Million Dollar Baby

2004, Drama, 2h 12m

269 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Clint Eastwood's assured direction - combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving. Read critic reviews

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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.

Cast & Crew

Clint Eastwood
Frankie Dunn
Hilary Swank
Maggie Fitzgerald
Morgan Freeman
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
Anthony Mackie
Shawrelle Berry
Jay Baruchel
Danger Barch
Mike Colter
Big Willie Little
Lucia Rijker
Billie "The Blue Bear"
Margo Martindale
Earline Fitzgerald
Riki Lindhome
Mardell Fitzgerald
Brian F. O'Byrne
Father Horvak
Benito Martinez
Billie's Manager
Gary Lucchesi
Executive Producer
Clint Eastwood
Original Music
Tom Stern
Cinematography
Joel Cox
Film Editing
Henry Bumstead
Production Design
Richard C. Goddard
Set Decoration
Deborah Hopper
Costume Design
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Critic Reviews for Million Dollar Baby

Audience Reviews for Million Dollar Baby

  • Mar 18, 2012
    This is Clint Eastwood's masterpiece! Everything fell into place to make this one of the most stunning films I have ever seen in my life. This film has incredible acting, great directing, and one of the most inspirational and heartbreaking stories. It deserves all the claim and rewards it has received. This could have been another simplistic story about a boxer trying to make it big. Instead, it delves deep into the emotion of the characters and their lives. One of the few films that almost made me cry. The only thing that does not make it completely perfect is the ending feels somewhat drawn out. However, the ending leaves you close to tears with the level of emotion the actors portray in their roles. To any Clint Eastwood fan, this is one of the movies you need to see immediately.
    Jack M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2012
    Powerful in the transformation of characters as this ultimately tragic film reaches its climax.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    A knockout classic. The storyline is simple but very moving and heartbreakingly sad, unlike other boxing movies I've seen before. Eastwood, Swank, and Freeman all deserved the Academy Awards wins because of their incredible character study about their scars of their own. Emotionally powerful beyond relief, just enough for it's Best Picture win also.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    One the greatest and most dramatic films I have ever seen. Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swan, and Morgan Freeman lead possible the best cast of actors in a film I have ever seen, I mean how many films get nominated for all those Oscars in Acting and win most, not many thats for sure but this film did. The story is about a old boxing coach who runs a gym, when his main boxer leaves him he is left with only his friend (Morgan Freeman) and his gym. A woman (Hillary Swank) wants to get his training and is a big fan, but he refuses to coach her for being a girl. But after seeing her determination and work, he decides to train her. But their realationship becomes stronger and is put to the ultimate test. Such an amazing film and cast make this the best boxing movie since Rocky and Raging Bull.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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