The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Helena Bonham Carter
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. Written by
One of two times when Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese would compete for Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars. Clint Eastwood won this time, but four years later they would compete again with Scorsese winning for The Departed (2006) and Eastwood nominated for Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). See more »
Sucker punching someone in boxing is a serious offense and will often result in a suspension of the offender. If it resulted in an injury like one suffered by Maggie, it would result in the arrest of the fouling fighter, the likely permanent revocation of their boxing license and a very hefty lawsuit against that fighter. SInce money to care of Maggie is a major portion of the film's narrative, it's surprising that very short shrift is giving to would obviously be a major concern: The offending fighter being punished for her actions. See more »
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris:
Only ever met one man I wouldn't wanna fight. When I met him he was already the best cut man in the business. Started training and managing in the sixties, but never lost his gift.
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Intoxicating, Brilliant, Inspirational, and Multi-Layered- what films are meant 2 B
Wow- what an incredible movie! There are so many layers to this film, one could almost see it 4 times and get something new out of it every time. I loved first and foremost its message that we create ourselves through our drive, loyalty, ambition, dedication, and work. Secondly, I love its insistence in the good of the American Dream, and I loved its excitement and beautiful, touching message toward the end. A movie about violence and ambition that evolves into a movie about love, hard-earned sacrifice, and doing something meaningful with one's life. Grade A entertainment with a beautiful message to boot! Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood should both win their second Oscars for their contribution to cinema.
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