Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman

Genres: Drama, Sport

Continuity mistake: In Maggie's first fight (when Frankie isn't her manager), she comes off after the first round and takes her mouthpiece out. After talking to the manager, she gets back up to enter the ring without putting it back in, but when the bell rings she has it in again.

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Continuity mistake: When Maggie is talking to Frankie in the gym bleachers, discussing Frankie's daughter, Maggie's ponytail keeps shifting from behind her back, to over her shoulder, and back again.

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Audio problem: During any fight when people are yelling "Mo cuishle", watch the spectators around and you'll notice that no one is mouthing the words, or is in sync with those words. Even if the yelling came from offscreen (i.e. from the farthest bleachers) the noise should have sounded from far away, not as neat and close as it sounds.

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Trivia: The nasty Billie "The Blue Bear" is played by Lucia Rijker, a real-life boxer who is regarded as the best female fighter in the world.

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Trivia: Hilary Swank was the third choice to play Maggie, after Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd both turned it down.

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Trivia: In the film, Lucia Rijker who played Billie "The Blue Bear" fights Hilary Swank for the first million dollar fight in woman's boxing. Lucia Rijker is scheduled at present to fight rival Christy Martin, with the winner to be the first female boxer to win a million dollars in boxing history.

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Question: Is it ever revealed what Frankie's secret is? Why is he estranged from his daughter and looking for forgiveness?

Chosen answer: No, the cause of conflict between Frankie and his daughter is never revealed - we only know that she returns his weekly letters, and it has been some time since they have had contact.

Question: Spoiler! Doesn't Maggie have the legal right to refuse any type of life support? She's completely cognitive and in possession of all her mental faculties. Why does Frankie have to sneak in and illegally participate in her assisted suicide?

Chosen answer: Yes, there was an article in last week's Sunday paper about how the medical community is up in arms over the mis-portrayal of patient's rights issues.


Question: Are we ever told why Maggie's family cares so little about her? I can only assume it's because they think she's run off to California and left them (and returning later with lots of money doesn't help) but that's just my interpretation, unless I missed something.


Chosen answer: We might just call it an exaggerated portrayal of the "white trash" family. Part of what makes Maggie so endearing is that she struggled and made herself out of nothing, and to create this history, it is expected that her family is awful, and never expected anything out of her.

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