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4.0 out of 5 stars The crack, 15 Nov 2005
This review is from: The Boxer [DVD] (DVD)
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
This review is from: The Boxer [DVD] (DVD)
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
This review is from: The Boxer [VHS] [1998] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Boxer, 9 Nov 2013
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Very interesting drama about Troubles in Northern Ireland packed with sport and love. Great casting, great feeling. Very realistic. Daniel Day -Lewis was also brilliant in In the Name of the Father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Aug 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the road to peace there may some obstacles, 15 Jun 2005
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This review is from: The Boxer [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
We all know what happened and is happening in Ireland, I mean Northern Ireland. The film assumes we know and we are on the side of the Irish Catholics who are trying to get out of the war because there is no real solution in the war, but also, though with less emphasis, on the side of the Protestants who know that time is just playing against their majority which will be a forgotten illusion within a few years and then the reversal of majorities would be the bitterest and direst catastrophe for these very Protestants. A peaceful negociated solution must be found. But the film looks at the problem, at the Good Friday Agreement through the eyes of persons, of individuals, both Catholics who have political or military power and Catholics who are just plain simple ordinary men, women or children. At the top level some cleansing is necessary, some military leaders who do not want to undestand that the political leaders must always have the last word and the last decision, have to be eliminated or neutralized. That is not very easy nor comfortable nor clean. At the bottom level, the emotions and feelings and sentiments of simple people are both pathetic because of their powerlessness, and admirable because of their total commitment to their fulfilment. I love him or her and I will love him or her no matter who says I should not and no matter what it may cost me. Thus the film becomes universal and speaks of all social and civil wars with the participation of some foreign troops. The precise civil and social cause is demultiplied by the national sentiment that is provoked on one side by what they consider as an invasion and an occupation. The film is admirable in its reserve and moderation : it shows the situations, the passions of all these people but it keeps some dignity even in cases when butchery would be a better word for assassination. And more than ten years later the situation has not yet come to an agreed upon and duly negociated settlement. History is so slow at times.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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