Boxer

The Boxer

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Director: Jim Sheridan

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

     
 

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Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) directed this drama about a Belfast boxer, filmed with Dublin locations substituting for Belfast. Released after his 14-year prison sentence for IRA activities, 32-year-old Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) returns to his old neighborhood and sees former-flame Maggie (Emily Watson), who has an unhappy marriage and now

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Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) directed this drama about a Belfast boxer, filmed with Dublin locations substituting for Belfast. Released after his 14-year prison sentence for IRA activities, 32-year-old Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) returns to his old neighborhood and sees former-flame Maggie (Emily Watson), who has an unhappy marriage and now raises her son alone while her husband is in prison. To get back in the boxing ring, Danny gets the community-center gym back in operation and starts training, encountering opposition from militant IRA members, including Harry (Gerald McSorley). Danny and Maggie grow closer, but after a bomb sets off events leading to the destruction of the gym, Danny leaves for a disastrous boxing match in London. More grim situations arise when he returns to Belfast.

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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:
12/15/1998
UPC:
0096898330336
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios

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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The Boxer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Boxer is the Irish film of the 90's to the present, showing that attempts to redemption are hard to come by. Danny Flynn, played beautifully by Daniel Day-Lewis, is the true boxer fighting for peace and never giving up even as the more radical elements which him to come to his self-destructive activities after a prison stint. The Irish Boyz N' The Hood.
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