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Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby received the award for Best Picture of 2004 at the 77th Academy Awards. Eastwood was awarded his second Directing Oscar for the film and also received a Best Actor nomination. Swank and Freeman received Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor Oscars, respectively.



Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby    Million Dollar Baby is an Academy Award winning 2004 dramatic film directed by Clint Eastwood. The film stars Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman.

The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) aspires to prove herself by becoming a successful boxer. Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly agrees to train her.

Frank's friend and employee, ex-boxer Eddie "Scrap Iron" Dupris (Morgan Freeman) narrates the story in non-dialogue scenes.

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Million Dollar Baby - Cast

Clint Eastwood... Frankie Dunn
Hilary Swank... Maggie Fitzgerald
Morgan Freeman... Eddie 'Scrap-Iron' Dupris
Jay Baruchel... Danger Barch
Mike Colter... Big Willie Little
Lucia Rijker... Billie 'The Blue Bear'
Brian F. O'Byrne... Father Horvak
Anthony Mackie... Shawrelle Berry
Margo Martindale... Earline Fitzgerald
Riki Lindhome... Mardell Fitzgerald
Clint Eastwood ... Film Director


Review by Frederica Mathewes-Green

Clint Eastwood’s "Million Dollar Baby" has won a basketful of Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. If they gave one for Best Kept Secret, it might win that as well. There’s a twist in the plot of "Million Dollar Baby." It’s not a whiplash turn, like that "Sixth Sense" or "The Usual Suspects." It’s more of an unexpected plot morph that turns it from one kind of movie into another....more

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Million Dollar Baby [DVD] (2004) DVD
Producer/director Clint Eastwood delivers a tour-de-force performance as a gruff boxing coach in this drama that earned Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Supporting Actor. Urged by gym caretaker Morgan Freeman to help upstart fighter Hilary Swank develop her skills, a reluctant Eastwood eventually takes her under his wing, and together the pair learns about the strength of dreams--and the devastating consequences of fate. With Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter. 132 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; featurettes; interviews; theatrical trailers. Two-disc set.

Essential Directors: Clint Eastwood [DVD] DVD
Includes "Unforgiven" (1992), "Mystic River" and "Million Dollar Baby."

Million Dollar Baby (Three-Disc Deluxe Edition) [DVD] (2004) DVD
Producer/director Clint Eastwood delivers a tour-de-force performance as a gruff boxing coach in this drama that earned Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Supporting Actor. Urged by gym caretaker Morgan Freeman to help upstart fighter Hilary Swank develop her skills, a reluctant Eastwood eventually takes her under his wing, and together the pair learns about the strength of dreams--and the devastating consequences of fate. With Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter. 132 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: French, Spanish; featurettes; interviews; theatrical trailers; CD soundtrack. Three-disc set.


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