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Released a little over a year after the grand success of his Oscar-winning
feature 'Mystic River', Clint Eastwood returns to the director's chair for
'Million Dollar Baby'. Eastwood also stars, in the role of Frankie Dunn, a
down-on-his-luck former boxing manager who spends the twilight years of his life
running a small, dilapidated gym in downtown Los Angeles.
Frankie's previous career was blighted by an injury to one of his prize fighters, Scrap (Morgan Freeman), who lost the sight in his right eye during a particularly brutal bout; Scrap now wiles away the hours working as a cleaner in Frankie's gym. Wary of similar occurrences being inflicted on the prestigious young talent that passes before him, Frankie lets a succession of great boxers slip through his fingers. But when the brash, confident young boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) strides into the gym, Frankie's life is irretrievably altered.
Initially refusing to train Maggie due to her gender and age, Frankie relents when faced with her tenacity, spirit, and burning ambition. The combination of Maggie's talent and Frankie's tutelage paves the way for the adroit fighter to rise steadily through the ranks of women's boxing, with the unlikely coupling forming a genuinely touching bond in the process.
- 'Born To Fight': an in-depth look at women in the ring
- 'Producer's Round 15': producers Al Ruddy, Tom Rosenberg and Paul Haggis tell the story of how the book by F.X. Toole "Rope Burns" made it to the screen
- 'James Lipton Takes On Three': in-depth interviews with director Clint Eastwood and stars Morgan Freeman & Hilary Swank the day after the Oscars
Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional Languages Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo: English
Duration 2 hours and 11 minutes (approx)