Million Dollar Baby

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Overview

Frankie Dunn Clint Eastwood is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and has precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager, leaving Frankie high and dry. His best friend and faithful employee Eddie Dupris is a former fighter who Frankie trained. In his last fight, Eddie suffered a severe injury, a fact that brings Frankie great guilt. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald ...
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Overview

Frankie Dunn Clint Eastwood is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and has precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager, leaving Frankie high and dry. His best friend and faithful employee Eddie Dupris is a former fighter who Frankie trained. In his last fight, Eddie suffered a severe injury, a fact that brings Frankie great guilt. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald Hilary Swank enters Frankie's life, as well as his gym, and announces she needs a trainer. Frankie regards her as a dubious prospect, and isn't afraid to tell her why: he doesn't think much of women boxing, she's too old at 31, she lacks experience, and has no technique. However, Maggie sees boxing as the one part of her life that gives her meaning and won't give up easily. Finally won over by her determination, Frankie takes on Maggie, and as she slowly grows into a viable fighter, an emotional bond develops between them. When a tragedy befalls one of the three characters, each comes to a decision that shows how the relationships in the film have changed them. Adapted from a short story by F.X. Toole, a former corner man with years of experience in the fight game, Million Dollar Baby also stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie, and Mike Colter.
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Special Features

Two all-new special features take you inside the ring with the filmmakers and cast:; Million Dollar Baby: On the Ropes - like Hilary Swank's relentless boxer, Million Dolar Baby had to fight for its life.; Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Swank reveal how this uncompromising story overcame incredible odds to become a milestone in cinema history; Commentary by producer Albert Ruddy; Plus James Lipton Takes on Three; Born to Fight; Producers Round 15; And more!
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The Academy Award winner for Best Picture of 2004 represents yet another triumph for Clint Eastwood, the former western star who has become one of Hollywood’s most talented and celebrated filmmakers. We can’t really do justice to Million Dollar Baby with a brief synopsis because, frankly, on paper it doesn’t seem particularly unique or innovative. Eastwood plays the grizzled owner of a rundown gym and the trainer of an up-and-coming boxer who has just abandoned him in favor of more aggressive management. Along comes Hilary Swank, a trailer-trash waitress determined to become a fighter. She hasn’t got a thing going for her except a burning desire, but that’s enough to make Clint believe the girl might be worth handling. You might think this has the making of a fairly routine rags-to-riches story, and to an extent you’d be right. But Eastwood the director -- prompted, of course, by Paul Haggis' superb script adapted from F. X. Toole’s short-story collection Rope Burns -- throws his viewers a surprise roundhouse punch in the movie’s second half, turning a seemingly predictable ring yarn into an intensely gripping drama. The carefully limned relationship between this gravel-voiced old trainer and his hardworking protégée carries the story over some pretty rugged, melodramatic terrain, but it remains firmly rooted in the expertly crafted characterizations of Eastwood, Swank, and Morgan Freeman quietly effective as a washed-up fighter who toils in the gym. The dialogue is terse, and hardly a line is spoken that isn’t necessary. Eastwood’s lean and unpretentious direction advances the story without calling attention to its improbabilities; he richly deserves the additional Oscar he won for wielding the megaphone. The same can be said of Swank, whose own modest upbringing informed her portrayal of the ambitious young wannabe who chooses a sweaty old gymnasium to home and hearth because she wants nothing as much as success in the ring. Very much deserving of all the honors heaped upon it, Million Dollar Baby is one of those rare movies that will crawl inside your head and burrow its way into your memory.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The best decision made by director Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby is to allow Clint Eastwood the performer to drop his screen persona and actually act. As the weathered boxing trainer Frankie Dunn, Eastwood does not seem larger than life, he seems beaten down by it. His banter with Morgan Freeman, as a boxer he used to train, occasionally plays like a brilliantly written Seinfeld episode featuring senior citizens. But often those conversations suddenly hint at great pain and regret, adding an unexpected gravity. Hilary Swank provides the necessary drive and spunk to make the audience believe she would eventually win the emotionally closed-off Frankie over. The first half of the film, an excellently observed boxing drama, allows the audience to meet the characters and understand where they are in their lives. However, a big event happens (one that would be inappropriate to reveal in this review) and the second half of the film becomes an old-fashioned melodrama. Eastwood's directorial style can be described as low-key, even when the emotions in the film are practically operatic. This decision will either draw audiences in to the characters' struggles, or it will distance viewers who feel the film is not allowing them to feel the emotions as fully as possible. At worst, people will be interested in rather than involved with the characters, but those who respond to Eastwood's style will probably be emotionally devastated. What one is left with is a memory of Eastwood's face, that leathery mask of taciturn male pride, cracking with the recognition of where his own life choices have left him. He has directed better films, but he has never given a better performance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2014
  • UPC: 883929387502
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 32,661

