“Million Dollar Baby”, four Oscar awarded movie revolving around an emotional relationship between a boxing trainer and a determined trainee will be screened at 6 pm on Tuesday May 26 at the American Center, Colombo-3.
Directed and co-produced Clint Eastwood portrays himself playing the lead role in the story of an under-appreciated boxing trainer, his elusive past, and his quest for atonement by helping an underdog amateur female boxer (the film’s title character) achieve her dream of becoming a professional.
Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman played the other stellar roles in the film which won Best Motion Picture and Best Director of the Year (Clint Eastwood), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Hilary Swank) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Morgan Freeman).
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 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 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.