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Million Dollar Baby (15-Dec-2004)

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Paul Haggis

Based on a book: Rope Burns: Stories From the Corner by F. X. Toole (book of short stories)

Music by: Clint Eastwood

Producers: Clint Eastwood; Albert S. Ruddy; Tom Rosenberg; Paul Haggis

Keywords: Sports Drama, Boxing

Sports drama follows an ambitious young woman's quest to become an elite professional boxer.

Frankie Dunn, a gifted boxing trainer and owner/operator of an overlooked Los Angeles gym called the Hit Pit, takes Missouri waitress-cum-aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald under his wing after her will and determination win out over his initial reluctance to train a woman. What follows is a classic "underdog" sports tale with a gut-wrenching twist, following Maggie's tough rise through the ranks of the boxing world up until her fateful million-dollar bout against German prostitute-turned-dirty fighter Billie "The Blue Bear".

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jay Baruchel
9-Apr-1982   She's Out of My League
Clint Eastwood
31-May-1930   The Man With No Name
Ned Eisenberg
13-Jan-1957   Roger Kressler on Law & Order: SVU
Morgan Freeman
1-Jun-1937   Unforgiven
Anthony Mackie
23-Sep-1979   The Manchurian Candidate
Margo Martindale
18-Jul-1951   Rita Perkins-Hall on A Gifted Man
Benito Martinez
28-Jun-1971   Capt. Aceveda on The Shield
Michael Peña
13-Jan-1976   Crash
Hilary Swank
30-Jul-1974   Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry


Clint Eastwood   ...   Frankie Dunn
Hilary Swank   ...   Maggie Fitzgerald
Morgan Freeman   ...   Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
Anthony Mackie   ...   Shawrelle Berry
Jay Baruchel   ...   Danger Barch
Mike Colter   ...   Big Willie Little
Lucia Rijker   ...   Billie "The Blue Bear"
Brían O'Byrne   ...   Fr. Horvak
Margo Martindale   ...   Earline Fitzgerald
Riki Lindhome   ...   Mardell Fitzgerald
Michael Peña   ...   Omar
Benito Martinez   ...   Billie's Manager
Bruce MacVittie   ...   Mickey Mack
David Powledge   ...   Counterman at Diner
Joe d'Angerio   ...   Cut Man
Marcus Chait   ...   J. D. Fitzgerald
Tom McCleister   ...   Lawyer
Erica Grant   ...   Nurse
Naveen   ...   Pakistani
Morgan Eastwood   ...   Little Girl in Truck
Jamison Yang   ...   Paramedic
Dean Familton   ...   Ref #1
Dr. Louis Moret   ...   Ref #2
V. J. Foster   ...   Ref #3
Jon D. Schorle II   ...   Ref #4
Marty Sammon   ...   Ref #5
Steven M. Porter   ...   Ref #6
Ray Corona   ...   Ref #7
Ming Lo   ...   Rehab Doctor
Miguel Perez   ...   Restaurant Owner
Jim Cantafio   ...   Ring Doctor #1
Ted Grossman   ...   Ring Doctor #2
Ned Eisenberg   ...   Sally Mendoza
Marco Rodriguez   ...   Second at Vegas Fight
Roy Nugent   ...   Fan in Vegas
Don Familton   ...   Ring Announcer
Mark Thomason   ...   Radio Commentator
Brian T. Finney   ...   Irish Fan #1
Spice Williams-Crosby   ...   Irish Fan #2
Kim Strauss   ...   Irish Fan #3
Rob Maron   ...   Irish Fan #4
Kirsten Berman   ...   Irish Fan #5
Susan Krebs   ...   Rehab Nurse
Sunshine Chantal Parkman   ...   Rehab Nurse #2
Kim Dannenberg   ...   Rehab Nurse #3
Eddie Bates   ...   Rehab Resident


Review by John Renfro (posted on 15-Feb-2005)

I don't throw around the word "masterpiece" very much, but this movie more that qualifies. It is much more than a "boxing movie", it is a love story and tremendous study of human nature and courage. I was disappointed, before I saw this movie that Clint Eastwood was nominated for Best Actor over Paul Giamatti in Sideways. Now those feelings have evaporated in the sheer brillence of this great movie. Go see it!

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