Boxer

Boxer

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Director: Jim Sheridan

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox

     
 

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The Boxer appears in an impressive collector's edition that offers an array of interesting features. "Fighting for Peace: Inside the Boxer" provides a worthwhile overview of the production and writer/director Jim Sheridan's thoughts on the project. It runs for 23 minutes and also includes comments from Barry McGuigan, the real-life boxer who was an inspirationSee more details below

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The Boxer appears in an impressive collector's edition that offers an array of interesting features. "Fighting for Peace: Inside the Boxer" provides a worthwhile overview of the production and writer/director Jim Sheridan's thoughts on the project. It runs for 23 minutes and also includes comments from Barry McGuigan, the real-life boxer who was an inspiration for the story. Daniel Day-Lewis and the other actors also discuss their experiences and display an honest and genuine passion for the material. The disc also includes 16 minutes of deleted scenes, which appear with a lesser-quality transfer. They give the characters more depth and make the environment appear even harsher. A one-minute alternate ending also exists and provides a slightly more upbeat conclusion. The remaining supplements include feature-length commentaries from Sheridan and producer Arthur Lappin, production notes, cast and crew biographies, and the original theatrical trailer. The Boxer utilizes a decent 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that nicely conveys the bleak, cold atmosphere. Little grain and few defects exist on the picture. The 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio track is also solid but falls a bit short of the premier level. The dialogue is easily understandable, and the sound effects do spring well from the entire sound field.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Director Jim Sheridan and his frequent writing collaborator Terry George craft this superb drama that examines the personal impact of Ireland's Troubles on one morally conflicted ex-convict. Most of the director's previous works are centered on characters who are their own worst enemies, blind in some significant way to how they have caused their own suffering. Here, the filmmakers have given stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson a pair of worldly wise emotional veterans who are all too keenly aware of the flawed decision-making that led to their downfall. As the story's hero, Danny Flynn, Day-Lewis is one step from defeated, struggling to make a difference by molding the minds and hearts of his neighborhood's children before hateful rhetoric robs them of their futures, and of hope. Ultimately, The Boxer refuses to take the easy way out, becoming a heart-wrenching film about the inevitable failure of redemption in a system of violence. It's a stark, unforgiving, and spare drama, seemingly small on the surface, with things to say that linger, dark and awful, about humanity's tragic acceptance of unthinkable cycles of ruin.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/1998
UPC:
0025192024023
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
1,647

Special Features

Feature commentary with director Jim Sheridon; Feature commentary with producer Arthur Lappin; "Fighting for Peace: Inside the Boxer," an original featurette on the making of the film featuring interviews with director Jim Sheridan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Ciaran Fitzgerald, and boxing consultant Barry McGuigan, plus never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage; Cast and filmmaker bios; Theatrical trailer; Alternate ending; Deleted scenes; Film highlights; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Day-Lewis Danny Flynn
Emily Watson Maggie
Brian Cox Joe Hamill
Ken Stott Ike Weir
Gerard McSorley Harry
Eleanor Methven Patsy
Ciaran Fitzgerald Liam
David McBlain Sean
Damien Denny Eddie Carroll
Clayon Stewart Akim
Kenneth Cranham Matt Maguire

Technical Credits
Jim Sheridan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Fiona Daly Art Director
Richard Earl Art Director
Gavin Friday Score Composer
Terry George Screenwriter
Tommy Gormley Asst. Director
Gerry Hambling Editor
Nye Heron Associate Producer
Kieran Horgan Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Lappin Producer
Barry McGuigan Consultant/advisor
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Nuala Moiselle Casting
Brian Morris Production Designer
Maurice Seezer Score Composer
Alex Steyermark Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Danny Flynn's Out...(Main Titles) [4:43]
2. Mr. Hamill [1:50]
3. Our Prisoner's Wives [:50]
4. The Best Fighter in Ulster [1:57]
5. A Wee Bit of Truth [4:12]
6. The Scrapper Comes Home [1:11]
7. An Approach to the Community Center [2:50]
8. The Deal [3:02]
9. Peace in Ireland [1:30]
10. Odds and Ends [3:04]
11. Talk to Me, Danny... [2:28]
12. The Non-Sectrian Boxing Club [2:41]
13. The Scrapper's Statement [3:28]
14. Safter than West Belfast [3:40]
15. Community Relations [1:32]
16. The Warning Shot [2:56]
17. A Dangerous Woman [2:34]
18. Be with Me [4:39]
19. Coming Back to Life [2:20]
20. The End of the Peace [:49]
21. Liam's Fire [1:16]
22. The Consequences [3:04]
23. I can't Protect Him... [3:00]
24. Walk Away, Danny [3:37]
25. Gone to London [3:51]
26. The Irishman vs. the Nigerian [1:28]
27. You Killed this District... [3:27]
28. Another Death in Belfast [2:09]
29. A Dangerous Game [:30]
30. The Executioners [3:50]
31. We're Going Home... [2:04]
32. End Titles [1:50]
0. Chapter List

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