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Frankie Dunn
Hilary Swank Maggie Fitzgerald
Morgan Freeman Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
Anthony Mackie Shawrelle Berry
Jay Baruchel Danger Barch
Mike Colter Big Willie Little
Lucia Rijker Billie "The Blue Bear"
Brian F. O'Byrne Father Horvak
Margo Martindale Earline Fitzgerald
Riki Lindhome Mardell Fitzgerald
Bruce Forman Guitarist
Michael Peña Omar
Benito Martinez Billie's Manager
Bruce MacVittie Mickey Mack
Dave A. Powledge Counterman at Diner
Joe D'Angerio Cut Man
Mark Chait J.D. Fitzgerald
Tom McCleister Lawyer
Erica Grant Nurse
Naveen Pakistani
Morgan Eastwood Little Girl in Truck
Jamison Yang Paramedic
Dean Familton Ref #1
Dr. Louis Moret Ref #2
V.J. Foster Ref #3
Jon D. Scholore II Ref #4
Marty Sammon Ref #5
Steven M. Porter Ref #6
Ray Corona Ref #7
Ming Lo Rehab Doctor
Miguel Perez Restaurant Owner
Jim Cantafio Ring Doctor #1
Ted Grossman Ring Doctor #2
Ned Eisenberg Sally Mendoza
Marco Rodriguez Second (at Vegas Fight)
Roy Nugent Fan in Vegas
Don Familton Ring Announcer
Mark Thomason Radio Commentator
Brian Finney Irish Fan #1
Spice Williams Irish Fan #2
Kim Strauss Irish Fan #3
Rob Maron Irish Fan #4
Kirsten Berman Irish Fan #5
Susan Krebs Rehab Nurse
Sunshine Chantal Parkman Rehab Nurse #2
Kim Dannenberg Rehab Nurse #3
Eddie Bates Rehab Resident
Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director, Score Composer, Producer
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Joel Cox Editor
Paul Haggis Producer, Screenwriter
Deborah Hopper Costumes/Costume Designer
Phyllis Huffman Casting
Gary A. Lee Set Decoration/Design
Robert Lorenz Asst. Director, Executive Producer
Gary Lucchesi Executive Producer
Walt Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Bobby Moresco Co-producer
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. Set Decoration/Design
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Albert S. Ruddy Producer
Tom Stern Cinematographer
Jack G. Taylor Jr. Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    What was so titillating about this film? I didn't see the larger thematic consequences as others do. What was the point of going to the priest anyway?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing movie--worth watching over and over again!

    I love this movie--it is probably in my top 5 favorite movies, because the acting is so real, the story humanizes human stuggle and makes me appreciate all that I have, and the ending, although sad, makes the story more real than a more happliy-ever-after ending could. This is a must-see movie that will push you to accomplish your dreams! Awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie was amazing

    I thought that this movie was awesome! Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman are all outstanding in their roles. The writing in this movie is also fantastic! I absolutely loved it. Although it does get very sad at the end, I do agree with Maggie's choice and I think that Frankie was so brave to do what he did for her. You will cry, but this movie is outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is Amazing.....ly BAD

    Hi. My dad bought this movie in December. The beginning + middle of the movie was good. But the ending was BAD!!! Yes I will be talking about it. And I don't care if you people haven't seen this movie. Hilary Swank's character Maggie gets paralyzed in a big fight. At first, you think, FINALLY! A boxing match where the hero actually loses! But it gets bad. After a while, Maggie tells Eastwood's character Frankie that she lived a full life. And she should end it now. At first, he refuses. But then she tries to kill herself. So he finally gives in. This is my opinion, but I think Maggie was SELFISH. It's the truth. She could've been a crusader in her life helping others instead of feeling sorry for herself like Chris Reeve or Joni Earakson Tada. And also another reason I say she's selfish cause she didn't think how her death would affect others. Frankie's heart was completly broken and all she thougt was herself. I know how that feels. I was suicidal at one point in my life and I wasn't thinking about my parents. The second time I watched this, I completly skipped the ending. PLEASE PEOPLE OF AMERICA, DON'T BUY INTO THIS CRUMB! That's all I have to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Movie of Startling Brilliance

