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Million Dollar Baby Details

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Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and has precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager, leaving Frankie high and dry. His best friend and faithful employee Eddie Dupris is a former fighter who Frankie trained. In his last fight, Eddie suffered a severe injury, a fact that brings Frankie great guilt. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) enters Frankie's life, as well as his gym, and announces she needs a trainer. Frankie regards her as a dubious prospect, and isn't afraid to tell her why: he doesn't think much of women boxing, she's too old at 31, she lacks experience, and has no technique. However, Maggie sees boxing as the one part of her life that gives her meaning and won't give up easily. Finally won over by her determination, Frankie takes on Maggie, and as she slowly grows into a viable fighter, an emotional bond develops between them. When a tragedy befalls one of the three characters, each comes to a decision that shows how the relationships in the film have changed them. Adapted from a short story by F.X. Toole, a former corner man with years of experience in the fight game, Million Dollar Baby also stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie, and Mike Colter. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 15, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joel Cox Best Editing 2004 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Morgan Freeman Best Supporting Actor 2004 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Morgan Freeman Best Supporting Actor [Runner-up] 2004 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Morgan Freeman Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up) 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Morgan Freeman Best Supporting Actor 2004 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Morgan Freeman Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2004 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Morgan Freeman Best Supporting Actor 2004 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Paul Haggis Best Adapted Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Haggis Best Adapted Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Rosenberg Best Picture 2004 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Clint Eastwood Best Director 2004 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Clint Eastwood Best Director (Runner-up) 2004 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Clint Eastwood Best Actor - Runner-up 2004 Winner
Directors Guild of America Clint Eastwood Best Director 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clint Eastwood Best Director 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clint Eastwood Best Picture 2004 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Clint Eastwood Best Director 2004 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Director 2004 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Clint Eastwood Best Original Score 2004 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Director 2004 Nominee
National Board of Review Clint Eastwood Special Filmmaking Achievement 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clint Eastwood Best Actor 2004 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Hilary Swank Best Actress 2004 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hilary Swank Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2004 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Hilary Swank Best Actress 2004 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Hilary Swank Best Actress 2004 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Hilary Swank Best Actress 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hilary Swank Best Actress 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert S. Ruddy Best Picture 2004 Winner

Cast

Clint Eastwood
as Frankie Dunn
Hilary Swank
as Maggie Fitzgerald
Morgan Freeman
as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
Anthony Mackie
as Shawrelle Berry
Jay Baruchel
as Danger Barch
Mike Colter
as Big Willie Little
Lucia Rijker
as Billie "The Blue Bear"
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Father Horvak
Margo Martindale
as Earline Fitzgerald
Riki Lindhome
as Mardell Fitzgerald
Ted Grossman
as Ring Doctor #2
Rob Maron
as Irish Fan #4
Jamison Yang
as Paramedic
Spice Williams
as Irish Fan #2
Erica Grant
as Nurse
V.J. Foster
as Ref #3
Kirsten Berman
as Irish Fan #5
Ming Lo
as Rehab Doctor
Don Familton
as Ring Announcer
Michael Peña
as Omar
Mark Chait
as J.D. Fitzgerald
Miguel Perez
as Restaurant Owner
Susan Krebs
as Rehab Nurse
Joe D'Angerio
as Cut Man
Ned Eisenberg
as Sally Mendoza
Mark Thomason
as Radio Commentator
Morgan Eastwood
as Little Girl in Truck
Kim Dannenberg
as Rehab Nurse #3
Kim Strauss
as Irish Fan #3
Naveen
as Pakistani
Eddie Bates
as Rehab Resident
Marty Sammon
as Ref #5
Benito Martinez
as Billie's Manager
Ray Corona
as Ref #7
Dean Familton
as Ref #1
Bruce MacVittie
as Mickey Mack
Tom McCleister
as Lawyer
Marco Rodriguez
as Second (at Vegas Fight)
Brian Finney
as Irish Fan #1
Dave A. Powledge
as Counterman at Diner
Steven M. Porter
as Ref #6
Jim Cantafio
as Ring Doctor #1
Bruce Forman
as Guitarist

Crew

Clint Eastwood
Director
Clint Eastwood
Producer
Paul Haggis
Producer
Tom Rosenberg
Producer
Albert S. Ruddy
Producer
Paul Haggis
Screenwriter
Tom Stern
Cinematographer
Clint Eastwood
Composer (Music Score)
Joel Cox
Editor
Henry Bumstead
Production Designer
Jack G. Taylor Jr.
Art Director
Gary Lucchesi
Executive Producer
Robert Lorenz
Executive Producer
Deborah Hopper
Costume Designer
Walt Martin
Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Lorenz
First Assistant Director
Phyllis Huffman
Casting
F.X. Toole
Short Story Author
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