Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
|Release Date||:||December 14, 2004|
|Production Company||:||Lakeshore Entertainment, Malpaso Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Warner Bros., Albert S. Ruddy Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Clint Eastwood, Donald Murphy, Robert Lorenz, Mable Lawson-McCrary|
|Writers||:||Paul Haggis, F.X. Toole|
|Casts||:||Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Lucia Rijker, Brían F. O'Byrne, Anthony Mackie, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome, Michael Peña, Benito Martinez, Bruce MacVittie, David Powledge, Joe D'Angerio, Marcus Chait, Tom McCleister, Erica Grant, Naveen, Morgan Eastwood, Jamison Yang, Susan Krebs, V.J. Foster, Steven M. Porter, Ming Lo, Miguel Pérez, Jim Cantafio, Ted Grossman, Ned Eisenberg, Marco Rodríguez, Mark Thomason, Brian T. Finney, Spice Williams-Crosby, Kim Strauss, Kirsten Berman, Jimmy Alioto, Jason Williams, Nina Avetisova, Michael Bentt, Bruce Gerard Brown, McKay Stewart, Jude Ciccolella, Kimberly Estrada, Sean LoGrasso, Maher McClung, Robert McMurrer, Michael Saglimbeni, Sean O'Kane, Vladimir Rajcic|
|Plot Keywords||:||transporter, suicide attempt, strong woman, boxer, dying and death, stroke of fate, advancement, sport, sports training, boxing trainer, female lead, determination|
Million Dollar Baby is a movie about boxing like Braveheart is a movie about men in kilts riding horses. What it is is a movie to experience if you find yourself ever entertaining thoughts about loyalty, determination, talent, no talent, age, youth, courage, fear, fate, and the pain and joy of both living and dying.
I read reviews of Million Dollar Baby and expected to like it. Roger Ebert can be soft on movies because he is plainly a big fan, but even he does not lightly toss around the M-word, masterpiece. Yet he drops it on MDB, and justly so. The story is simple and searing. A gal (Hilary Swank) with much heart and no experience aspires to be the champion of the world. She is Rocky in a sports bra. A grizzled fight trainer-manager/gym owner (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes her on. His best pal and wise-man assistant (Morgan Freemna) stands alongside them, as the plot unwinds steadily, seamlessly, picking up speed, scene by scene, act after act. Eastwood and Freeman are artists at the top of their profession and they, along with the brilliant Swank, present you the very worthy lives of three people you will care about and remember. The arena is boxing, but it might as well have been boating or baking. It is a story about values and truths that far exceed sports and movies. I walked into the Lowes Lincoln Square theater last night knowing Million Dollar Baby was taking me on a ride and willing to hop aboard. What a beautiful, memorable ride it was.