    This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The performances from Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman just may be the stuff that dreams are made of. The stunning cinematography surrounds the story, and makes it true. This is a movie masterpiece to remember always. This is a pitch-perfect example of Clint Eastwood's genius, and why he is still, and will always be a legend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Won't Easily Forget It

    MILLION DOLLAR BABY is an excellent movie about women's professional boxing.Clint Eastwood plays the part of Frankie Dunn,an embittered veteran trainer and manager of male boxers.His friend and helper is an ex-boxer named Scrap,played by Morgan Freeman.Frankie carries a deep sense of guilt for allowing Scrap to fight too long and receive a severe injury as a result - even though Scrap assumes full responsibility for the injury.Still,Frankie can't seem to forgive himself.One day a young and hungry woman named Maggie walks into Frankie's gym expressing a burning desire to become a pro fighter.Reluctant at first,Frankie finally agrees to train her because of her persistence.Frankie is also estranged from his daughter and there is a strong hint that he sees some possible redemption in helping Maggie who is played by Hilary Swank.The rest of the plot centers on Maggie's blossoming career and her developing relationships with Scrap and especially Frankie.The ending is controversial and there are some politically incorrect moments which help to make the film more interesting and realistic.The cast also includes Jay Baruchel,Mike Colter,Brian F.O'Byrne and Riki Lindhome. Oscars were won by Clint Eastwood for Direction,Morgan Freeman for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Hilary Swank for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.In addition,Eastwood was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading role.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exellent.

    Great movie. Hillary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman. All terrific. This is unlike any boxing movie. See it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Very Good.

    Before seeing it, I wanted so much to hate "Million Dollar Baby"- "Mystic River" was completely overrated so I was skeptical about another movie directed by Clint Eastwood, I loved Annette Bening in "Being Julia" and could not believe she lost the Best Actress Oscar again, and I couldn't help but wonder if Morgan Freeman only won the Oscar because of his age. But even I couldn't help but enjoy this film, and I must admit it is very good. The only reason I don't say that it's great is because of the beginning- the first 30 minutes are really boring (Be Warned!) but stick with it because everything after that is compelling and fantastic. The movie has a dark style to it that is absolutely beautiful. The movie is dark (even slightly bleak) from beginning to end, and so a tragic ending is not lazy or depressing, but rather remains true to form and is very beautiful and even artistic. As for the Oscar wins, Freeman deserves his, Eastwood deserves his directing Oscar and was worthy of a Best Actor one, and the film was by far the Best Picture out of the films nominated. Although Hilary Swank is a good actress, I still think Annette Bening should have won the Best Actress Oscar. Swank's character didn't even require much acting, and where Bening is the one and only choice for Julia Lambert, there are dozens of actresses who could have played Maggie Fitzgerald.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deserves 4 1/2 instead

    Million Dollar Baby is one the best films of 2004. This movie stars Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman with director Clint Eastwood. This movie is about a poor woman who gets a chance to by becoming a female boxer. This movie is not a feminist movie (thank god) but more like drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS VERY GOOD

    When I went and saw this movie in theaters I actually fell asleep it was so boring! Nothing really happens in this movie, but I did like Morgan Freeman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Uplifting and the BEST PICTURE OF 2004!!

    This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It was uplifting and although sad at the end, it was heartfelt and meaningful. It is a MUCH better movie than 'The Aviator' which almost put me to sleep. This is a wonderful movie that I reccomend to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yep, this hit the mark

    After Eastwood's disappointing last movie Mystic River, I had reservations about seeing Million Dollar Baby. But I've changed my mind since giving this movie a spin. It's a great movie, superb performances all around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Thank You!

