Cast: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Christina Cox
Director: Clint Eastwood
Box Office: $84 mil and countin’….
Trivia: Hilary Swank contracted a bacterial infection from a blister she developed on her foot during training for her role. The infection was so serious that she almost had to be hospitalized for 3 weeks. Catching the infection in the nick of time, she instead chose to take a week off for medicated rest and didn’t tell Clint Eastwood or the Producers of the film about the injury, because she didn’t believe it was in character.
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris: If there’s magic in boxing is the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.
[Eddie has his feet up on the desk]
Frankie Dunn: You got big holes in your socks.
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris: Oh, they’re not that big.
Frankie Dunn: Didn’t I give you money for some new ones?
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris: These are my sleeping socks. My feet like a little air at night.
Frankie Dunn: How come you’re wearing them in the daytime, then?
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris: ‘Cause my daytime socks got too many holes in them.
Frankie Dunn: You wouldn’t start training to be a ballerina at 31 now, would you?
Maggie Fitzgerald: Already been workin’ it for three years.
Frankie Dunn: And you can’t hit a speed bag? What kind of training is that?
Maggie Fitzgerald: I never had any, boss.
Frankie Dunn: Well, I hate to say it, but it shows.
Maggie Fitzgerald: We’re flying?
Frankie Dunn: Would you rather drive?
Maggie Fitzgerald: You’re askin’ me?
Frankie Dunn: Would you rather fly or would you rather drive?
Maggie Fitzgerald: So, I finally get to decide something?
Frankie Dunn: That’s what I’m saying.
Maggie Fitzgerald: Fine. Fly there, drive back.
Frankie Dunn: That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard of. How the hell we gonna do that?
Maggie Fitzgerald: You said it was up to me.
Frankie Dunn: “Mo cuishle.” It means “my darling. My blood.”
A Million Dollar Classic Knock-out!
You will laugh, cringe, feel, and cry. One thing I will recommend though, when you see it, make sure to get all your snacks, make a rest room stop or anything else you need to do before the movie. You won’t want to leave your seat for a second once it has begun.
If you have no soul what-so-ever, I believe you will still cry when you see this movie. I’m not exaggerating. I have never in my life felt this much emotion for characters in any story. In the same movie you will be captivated by the story, be drawn to the edge of your seat, you will wince in pain – and then cry your heart out. The camera angles are so perfect. The directing is flawless which won Clint Eastwood his second Academy Award as a Director. The acting is remarkable. Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and the supporting cast were outstanding. Hilary Swank won her second Oscar as an Actress, and Morgan Freeman won Oscar as a Supporting Actor. The movie won 5 Oscars in total.
The film’s quietly devastating conclusion reverberates so deeply because the integrity of the characters remains uncompromised; and there are no simplistic resolutions, only ambiguous question that are left unanswered. Ultimately, Eastwood is able to locate grandeur in the ostensibly mundane, but his real genius is in knowing how to present it truthfully and without pretention