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Million Dollar Baby
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Directed By
Clint Eastwood

Written By:
Paul Haggis, F.X. Toole

Cast:
Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Christina Cox

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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Movie Review by Filmkiller
March 29th, 2010

Mo Cuishle

Favorite Movie Quote: "She wants to die, and I just wanna keep her with me. And I swear to God, Father, it's commiting a sin by doing it. By keeping her alive, I'm killing her."

This movie makes me into a crying man-baby.

Someone once said that most of the greatest stories are, at their core, stories about lonliness. One thing's for sure, Million Dollar Baby is a great story, and dammit, it's a story about some lonely, lonely souls.

Former cutman Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) runs a crappy gym, with the assistance of former fighter Eddie (Morgan Freeman), whose one gem of a prize fighter, Big Willie Little (Mike Colter) jumps ship. Freddie, who "doesn't train girls", is left with only one fighter worth a damn, but is reluctant to get involved. Too old, baggage from the past, and Maggie Fitzgerald (Hillary Swank) is, for her part, a girl. But her heart, and maybe a little bit of pig-headedness, intrigues Frankie and they're off. What follows is a man who rediscovers a daughter lost, and a girl who rediscovers a desperately deserved.

A life without dreams is a life without purpose, and a life without purpose is hardly worth living at all. What of the life that has fulfilled its purpose? Borrowed time? Maggie seeks what everyone ultimately seeks - acceptance and validation - and even as she punches her way into the chants of the crowd, when her success fails to change her in the eyes of her worthless family, it's the single heart of Frankie that is her salvation. Daddy issues? Oh, yeah. Frankie, in a parallel of Eddie's last fight, has enough left for one last fighter, Maggie, and for her he pays the price to go the distance with and for her.

Well written, acted, directed, shot, and cut. What's missing?

Worthy Academy Award winner.

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