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Still shot from the movie: Million Dollar Baby.

Million Dollar Baby

Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), a gritty owner of a boxing club, has coached many notable contenders over the years. When he reluctantly takes on wanna-be fighter Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), it appears both battered souls may finally conquer in the ring and champion over their personal disappointments. Then an unexpected punch changes everything. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Theater Release: 27 Jan 2005
Video Release: 11 Jul 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Although Sylvester Stallone has played numerous movie characters, his best-known role may be that of an underachieving boxer who gets his chance at the championship in Rocky. In one of his earliest cinema appearances, Marlon Brando plays a has-been fighter who gets caught up in the mob world in the 1954 film On the Waterfront.

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Date: 12 July 2005
Treating this release with all the pomp and circumstance behooving a Best Picture Academy Award winner, Warner Home Video presents Million Dollar Baby in a 2 disc (either wide or full screen) or 3-disc version. Both DVD editions include the bonus materials: James Lipton Takes on Three (a 25-minute roundtable with Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, and moderator James Lipton), Born to Fight (an examination of the film’s parallels to real-life boxer Lucia Rijker), and Producers’ Round 15 (a behind the scenes look). Audio tracks are provided in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English, Spanish, and French. Paying the extra bucks for the additional disc buys the movie’s soundtrack CD featuring music by Clint Eastwood, with Lenny Niehaus orchestrating and conducting.

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