MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)









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Brief Movie Synopsis [courtesy of Internet Movie Database]:

A determined woman works with a hardened
boxing trainer to become a professional.
Winner of 4 Academy Awards,
including Best Picture of 2004.



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"Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" is the best movie released by a major Hollywood studio this year, and not because it is the grandest, the most ambitious or even the most original. On the contrary: it is a quiet, intimately scaled three-person drama directed in a patient, easygoing style, without any of the displays of allusive cleverness or formal gimmickry that so often masquerade as important filmmaking these days. .... With its careful, unassuming naturalism, its visual thrift and its emotional directness, "Million Dollar Baby" feels at once contemporary and classical, a work of utter mastery that at the same time
has nothing in particular to prove."

-- Excerpt from The New York Times; December 15, 2004







"Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" is a masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true. .... Some directors lose focus as they grow older. Others gain it, learning how to tell a story that contains everything it needs and absolutely nothing else. "Million Dollar Baby" is Eastwood's 25th film as a director, and his best. .... Hilary Swank is astonishing as Maggie. Every note is true. .... Movies are so often made of effects and sensation these days. This one is made of three people and how their actions grow out of who they are and why. Nothing else. But isn't that everything? .... This is the best film of the year."

-- Roger Ebert; December 14, 2004











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