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The Boxer [DVD]

Daniel Day-Lewis , Emily Watson , Jim Sheridan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley
  • Directors: Jim Sheridan
  • Producers: Jim Sheridan, Arthur Lappin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, Italian, Spanish, English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Hungarian, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WVKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,451 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Jim Sheridan links up once more with Daniel Day-Lewis for 1997's The Boxer, a study of a violent Belfast's uneasy crossover into the peace process (they had previously worked on My Left Foot among other films). Day-Lewis stars as Danny Flynn, imprisoned in his late teens for terrorism, now out after 14 years. A once promising boxer, he's initially looking to resume what's left of his career. However, his rekindled love for Maggie (Emily Watson), daughter of local IRA boss (Brian Cox), is coupled with a need to be a part of the healing process in Northern Ireland. With the help of his former trainer (Ken Stott), he reopens a non-sectarian gym. However, the non-pacific wing of the IRA, personified by Gerard McSorley, resents Flynn, not least for consorting with Maggie, who is another IRA prisoner's wife. Day-Lewis plays Flynn as an almost spiritual figure, still caught in the introspection that enshrouded him during his years in jail. Ironically, the well-executed boxing scenes provide a respite from the air of serious violence that pervades the rest of the film, symbolised by the ominous rotorblades of the ever-present helicopters, from which much of the action of this sad, yet gripping and ultimately uplifting movie, is shot.

On the DVD: Generous extras include commentaries from producer Arthur Lappin, who offers a tourist's guide to various locations, as well as one from director Jim Sheridan, who offers technical info and remarks drily of a brief, tart exchange between Maggie and Flynn, "This is an Irish love scene". There's also an alternative (though not that alternative) ending, extra scenes which probably deserved to stay on the cutting room floor and, most illuminatingly, a featurette on the movie. This reveals that the career of Barry McGuigan (boxing advisor here) provided Sheridan with the impetus to make The Boxer, inspired by the courage and grace he showed in the ring to rise above partisanship. --David Stubbs

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Ex-IRA member and former boxing champion Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) comes out of prison after fourteen years and returns to his native Belfast. He falls in with his old coach, Ike (Ken Stott), and the pair open a gym together. Danny meets his old flame, Maggie (Emily Watson), and hopes to rekindle their affair until he discovers that while he was inside she married his best friend, also an IRA member and now serving time himself. As Danny and Ike's gym attracts young talent and Danny successfully resurrects his boxing career, pressure from IRA thug Harry, an opponent of the burgeoning peace process, threatens to destroy everything they are working towards.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The crack 15 Nov 2005
Jim Sheridan's harsh vision of a cold urban wasteland is the perfect backdrop for a poignant and moving love story. A simplistic but astute representation of the political undercurrents brewing in 90's Northern Ireland. A respectful appreciation for the poetry and the symbolism of boxing. Performances are top notch. Gritty yet idealistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple love in the worst irish times 3 Nov 2011
When I grabbed for this movie, did not expect falling in love with it so much. Easy and simple - great choice of showing simple love story in religious separated Belfast and on the background of tough IRA times, religious hatred and military control. Living in Ireland for few years, always wanted to know more about those hard days. Don't expect this movie will give you overview or documentary about those time - times, when each attempt to negotiate or make peace finished by car or house bombing and many people lost their lives.

Danny Flynn, former boxer, got involved with IRA and finished in prison for next fourteen years. His girlfriend got married his friend, whose in prison too for IRA activities. When is Danny released from prison, he returns back to place he used to live before and try to set up his live out of all IRA activities, live in peace and teaching young boys boxing. As his boxing club is pronounced as "non-sectarian" - for both: catholic and protestant, it crosses ways of strict catholic (IRA) and protestant groups and Danny must fight for it as well as for his old love. Beautifully acted by Danny D. Lewis and Emily Watson. Worthy to see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars powerful,gritty, touching drama 27 Nov 2000
By "jay22"
Format:VHS Tape
emily watson and daniel day lewis as always deliver first class performances. this is a powerful love story of epic stuggle and trgic beauty. thoroghly enjoyable and emotionally charged.
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