THE ENVELOPE PODCAST
Episode #77: Million Dollar Baby
Ladies & Gentlemen. Welcome to The Envelope Podcast. Here on The Envelope, we discuss & review every Best Picture Winner in the Academy Awards History.
On this episode, we discuss the seventy-seventh Best Picture Winner: “MILLION DOLLAR BABY.”
“Million Dollar Baby” is a sports drama film based on short stories by F.X. Toole, the pen name of fight manager and cutman Jerry Boyd. The film follows Frankie Dunn, a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm’s length, except his old friend and associate Eddie “Scrap Iron” Dupris. When underdog amateur boxer Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald arrives in Frankie’s gym seeking his expertise, he is reluctant to train the young woman, a transplant from working-class Missouri. Eventually, he relents, and the two form a close bond that will irrevocably change them both. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film stars Clint Eastwood as Frankie Dunn, Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald, Morgan Freeman as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris, Jay Baruchel as Danger Barch, Mike Colter as Big Willie Little, Anthony Mackie as Shawrelle Berry, and Michael Peña as Omar.
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