Director: Clint Eastwood Cast: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Anthony Mackie, Brian F. O’Byrne, Lucia Rijker, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome, Michael Peña, Benito Martinez, Bruce MacVittie, Joe D’Angerio, David Powledge
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Hilary Swank); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Morgan Freeman); Best Director (Clint Eastwood)
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Clint Eastwood); Best Adapted Screenplay (Paul Haggis); Best Film Editing
I First Saw In: c. 2006
Synopsis: A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
Did You Know? Clint Eastwood was the only Best Actor nominee for 2004 to play a fictitious character.
Quotables: EDDIE: Seems there are Irish people everywhere, or people who want to be.
And now a Word from the Guise:
This movie is so great. Hilary Swank is wonderful, Clint Eastwood is a charming curmudgeon, and Morgan Freeman is brilliant. And let’s not forget about Margo Martindale. She is excellent as Maggie’s unappreciative, deadbeat mom. I’m not a boxing fan by any stretch of the word, but this is such an inspiring, heart-rending film and I love it.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233