Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel
Clint Eastwood (Director), Paul Haggis (Screenplay), F.X. Toole (Story)
Released: Dec. 14th, 2004
Runtime: 2 hours, 12 minutes
Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
It is helped by the inclusion of Morgan Freeman as one of the gym's staff and one of Eastwood's former pupils, whose sage-like narration ultimately doesn't add all that much with its emphasis on maxims about the nature of fighting, but it's better than nothing, I suppose.
This moving and inspirational drama was part sports drama, part character study, and part tearjerker.
Paul Higgis' rich screenplay introduces us to a young woman named Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) who desperately wants to go where few women have gone...to the top of the world of professional female boxing.
Yet, they both face a battle that will demand more heart and courage than any they've ever known.
So what is all this talk about Million Dollar Baby about? Well it is a good film, mostly directing.