    This movie was a huge dissapointment. I thought this movie was going to leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling in the end-it didnt-it was just depressing. The ending sucked. Hilary Swanks was awesome in the movie but the fighters family was awful and she worked so hard to get ahead and be a winner and THAT was the ending! No Thank You! I wouldn't suggest this movie to anyone who wants to see an uplifting movie, it had its moments of triumphs but in the end it was just sad & depressing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DISAPPOINTING

    I thought "Mystic River" was way overrated and honestly expected this movie would be better. I was frankly bored for the first hour. The actors are all excellent but there just isn't that interesting a story here. The last 45 minutes were better. "Aviator" is three hours long and I wasn't bored for a minute. That should have won best picture and director. Martin Scorsese got robbed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overrated

    Okay, before you get too upset, I do think this was a good movie. For some reason, though, Hollywood is absolutely in love with Clint Eastwood, and his movies are often a bit overrated. This movie is yet another example. And I say this for one reason and one reason only, the ending, twist, whatever you want to call it, is just an example of lazy storytelling. 75% of this movie was great: good characters, good dialogue, good story. And then...well, I won't spoil anything, but the movie just takes a turn for the tragic worse. Tragedy for tragedy's sake is just lazy storytelling if you ask me. I'm all for adding to the drama, but when it's so arbitrary and you learn nothing new about the characters involved because of the tragedy, I think it's just a cheap attempt at a tug at the heartstrings, and this movie didn't need that. I was already moved by what had happened before: the relationships, the story, the people. Anyway, it's hard not to recommend the movie based on the first 75% of it. Just be prepared for two totally different movies when you go. As a whole, it's just plain overrated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE

    I SAW THIS MOVIE EXPECTING TO SEE A MOVIE ABOUT BOXING AND WAS MORE THAN A LITTLE SKEPTICAL ABOUT HOW GOOD IT WOULD BE. BUT IT SURPRISED ME ALOT BY BEING ABOUT A BOXER NOT BOXING. IT WAS SMART, FUNNY, SAD, WITTY, AND INSPIRATIONAL. I THINK I DESERVES ALL THE PRAISE IT CAN GET. I WILL WATCH IT OVER AND OVER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overhyped, Overrated, Overseen

    Going in to see this movie for the first time, I was expected to be blown away. After all, it was one of the biggest critical successes in a long while. That many people can't be wrong, right? That's what I thought, and boy was I wrong. What I saw was nothing more than the typical Eastwood formula: starts out light, becomes inspiring, ends up dark and disturbing. It was a good enough movie to make the ticket price worth it. But then it started winning all sorts of awards, high profile awards no less. It eventually went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture, a title that is supposed to go to the best film of the year. The Academy did nothing more than give an aging legend recognition for a substandard "great" movie that somehow struck a nerve throughout the film community. This was the most overrated movie of 2004, just as "Chicago" was in 2002. Whenever Eastwood shows up at the Oscars, he has a good chance of winning, just because every Oscar voter is like him: old and living on the west coast. Don't get me wrong, this is a good movie, but nowhere near the Best Picture title that has been so carelessly bestowed upon it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Personal Drama Packs A Punch

    I highly recommend Clint Eastwood's stirring personal drama. The performances of Hillary Swank, Morgan Freeman , and Clint Eastwood are sometimes hilarious and sometimes deeply moving. No other movie nominated this year touched me like this movie. In a year overwhelmed by CGI tricks and blurred film cuts, Million Dollar Baby tells a simple story well, without modern film gimmicks. The fight scenes are gritty and compelling. Bravo Clint Eastwood !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stuck In My Head

    Since I saw this movie in the theaters I've gone back and forth on what I thought about it for some time. what I am sure of is that I have not been able to forget it so that must be worth something (I have to reserve my 5 star rating for Cinderella Man) which is why I gave it 4 stars. So there it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good, but not the Best Picture of 2004

    Going into this movie, I was expecting to be shattered by an emotional experience that does not happen very often in the world of film. What I saw was a funny, somewhat dramatic movie that was little more than a good night at the movies. The critcs saw it differently. They said it was the best movie of the year. Sure, critics say that about a lot of movies, but this one seemed like a unanimous decision. It eventually went on to beat "The Aviator" at the Oscars for the Best Picture trophy. I was outraged. The Oscars tried to disprove the notion that they only award epics with little story, but they couldn't have chosen a worse movie to do it with. Not that this is a bad movie, it just does not deserve the title that was bestoed upon it. Sure, I'll still buy the DVD (which looks great), but only because it won Best Picture. Think what you will, but this just wasn't a contender.

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