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Million Dollar Baby

(2004)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images and thematic material.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/15/2004 , 132min.
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Plot & Details

Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and has precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager, leaving Frankie high and dry. His best friend and faithful employee Eddie Dupris is a former fighter who Frankie trained. In his last fight, Eddie suffered a severe injury, a fact that brings Frankie great guilt. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) enters Frankie's life, as well as his gym, and announces she needs a trainer. Frankie regards her as a dubious prospect, and isn't afraid to tell her why: he doesn't think much of women boxing, she's too old at 31, she lacks experience, and has no technique. However, Maggie sees boxing as the one part of her life that gives her meaning and won't give up easily. Finally won over by her determination, Frankie takes on Maggie, and as she slowly grows into a viable fighter, an emotional bond develops between them. When a tragedy befalls one of the three characters, each comes to a decision that shows how the relationships in the film have changed them. Adapted from a short story by F.X. Toole, a former corner man with years of experience in the fight game, Million Dollar Baby also stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie, and Mike Colter.
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Genre(s): Drama,Romance
  • Run Time: 132min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 12/15/2004
  • DVD Release Date: 07/12/2005
  • Distributor(s): Warner Bros.
  • Director(s): Clint Eastwood
  • Starring: Clint Eastwood , Hilary Swank , Morgan Freeman , Anthony Mackie , Jay Baruchel
  • Themes: Redemption,Mentors,Tomboys,Boxers,Unlikely Friendships
  • Tone: Forceful,Somber,Cathartic,Elegiac,Gritty,Melancholy,Compassionate,Poignant,Reflective
  • Keywords: boxing, trainer, woman
  • Country of Origin: USA - Limited (12-15-2004),USA (01-21-2005)
  • Language: English

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Paul Haggis Nominated
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Tom Rosenberg Won
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Clint Eastwood Won
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Morgan Freeman Won
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Albert S. Ruddy Won
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Clint Eastwood Nominated
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Hilary Swank Won
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Joel Cox Nominated
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Clint Eastwood Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Morgan Freeman Nominated
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Clint Eastwood Won
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Hilary Swank Won
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Clint Eastwood Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Actress Hilary Swank Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Clint Eastwood Nominated
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Morgan Freeman Nominated
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress Hilary Swank Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Director Clint Eastwood Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Directors Guild of America Best Director Clint Eastwood Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture [Runner-up] Won
2004 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor [Runner-up] Morgan Freeman Won
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