect, he caves in (with some rules, of course). Dunn is a man who has seen it all - enough to know what to expect, and enough to know that regret and glory are both part of boxing.
It is the usual tale of an underdog fighting to the top, but the key is in how the story is told. Characters you sympathise with and cheer for, though are still all too human. Like the best sports films, this is more than just a tale of the sport, it is a tale about people and what they do with their lives. It is about what it means to have a chance at glory, and what it means to fail and have regrets.
Without giving away the ending, I found this a tough but absorbing watch. Even if you have no interest in boxing - I do not care for it as a sport - this is a film well worth your time. That is more than what you can say for other winners of the Best Picture Oscar.
Like his role in Unforgiven, he plays and ambiguous and complex character. Hilary Swank is a bit corny from time to time, but a few moments on the film grab you in the gut, and give you an insight into an extreme attitude to life - the sort of dedication required to be a top class athlete.
I was knocked out - in a good way.
clint eastwood brings compassion and feeling to the movie and swank is in the form of her career,maybe even bettering her performance in boys dont cry,great stuff.