Million Dollar Baby

Synopsis: Wanting to learn from the best, aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald wants Frankie Dunn to train her. At the outset he flatly refuses saying he has no interest in training a girl. Frankie leads a lonely existence, alienated from his only daughter and having few friends. Maggie's rough around the edges but shows a lot of grit in the ring and he eventually relents. Maggie not only proves to be the boxer he always dreamed of having under his wing but a friend who fills the great void he's had in his life. Maggie's career skyrockets but an accident in the ring leads her to ask Frankie for one last favor.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 4 Oscars. Another 63 wins & 83 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

Do it!

You got him! You got him!

I only ever met one man

I wouldn't wanna fight.

I can't stop that.

Get out of here, you useless tit.

When I met him, he was already the best

cut man in the business.

Can you stop it?

Started training and managing

in the '60s, but he never lost his gift.


Let me have a look at him.

He's fine. He's fine.

He ain't if you don't stop this bleeding.

I'll give you one more round.

- Seconds out. Let's go.

- What do we do? Tell me what to do.

You let him hit you.

Sometimes there's just

nothing you can do.

Cut's too wide, too close to the bone.

Maybe you got a severed vein...

... or you just can't get the coagulant

deep enough.

- Come on!

- Break. Break.

There are all kinds of combinations

you come up against...

... down in the different layers of meat...

... and Frankie knew

how to work every one.

- That's it! Come on!

- What are you doing?

Knock him out, Willie!

People love violence.

They'll slow down at a car wreck

to check for bodies.

Same people claim to love boxing.

They got no idea what it is.

Boxing is about respect.

Getting it for yourself...

... and taking it away from the other guy.

I'll warm up the car.

Mr. Dunn?

I owe you money?

No, sir.

I know your mama?

Don't rightly know, sir.

- Then what is it you want?

- I was on the undercard.

I won my fight too. Maggie Fitzgerald.

Well, Maggie Fitzgerald, what's up?

- Did you happen to see it?

- Nope.

I did pretty good.

Thought you might be interested

in training me.

I don't train girls.

Maybe you should. People see me fight

say I'm pretty tough.

Girlie, tough ain't enough.

It's a mistake.

Car should be able to back up, Frankie.

Just push, will you?

- What did Hogan want?

- Offered us a title shot.

About time.

I turned him down flat.

Two or three more fights, you'll be ready.

Been two or three more fights

for a long time now, Frankie.

Look, Willie,

you get one shot at the title.

You lose it,

it may not come around again.

Now, two or three more fights

and we'll be ready.

Whatever you say, Frankie.

Frankie liked to say that boxing

is an unnatural act...

... that everything in boxing is backwards.


... best way to deliver a punch

is step back.

Well, do your best, Lord...

...protect Katy.

Annie too.

Other than that... know what I want,

there's no use me repeating myself.

But step back too far,

you ain't fighting at all.

- Bye.

- Bye.

Father, that was a great sermon.

Made me weep.

What's confusing you this week?

Oh, it's the same old

one-God-three-God thing.

Frankie, most people figure out

by kindergarten it's about faith.

Is it sort of like Snap, Crackle and Pop

all rolled up in one big box?

You're standing outside my church

comparing God to Rice Krispies?

The only reason you come to Mass

is to wind me up.

- It won't happen this morning.

- I'm confused.

- No, you aren't.

- Yes, I am.

Then here's your answer:

There's one God.

Anything else? Because I'm busy.

- What about the Holy Ghost?

- He's an expression of God's love.

- And Jesus?

- Son of God. Don't play stupid.

What is he then?

Does that make him a demigod?

There are no demigods,

you f***ing pagan!

- Did you write your daughter?

- Absolutely.

Now you're lying to a priest.

You know what? Take a day off,

don't come to Mass tomorrow.

Some people would say the most important

thing a fighter can have is heart.

Frankie would say, "Show me a fighter

who's nothing but heart...

... and I'll show you a man

waiting for a beating."

Think I only ever met one fighter

who was all heart.

My name's Dangerous Dillard

Fighting Flippo Bam-Bam Barch...

...out of Broward County, Texas!

Danger showed up

a couple of years back.

He'd come visiting L.A. With Ervel,

his mama's new boyfriend.

Apparently Ervel got lost

and ended up back in Texas.

Danger looked for him for about a week

before he introduced himself.

Hey, you know, I gots nothing

against n*ggers.

Well, that's nice to hear.

Yeah, lots of people where

I comes from does...

...but my mama taught me

not to cause hurt to no man...

...n*ggers or not.

You got a nice mama.

Anything else I can do for you?

Just one of those questions you ask...

... but Danger wanted to give it

his best answer.

Well, sir, I'd likes to become

the welterweight champion of the world.

And I challenge the Motor City Cobra...

...Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns... fight me for the welterweight

championship of the whole world!

Yo, Flip, shut up, man!

You ain't even ranked.

You gotta have at least one fight

to be ranked.

Hey, I'll fight any man, anytime!

Hey, you a bad man, huh?

Get in the ring. Go a round with me.

- Shawrelle.

- I will.

Leave him alone.

Danger, you go on back to training.

Will do, Mr. Scrap.

Them's some nice tights, Danger.

I'll give you that ass-whupping later,

Olive Oyl.

Hey, bro, those pants look

real pretty on you.

Give his mama back her tights.

Shawrelle Berry had a left hook

that would move a tank...

... but he had a heart

the size of a split pea.

Frankie bought the Hit Pit

from Bobby Malone 17 years ago.

Bobby wanted to move to Florida,

and Frankie wanted some security.

Bobby died while he was packing.

And Frankie found out

most gyms lose money.

I thought I told you I didn't want

Danger working out here anymore.

He ain't hurting nothing, Frankie.

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Paul Haggis

Paul Edward Haggis (born March 10, 1953) is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known as screenwriter and producer for consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners, 2004's Million Dollar Baby and 2005's Crash, the latter of which he also directed. more…

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