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Million Dollar Baby [DVD] [2005]


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  • Actors: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Paul Haggis, F.X. Toole
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Gary Lucchesi, Paul Haggis, Robert Lorenz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007MAPTW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,299 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award-winning drama directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Frankie Dunn (Eastwood), a down-on-his-luck former boxing manager, runs a small gym in downtown Los Angeles. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) enters Frankie's gym and announces she needs a trainer. Frankie doesn't think much of women boxing and Maggie lacks experience and has no technique. However, she sees boxing as her one chance at a better life and won't give up easily

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Clint Eastwood's 25th film as a director, Million Dollar Baby stands proudly with Unforgiven and Mystic River as the masterwork of a great American filmmaker. In an age of bloated spectacle and computer-generated effects extravaganzas, Eastwood turns an elegant screenplay by Paul Haggis (adapted from the book Rope Burns: Stories From the Corner by F.X. Toole, a pseudonym for veteran boxing manager Jerry Boyd) into a simple, humanitarian example of classical filmmaking, as deeply felt in its heart-wrenching emotions as it is streamlined in its character-driven storytelling. In the course of developing powerful bonds between "white-trash" Missouri waitress and aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), her grizzled, reluctant trainer Frankie Dunn (Eastwood), and Frankie's best friend and training-gym partner Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris (Morgan Freeman), 74-year-old Eastwood mines gold from each and every character, resulting in stellar work from his well-chosen cast. Containing deep reserves of love, loss, and the universal desire for something better in hard-scrabble lives, Million Dollar Baby emerged, quietly and gracefully, as one of the most acclaimed films of 2004, released just in time to earn an abundance of year-end accolades, all of them well-deserved. --Jeff Shannon

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K-Pax on 10 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
Clint Eastwood has directed by far his best film to date. Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank and Eastwood are all convincing in their respective parts and the initial plot is fairly predictable but enjoyable enough to keep you interested. What is intriguing is the character development of all three as the film develops and the interplay between these actors. There is enough dry humour throughout but the film comes into its own when a twist is introduced and we really see the real character's emerge and having to deal with their demons. At this point, I was overcome emotionally several times as the film began to wind towards its conclusion. It is powerful stuff but doesn't tread too far in becoming too convoluted a story and deserved all the accolades it reaped.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Inspired One on 11 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
I have only recently viewed this film and two days on, I am still deeply affected and moved by the story. That surely is the sign of a great film maker (Eastwood) and script.

The story begins as a typical yarn about a young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who has a dream, a relentless determination and self-belief to make something of herself through boxing. She persuades the grizzly trainer played by Clint Eastward to take her on and Morgan Freeman narrates with his hallmark understated, commanding tones.

The film knocks the wind out of you when it takes a turn that is completely unexpected and leaves you numbed with shock as the tragic events unfurl.

The performances by all the lead characters are superb and the film's impact will stay with you for a long time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 24 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
Hilary Swank was the star of this film. Her acting was fantastic, as she seemed to judge every aspect of her performance perfectly. Additionally you couldn't help but feel for her, as you got little insights into her poverty but also, her characters determination. Morgan Freeman also gave an excellent performance. Clint Eastwood was strong but I found at times his character was a little predictable and not as appealing. However, one of the most interesting aspects was Eastwood's relationship with his daughter and Swank's relationship with her own family. There was the feeling that each of the two main characters fulfilled a role that had long been absent, although this wasn't "corny" whatsoever :O) Merely touching. The ease and rapport between Swank and Eastwood also made them absolutely believable as characters and 'partners'.
The film wasn't what I expected at all, but I found it very fulfilling. At the end it was quite haunting, not least because of the twists towards the end. It was steady as well, not lingering for longer than necessary on details but telling the story well. The other chracters in the film also demanded sympathy and revulsion, but all were interesting and relevent characters in the story.
The ending was haunting but incredibly poignant. This film was impressive, excellently crafted and definately worthwhile seeing, not least for the excellent performances of the cast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By salemskye.com on 17 July 2005
Format: DVD
Having just this minute finished watching this film, I have rushed upstairs to review this remarkable film. I really though Eastwood as a director would never surpass the job he did on Bridges of Madison County, turning a middle age housewife's novella into a engaging and beautiful film, but he has surpassed this. Million Dollar Baby really encompasses you completely and manages to break your heart, before it finishes. Swank deserved the Oscar like no woman before her, and I am thinking here of Theron and Berry who are mere featherweights in comparison. Eastwood has a golden touch, on picking stories, in picking his cast, in the direction, the cinematography, and most of all making a picture to grab you mind body and soul. Thank you for this film, particularly in the world today which seems filled with mediocrity.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Donald Thompson VINE VOICE on 4 Nov 2005
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This was a multi Oscar winning movie, so I expected empty headed Hollywood glitz and show. Boy was I wrong. This movie is a treat. From the spoken opening by the ever reliable Morgan Freeman to the closing shot which may or may not be Clint Eastwood, it is bold, brave, unpredictable and wholly satisfying. What if it is about boxing, and female boxing at that? That is not the core of this film. Its all about relationships, redemption and revelation. Clint finally plays his age and it suits his looks. Worn, haggard and world weary. Freeman can do this role better than anyone, but don't let his laidback style fool you. He is at the top of his game. The plaudits go to an outstanding performance by Hilary Swank, she cannot have made more than a dozen movies, but two Oscars tells you all you need to know about her talent. A performance which takes her from "no account white trash" to heroine in a staggeringly powerful performance. This is a truly classic movie, it has moments of comedy, high tension, drama, black humour and genuine emotion. Not manufactured emotion, but one where you feel for all the characters. Brilliant writing, direction, sparing score, and top notch acting keep you going right to the harrowing end. A brilliant emotional rollercoaster. Outstanding.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By scoon2 VINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2005
Format: DVD
Million Dollar Baby is a quite wonderful piece of work from Clint Eastwood. It is quite unlike any other boxing movie previously seen.
There is a superb script by Paul Haggis who has recently written and directed Crash to much acclaim.
Direction here though is by Mr Eastwood himself and it is not hard to see why he won the Best Director Oscar for this.
His acting as Frank, the grizzled manager, is also fine and must rank as one of his best performances. Hilary Swank as Maggie, the female fighter, is also fantastic and brings the character completely to life. Another deserved Oscar-winning performance.
Morgan Freeman provides top support and Clint also wrote the music for this.The movie lasts over two hours but the time just flies in.
This really is a 'must see' movie.
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