Million Dollar Baby (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Clint Eastwood Starring: Hilary Swank Morgan Freeman

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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. Running Time: 132 min.Format: BLU-RAY DISC


Studio Warner
SKU 203386670
UPC 012569828452
UPC 14 00012569828452
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/31/2012
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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,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
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
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
Clint Eastwood
Hilary Swank
Morgan Freeman
Cast & Crew
Bruce MacVittie - Actor
Clint Eastwood - Actor
Clint Eastwood - Director
Clint Eastwood - Producer
Clint Eastwood - Original Music By
David Potaux-Razel - Original Music By
F.X. Toole - Story By
Hilary Swank - Actor
Jay Baruchel - Actor
Joel Cox - Editor
Lucia Rijker - Actor
Michael Pena - Actor
Mike Colter - Actor
Morgan Freeman - Actor
Paul Haggis - Screenplay
Robert Lorenz - Executive Producer
Tom Stern - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 82845
UPC 00012569828452
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 132 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Winner (2005) Golden Globe, Clint Eastwood, Best Director - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Hilary Swank, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Image Award, Morgan Freeman, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Clint Eastwood, et. al., Best Motion Picture of the Year,Oscar, Clint Eastwood, Best Achievement in Directing,Oscar, Hilary Swank, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, Morgan Freeman, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,Screen Actors Guild, Hilary Swank, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role,Screen Actors Guild, Morgan Freeman, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominee (2005) Oscar, Clint Eastwood, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review What a marvelous return to form Clint Eastwood has made following the disaster of Blood Work. In fact, one could argue that his two most recent films, Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby, have ushered in the most dramatically compelling phase of Eastwood's long career in front of and behind the camera. It's difficult to say which of these two magnificent films is more powerful - both left me stunned and haunted, and both evidence only the tiniest of flaws...
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Even when calamity climbs in the ring and the script flirts with teary cliches (Maggie has an exploitative family, Frankie has an estranged daughter), Eastwood -- a true film artist -- never pummels you. Swank delivers the goods with ferocity and feeling. And the prickly Eastwood-Freeman rapport is a joy. But the knockout punch comes from Eastwood. His stripped-down performance -- as powerful as anything he's ever done -- has a rugged, haunting beauty.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD / Blu-Ray
A.O. Scott, The New York Times The best movie released by a major Hollywood studio this year. A work of utter mastery.
David Ansen, NewsWeek Clint Eastwood is doing the best, most assured work of his career.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times This is the best film of the year. A masterpiece, pure and simple.

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