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Million Dollar Baby (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)

A movie directed by Clint Eastwood

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A Truely Great Film!

  • Aug 17, 2005
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+5
I had heard mixed reviews about the movie from sports fans so I held off seeing this film in the movies. I am sorry I waited because it is an excellent film, deserving of all the accolades it received. Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman are all excellent and play characters with a lot of depth.

The supporting characters are good from the wannabees at Eastwood's gym who spend more time heckling a member named Houston than actually doing any real training, to Swank's pathetic "trailer park" family members.

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The only issue I had with the film is the antics of the "dirty" female fighter who does things behind the referee's back (like in a pro wrestling match) but is still caught on tv and she is never charged with any crimes even though her antics go way beyond any dirty stuff I have seen at hockey matches where players were criminally charged.

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review by . April 29, 2009
I had heard mixed reviews about the movie from sports fans so I held off seeing this film in the movies. I am sorry I waited because it is an excellent film, deserving of all the accolades it received. Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman are all excellent and play characters with a lot of depth.     The supporting characters are good from the wannabees at Eastwood's gym who spend more time heckling a member named Houston than actually doing any real training, to …
review by . October 03, 2007
A friend asked me recently if I liked boxing movies, and was surprised when I said yes. But this isn't a boxing movie. It's an ode to Clint Eastwood's self-image. Clint is a great comic actor; he's funny whether he's getting beaten or beating some poor fool to a pulp. In this droning fraud, he does neither. Instead he quotes the poetry of William Butler Yeats. I like poetry and I like boxing, but this is just pretentiousness on the part of an aging actor who has begun to take himself too seriously …
review by . February 27, 2007
Millon Dollar Baby is truly a specia movie. Maybe not quite one in a million, but definitely a rare breed. Hillary Swank, Morgan Freeman, and Clint Eastwood put in epic performances. No phoniness here as it certainly takes a lot of time for Swank's character to get through to crusty old Mr. Eastwood's character. The side stories involving Morgan Freeman and the semi-retarded fighter is quite intriguing as well. Nonetheless, Eastwood at this late stage in his career still has a strong will. Good …
review by . April 07, 2006
For some time the strongest problems I've heard from other viewers about Million Dollar Baby is that it's either unrealistic or it's too depressing. Besides whatever wrong technical facts about Maggie's hospital stay I think this is a perfect and realistic story. Yes it was depressing but there are plenty of real people with worse stories that never got anything good in life. Though Maggie had an unfair life she kept a smile on her face and still worked hard to get where she wanted to be. She was …
review by . October 10, 2005
Pros: See Review     Cons: See Review     The Bottom Line: Politics and social correctness aside Million Dollar Baby is well worth the effort to see, no experience.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Every once in a while a movie comes along that portrays the seedier side of American life; you know the side without the flashy cars, vapid characters, meaningless car chases, the large houses, fiery …
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Clint Eastwood's 25th film as a director,Million Dollar Babystands proudly withUnforgivenandMystic Riveras 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 bookRope Burns: Stories From the Cornerby 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 Babyemerged, 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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Release Date: December 15, 2004
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
Runtime: 132 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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