This is the next film that you must see. The film has quietly come out of nowhere to become one of the top contenders for the Oscar. Director Clint Eastwood is working at the top of his game even surpassing his work on MYSTIC RIVER and UNFORGIVEN. And as an actor Eastwood has never been better.
The story seems routine – a hungry young wanna-be boxer named Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank, BOYS DON’T CRY) tries to convince grizzled old trainer Frankie Dunn (Eastwood) to train her. Frankie doesn’t train girls, but Maggie continues to come to Frankie’s gym day in and day out training herself the best she can. Ex-prize fighter and the gym’s janitor Eddie “Scrap-Iron” Dupris (Morgan Freeman, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) takes a liking to Maggie and starts to show her a thing or two. As you may think Frankie takes on Maggie and she gets a shot for the title.