Million Dollar Baby
Director Clint Eastwood (2004) 132 Minutes
“Staying at the top of his game when most of his contemporaries have long since hung up their gloves, Clint Eastwood delivers another knockout punch with “Million Dollar Baby.” Variety Magazine
Nominated for seven Oscar’s and winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Support Actor, Million Dollar Baby is a masterpiece which tears wide open the debate about female boxing
Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm’s length, except his old friend and associate Eddie “Scrap Iron” Dupris (Morgan Freeman). When Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) arrives in Frankie’s gym seeking his expertise, he is reluctant to train the young woman, a transplant from working-class Missouri. Eventually, he relents, and the two form a close bond that will irrevocably change them both.
Even before Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby won the Oscar for Best Picture, it united critics across the spectrum, from middlebrow to aesthete, in almost universal praise. It was “nearly flawless,” “a breathtaking human drama,” “the cinematic equivalent of Hemingway.” The Atlantic