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Multi-Oscar winning flick left conservative pundits frothing and hurling baseless allegations at the ever-gracious Eastwood (directing his 25th film). As always, you should make up your own minds. Old school boxing trainer Frankie Dunn (Eastwood) manages a rundown LA gym, aided by his best friend, former boxer Scrap (Freeman, who also narrates). Abrasive Frankie, long estranged from his own daughter, is very reluctant to have anything to do with 30-ish, uneducated waitress Maggie (Swank), whom he deems too old to train. But Maggie fiercely bets that boxing can change her life--and it does, although not in a way anyone could have expected. Downer ending doesn't negate the heart-tugging vulnerability of its characters or its emotional power. A knockout. Based upon "Rope Burns: Stories From the Corner" by Jerry Boyd, under the pen name F.X. Toole.

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Available on Running time 133 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Waiters & Waitresses, Boxing, L.A., Rags to Riches, Physical Problems, Top Grossing Films of 2005
Screenplay
Paul Haggis
Cast
Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Lucia Rijker, Brian F. O'Byrne, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome
Cinematography
Tom Stern
Director
Clint Eastwood
Music
Clint Eastwood
Other
Walt Martin, Joel Cox, Deborah Hopper, Henry Bumstead
Producer
Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tom Rosenberg, Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros.

Awards

Oscars 2004: Actress (Swank), Director (Eastwood), Film, Support. Actor (Freeman); Directors Guild 2004: Director (Eastwood); Golden Globes 2005: Actress--Drama (Swank), Director (Eastwood); Screen Actors Guild 2004: Actress (Swank), Support. Actor (Freeman).

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Nicholle

Million Dollar Baby is an amazing movie, but the ending is too sad so I don't like watching it just because I don't want to cry. I think that everyone should see this movie at least once. Maggie really wants to train for boxing but her dad thinks that it is not a good idea because of various reasons. She finally convinces him to train her. Maggie becomes a great female boxer, and it drastically changes her life. In the end, she is bed-ridden and has a lot of medical problems. The way the end is done will make you ball your eyes out.