Mil­lion Dol­lar Baby

Sun­day, gem, 9.40pm, M (2004)

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

Like a cham­pion boxer, the Best Pic­ture Os­car win­ner has all the hall­marks of great­ness – grace, ease, heart and a knockout punch. Clint East­wood plays Frankie Dun n,a cranky box­ing trainer scrap­ing out a liv­ing run­ning a run­life-long down gym in a Los An­ge­les back al­ley, along­side pal Scrap (Mor­gan Free­man). Their lives are chang ed by the ar­rival of Mag­gie Fitzger­ald (Hi­lary Swank), a 31-year-old waitress with trailer-park roots. She has the dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion and raw tal­ent to be a prize­fighter, even if Frankie is adamant that he doesn’t train “girlies”. East­wood and Free­man are in vin­tage form, wholly wor­thy of their re­spec­tive Os­cars for Best Di­rec­tor and Best Sup­port­ing

Ac­tor, but it’s the sight of Swank, her bruised smile, com­ing out swing­ing, that re­ally sticks in the mind. She is sim­ply awe­some.

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