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The Boxer
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Directed By
Jim Sheridan

Written By:
Jim Sheridan, Terry George

Cast:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Gerard McSorley, Ken Stott, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Kenneth Cranham

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The Boxer (1997)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
March 1st, 2008

This place makes me want to kill.

Favorite Movie Quote: "I do have a mind of my own, Danny. I know very well I might be losing it, but I do have a mind of my own."

I cannot imagine a better example of religion's failure than the war in Northern Ireland. The land that we celebrate in March as a place of happiness is one where Catholics and Protestants bathed the ground with the blood of their young.

Danny (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a former IRA member who has spent the last 14 years in prison. he just wants to get on with his life and forget the war, but it is still going on and cannot be ignored. He also has unresolved personal issues with Maggie (Emily Watson) to address. They have to sneak around as she is a symbol - a wife with a husband in prison for his activities.

Outstanding performances by Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown , There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York) and Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie, Breaking the Waves, Punch-Drunk Love), and Brian Cox (Zodiac, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy) as the man who was trying to establish a peace.

As you would expect of a film set in the war, there is no comedy or romance, just a dark, dirty, grim tale of life as it really is, not what we wish it to be. A brilliant cast giving us a needed reminder of the cost of war.

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Tim
Mar 1, 2008 2:12 AM
 
I tried watching this on demand and got about 30 minutes into it I cant seem to make myself go back and watch it ....the story was missing something it seemed.
Movie Addict
Mar 1, 2008 7:39 AM
 
In my opinion, its a hard film because the subject is so dark and depressing.



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