Million Dollar Baby (2004, USA) C-132m. SCOPE *** D: Clint Eastwood. Starring Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter. Quiet but powerful drama about aged boxing instructor Eastwood, who reluctantly agrees to coach determined 31-year-old woman Swank. A movie about friendship, love and determination, extremely well-told. Almost a throwback to 1970s character dramas, but its deliberate pace is not a flaw. Winner of 4 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Actress (Swank) and Best Supporting Actor (for Freeman, who is terrific). Eastwood also did the music for this one and coproduced.

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