MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Theatrical Release USA 2004)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Starsìììì

Million Dollar Baby
deserves every accolade it receives. Unlike the tastelessness that plagues the boxing movie, Grudge Match, this boxing film completely inspires. The casting choices of Morgan Freeman with Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank create a partnership that make the movie into one of the best boxing movies to date, standing with Cinderella Man in its depiction of will power and determination to rise and win in life.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), a 31-year-old female, desires to rise from abject poverty and has little to choose from to make that happen. She picks boxing as her ticket to a better life, walks into a boxing gym and, on her own, with no knowledge of the sport, starts to punch away at the punching bag hanging in the corner of the gym. Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris (Morgan Freeman) mentions her desire to train to Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), the man who runs the gym, but he only wants to train men. Due to Maggie Fitzgerald’s persistence, he finally, unwillingly, decides to help her with a few pointers until he can find a trainer for her. But, after Maggie becomes re-assigned to Frankie for training, she proves to be a winner with tireless ability. The show is on as Frankie and Maggie work their way up the boxing circuit.

Additional Thanks

Best work for Director and Producer Clint Eastwood. Thank you to Executive Producers Robert Lorenz and Gary Lucchesi for making the film possible. Excellent work by Screenplay Writer Paul Haggis. Additional character/cast include: Danger Barch (Jay Baruchel), Big Willie Little (Mike Colter), Billie the Blue Bear (Lucia Rijker), Father Horvak (Brian F. O’Byrne), Shawrelle Berry (Anthony Mackie), Earline Fitzgerald (Margo Martindale), Mardell Fitzgerald (Riki Lindhome), and Omar (Michael Peña).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film is terrific entertainment with a conclusion that causes deep reflection.

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