The Boxer

Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the I.R.A. in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working class neighborhood to resume his life as a boxer, fighting and opening a boxing club training aspiring boxers. Maggie has since married Danny's best friend, who is also imprisoned for his I.R.A. activities. Although he has not denounced the I.R.A. or denigrated his I.R.A. colleagues, Danny has decided to live a life free of political violence. His boxing club is nonsectarian, open to both Catholics and Protestants. This move irks some of his old I.R.A. colleagues since they feel working with the Protestants will not resolve their David versus Goliath struggle. Danny's old I.R.A. colleagues, especially their unofficial leader Harry, resort to traditional tactics of violence to stop Danny. Maggie's father, Joe, also an I.R.A. activist, d
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Jim Sheridan
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
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113 min

[ President Clinton ]

The sun is shining,

- and I hope it's a good omen

for peace in Northern Ireland.

- [ Helicopter Whirring ]

[ Irish Man #1 ] Not only because

of pressure from Mr. Clinton,

pressure from the south

of Ireland,

pressure from the Roman Catholic

hierarchy who want peace at any price--

[ Whirring Continues ]

- [ Irish Man #2 ] No surrender !

- [ Crowd Cheering ]

[ British Man ] You cannot hold

the process to ransom any longer,

so end the violence,

and end it now.

[ Irish Man #3 ]

What about the l.R.A. ?

- [ Irish Man #4 ]

They haven't gone away, you know.

- [ Laughter ]

Let's go, Danny.

Is 14 years not long

enough for you ?

Time to say

bye-bye, Danny.

[ Inmate Yelling ]

Quite a turnout,

isn't it ?

- Aye.

- Quiet, please. Shh.

[ Guard ]

One for the governor.

Thirty pounds.

Ticket for the boat.

Please sign.

[ Chattering, Shouting ]

- It's a wedding !

- Just throw the bouquet.

Go on.

[ Shouting Continues ]

- Jesus Christ. Danny Flynn.

- Come on ! Move it !

- [ Woman #1 ] That's Danny Flynn ?

- [ Woman #2 ] I think so.

There you go.

[ Grunts ]

[ Man ]

Thanks, Maggie.

That's lookin' great, Maggie.

Well done.

Liam looks well.

Why is your father comin'

to the reception, Maggie ?

- To keep an eye on you.

- [ Laughing ]

Sure. Why not ?

- Come on, Pat. Let's get

things organized for Joe.

- Right.

[ Cheering ]

- [ Cheering Continues ]

- Come on. Come inside.

Hurry up !

In the club.

- [ Wedding Processional ]

- [ Applause, Cheering ]

Here comes the bride

[ Chattering ]

Danny Flynn's out.

- Granddad !

- Liam.

Come here. Go on.

- Mr. Hamill.

- Sean.

- How are you, Jimmy ?

- Not bad, Mr. Hamill.

- [ Boy ] What about you, Liam ?

- Fine.

- Hello, Mr. Hamill.

- What are you readin', Brian ?

- Spiderman !

- [ Laughing ]

- Keep movin'.

- [ All ] Hello, Joe.

Hello, lads.

Hey, lads. l told you

my granddad was comin'.

How are you doin' ?

- [ Cheering ]

- Oh.

- You look gorgeous.

Absolutely gorgeous.

- Thank you.

- Congratulations, Josephine.

- Thanks for comin'.

This is a wee something

for ya. Okay ?

- Oh, thank you.

- Where's Maggie ?

Uh, she's through there,

I think.

I'll see youse later.

You did a great job, you.

The prisoners would be proud of ya.

Oh, thanks for comin', Da.

- What's wrong ?

- Nothin'.

Are you upset ?

Oh, I was just thinking

about things, you know ?

- [ Bell Tolling ]

- [ Helicopter Whirring ]

[ Whirring Continues ]

Let me down easy

Putting my heart on the edge

- [ Continues ]

- Can I have a word

with you outside, please ?

- [ Boy ] What's the problem ?

- There is no problem. Let's go.

- What's happenin' ?

- I was only dancin' with him.

You're a prisoner's wife,

for God's sake !

- Oh, Jesus ! He was only

dancin' with the girl.

- Yeah, yeah

- It's all right. Relax.

- He didn't know

she was a prisoner's wife.

It's all right.

That's all right.

Her husband's stayin'

five years in prison.

If you go near his wife again,


I'll shoot

both your kneecaps off.


It's all right.

It's all right.

Don't be worryin', Agnes.

The trouble's sorted out.

- What's goin' on ?

- Nothin', Ma.

[ Siren Wailing ]

We can't get no

Bad reaction, but we try

And we try, and we try

and we try

[ Quiet Chattering ]

I wanted to tell ya

how proud we all are of ya.

How you stood by your man.

I know that when I was inside,

it was easy to do my time...

because I had

a strong woman behind me.

My wife Eileen,

God rest her soul,

stood by me and remained

faithful to the cause.

And now my daughter,

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Jim Sheridan

Jim Sheridan (born 6 February 1949) is an Irish playwright, screenwriter, film director, and film producer. In the few years from 1989 to 1993, Sheridan directed two critically acclaimed films set in Ireland (My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father) that between them received 13 Academy Award nominations. Sheridan has personally received six Academy Award nominations. In addition to the above-mentioned films, he is also known for the films The Boxer and In America. more…

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