The Boxer (1997)



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Movie Info

Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) directed this drama about a Belfast boxer, filmed with Dublin locations substituting for Belfast. Released after his 14-year prison sentence for IRA activities, 32-year-old Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) returns to his old neighborhood and sees former-flame Maggie (Emily Watson), who has an unhappy marriage and now raises her son alone while her husband is in prison. To get back in the boxing ring, Danny gets the community-center gym back in operation and … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Sheridan, Terry George
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 7, 1998
Universal Pictures


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as Joe Hamill

as Ike Weir

as Eddie Carroll

as Matt Maguire

as Prison Officer

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as Priest

as Wedding Guest

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as Prison Governor

as Cake Decorator

as Joe Hamill's Aide

as IRA Man

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as Agnes' Son

as Peter Mallon

as Old Man in Shelter

as Car Bomb Driver

as Boy on Bicycle

as Bomb Victim

as Sean's Helper

as Soldier on Roof

as Doorman at Gym

as Old Man in Gym

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as Old Man in Gym

as Caretaker of Gym

as Boxer on Pads

as Mrs. Boots

as 1st Fight Referee

as Journalist

as Liam's Opponent

as 1st Fight Timekeeper

as Danny's Cornerman

as Eddie's Trainer

as Eddie's Cornerman

as Mr. Walsh

as Mrs. Walsh

as Mr. Orr

as Danny's Supporter

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as Danny's Supporter

as 1st Fight Cardgirl

as Girl with Drinks

as Billy Patterson

as Reggie Bell

as TV Announcer

as Woman at 2nd Fight

as 2nd Fight Referee

as Child at 2nd Fight

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as Akim's Cornerman

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as Maitre D'

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Critic Reviews for The Boxer

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (27)

In each film he makes, Day-Lewis seems to adopt a new persona.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

Day-Lewis has the ability to make the will to nonviolence look positively volcanic. And Watson, with her 200-watt incandescence, makes longing look radiant.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

If The Boxer doesn't quite score a knockout, that's because of such flaws as the too-sketchy development of the character of Maggie's son, who turns out to be pivotal. But the movie carries the day by aiming its strongest punches straight at the heart.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

With Watson and Day-Lewis you can almost feel the heat, and their situation never feels contrived or artificial.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Top Critic

The critic dutifully tabulated each blunt plot point, each refried cliche.. And yet, when Danny's nemesis did something monstrously rotten, the critic was so enraged by the dastardly act that he had to stop himself from spitting his candy.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Though we've seen this unquiet terrain before, this new film about boxing, star-crossed lovers and the Irish Republican Army temporarily gives us fresh eyes.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Boxer


A boxer returns from an unjust prison sentence to try to rebuild his life in an Ireland at odds with itself. Lewis carries the picture easily as a man of few words but his scenes with Watson up the ante: watching them communicate when they know it's against the rules but unable to help themselves makes the film. The boxing scenes are good as well.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Daniel Day-Lewis doing what he does best. The plot is really good as well, dealing with the IRA and a forbidden love between Day-Lewis and an old flame. Also, it seems that Cinderella Man's style and plot points seemed to borrow a lot from this movie, but out of the two, this is definitely the one to see.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

The best part of this movie is that you know DDL was training his ass off and probably could have been a featherweight champion. Watching him jump rope and fight in those matches was great. Then there is the speech that he gives to Watson about jail, it's almost worth the price of admission. Basically, even though the movie is just okay and left me wanting more, you keep watching because of the acting, Brian Cox is great as well. I am on a huge IRA kick here lately.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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