- 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 (25 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00008WVKA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,194 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Boxer [DVD]
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An absolutely brilliant film on so many levels, have watched it many times. Great story, characterisation and acting. A gem!Published 12 months ago by Miriam
Very good film about the social/political situation in Northern Ireland.Published 22 months ago by Fabrizio Scisci