Million Dollar Baby – Filtered

Theatrical Release: January 28, 2005
DVD Release: July 12, 2005
Million Dollar Baby – Filtered


Golden Globe winner for his direction of this dark drama, Clint Eastwood plays boxing trainer Frankie Dunn. Along with Eddie “Scrap-Iron” Dupris (Morgan Freeman), one of the first boxers that Frankie trained, he runs a gym for up-and-coming boxers. Frankie reluctantly takes on the training of female boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank). He believes that girls don’t belong in the ring but sees that she’s determined to be a boxer and willing to learn from him — no questions asked. Frankie takes personal blame for many things: not being present in the lives of his wife and daughter, causing a career-ending injury to Eddie, losing a potential title-winning boxer to another manager because he was too cautious. Now with Maggie in the ring and in his corner, a sweet bond between the two helps them overcome some overwhelming difficulties. Win or lose, Maggie becomes Frankie’s million-dollar baby.

Dove Review

Maggie Fitzgerald has fought the odds and worked very hard to dig her way out of the life she had with her lazy, hurtful mother. She makes her way to Frankie Dunn’s training gym, where he eventually agrees to take her on and train this female boxer. Although she is on the older side, she has tremendous talent and Frankie smooths the rough edges and teaches her correct form. Their relationship begins to grow deep as both Maggie and Frankie are searching for love and acceptance- Maggie from a father and Frankie from a daughter. Maggie learns quickly and swiftly rises in ranks as a female fighter, almost always knocking out her opponent in the first round. But, her career ends instantly when a dirty fighter punches her after the bell and she lands on a stool and breaks her neck. She is paralyzed from the neck down and cannot breathe on her own. She repeatedly asks Frankie to help her end it all and in the end he gives in and administers a lethal dose of adrenaline. This was a great movie about daring to dream and working tirelessly to achieve that dream. It was also, in a way, a great love story… showing how even the toughest people need people. Unfortunately, love and love of life didn’t prevail, and with the movie ending with such a punch to the gut (Euthanasia) Dove cannot approve it.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None.
Language: None.
Violence: Blood, bruises, and fighting associated with boxing, broken nose.
Drugs: Adrenaline used at the end.
Nudity: None.
Other: Due to the issue of assisted suicide or Euthanasia being considered as an acceptable practice, Dove cannot approve this film.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Paul Haggis
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood
Genre: Action
Runtime: 100 min.
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor