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Format: DVD
Sku: 40716017
UPC: 012569593237
UPC 14: 00012569593237
Category Keywords: Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"I DON'T TRAIN GIRLS", trainer Frankie Dunn growls. But something's different about the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn's gym. All she wants is a fighting chance. Clint Eastwood plays Dunn and directs, produces and composes music for this acclaimed, multi-award-winning tale of heart, hope and family. Hilary Swank plays resilient Maggie, determined not to abandon her one dream. And Morgan Freeman is Scrap, gym caretaker and counterpoint to Dunn's crustiness. Grab your dreams and come out swinging.

"The best movie released by a major Hollywood studio this year. A work of utter mastery.  A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Clint Eastwood is doing the best, most assured work of his career.  David Ansen, Newsweek

Editor's Note
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.

Clint Eastwood has crafted a boxing film fit to stand alongside classics such as RAGING BULL and ROCKY with MILLION DOLLAR BABY. The scenes between Eastwood and Freeman are a delight to watch, with the two old hands pulling off masterfully understated performances as a couple of men teetering on the brink of failure. Likewise, Swank puts in a powerful turn as Maggie, further emphasizing her penchant for unusual roles, and perhaps even bettering her incredible, Oscar-winning showing as Teena Brandon in BOYS DON'T CRY.

Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.78:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Featurette, Documentary, English, French, Spanish Subtitled, 2 Discs
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/11/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 132 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 59323
Video UPC UPC: 00012569593237
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood
Video Cast Info Hilary Swank
Video Cast Info Jay Baruchel
Video Cast Info Morgan Freeman
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Director
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info F.X. Toole - Writer
Video Cast Info Henry Bumstead - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Joel Cox - Editor
Video Cast Info Paul Haggis - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Tom Stern - Cinematographer

Awards


Oscar (2005)
Video Award Name Clint Eastwood, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Hilary Swank, Winner, Best Actress
Video Award Name Morgan Freeman, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Clint Eastwood, Nominee, Best Actor

Golden Globe (2005)
Video Award Name Clint Eastwood, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Hilary Swank, Winner, Best Actress

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[T]he best movie released by a major Hollywood studio this year....It is a quiet, intimately scaled three-person drama directed in a patient, easygoing style..." 12/15/2004 p.E1

Los Angeles Times
"[T]he director's most touching, most elegiac work yet....It's got some of the emotional daring of the great melodramas of Hollywood's golden age..." 12/15/2004 p.E1

USA Today
"[A] grim knockout of a boxing movie with multiple jolts....Eastwood directs and stars in one of his top performances..." 12/15/2004 p.1D

Entertainment Weekly
"The chemistry between Eastwood and Swank is touching and spiky and true. It is also gently, unstatedly romantic." 12/24/2004 p.50-1

Rolling Stone
"[A] stunningly drawn map of the human heart disguised as a boxing yarn....[Eastwood's] stripped -down performance -- as powerful as anything he's ever done -- has a rugged, haunting beauty. The same goes for the movie." 12/30/2004 p.170-1

Premiere
"[A] remarkably appealing success story full of heart and humor and poignancy, with Swank as winning as she's ever been." 02/01/2005 p.46-8

Uncut
"When this heroic underdog fable turns really dark, its grip strengthens yet further, Noble, savage and brave." 02/01/2005 p.103

Sight and Sound
"The washed-out colour photography, the seedy urban locations, the peripheral low-life characters all give the film a pleasingly noir feel." 03/01/2005 p.67-8

Uncut
Ranked #4 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[A] powerful and provocative boxing movie which deservedly won the main prizes at this year's Oscars." 01/01/2006 p.82-83

Widescreen Review
"The Tom Stern cinematography captures striking shots, some of which are highly contrasted or in silhouette, and heighten the emotion during pivotal moments throughout the film." 06/01/2006 p.64

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
What a marvelous return to form Clint Eastwood has made following the disaster of Blood Work. - James Berardinelli

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
Even when calamity climbs in the ring and the script flirts with teary cliches (Maggie has an exploi - Peter Travers

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