• The Boxer (1997)

The Boxer

Release Date: December 31st, 1997

DVD Release Date: July 8th, 1998

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

Rising teen boxer and Belfast native Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) was imprisoned for 14 years after getting involved with the Irish Republican Army. Newly freed from jail in his early 30s, Danny returns home and attempts to put his life back together. Reopening his neighborhood gym and reconnecting with his lost love, Maggie (Emily Watson), now a single mother while her husband is in prison, Danny battles against his former IRA compadres, including the militant Harry (Gerard McSorley).

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley, Eleanor Methven, Ciaran Fitzgerald, David McBlain

Director: Jim Sheridan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Hell's Kitchen Films

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Forbidden love, Transformation, Brooding, Quest, 1990s, Love triangle

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The two actors, Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves), give such forceful performances and interact so well that it's impossible not to be mesmerized by their interaction. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Although it seems to borrow the pattern of the traditional boxing movie, the boxer here is not the usual self-destructive character, but the center of maturity and balance in a community in turmoil. show more

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    It's a tribute to Day-Lewis that he can play a character like Danny -- cautious, withdrawn, inarticulate -- and endow him an eloquence and grace that aren't dependent on language. Without him, The Boxer might still be a powerful tale of loyalty and love, with a core of moral complexity; with Day-Lewis in the lead, it approaches greatness. show more

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture