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Million Dollar Baby



Million Dollar Baby was theatrically released on December 15, 2004, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It received critical acclaim and grossed $216.8 million worldwide. The film garnered seven nominations at the 77th Academy Awards and won four: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (for Swank), and Best Supporting Actor (for Freeman).




Million Dollar Baby



Frankie is finally willing to arrange a title fight. He secures Maggie a $1 million match in Las Vegas against the WBA women's welterweight champion, Billie "The Blue Bear" Osterman, a German ex-prostitute who has a reputation as a dirty fighter. Maggie begins to dominate the fight, but Billie knocks her out with an illegal sucker punch from behind after the bell rings to end the round. Maggie lands hard on her corner stool, breaking her neck and leaving her a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. Frankie seeks out multiple doctors' opinions, none of whom can help. He lashes out at Scrap, blaming him, then tries to bargain with God through prayer.


After being fired from the television series Family Law, Haggis wrote the script on spec, and it took four years to sell it.[4][5] The film was stuck in development hell for years before it was shot. Several studios rejected the project even when Eastwood signed on as actor and director. Even Warner Bros., Eastwood's longtime home base, would not agree to a $30 million budget. Eastwood persuaded Lakeshore Entertainment's Tom Rosenberg to put up half the budget (as well as handle foreign distribution), with Warner Bros. contributing the rest. Eastwood shot the film in less than 40 days between June and July 2004.[1][2] Filming took place in Los Angeles and film sets at Warner Bros. Studios.[2] The term 'Million Dollar Baby' was from the nose art of a World War II Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber.[citation needed] The titular phrase 'million dollar baby' was used as an insult during pre-fight publicity by Sonny Liston to Muhammad Ali, the latter of whom was an underdog at the time. Eastwood had his daughter Morgan Colette appear in a brief role as a girl who waves to Swank's character at a gas station.[6][7]


Academy Award winners Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman star in this gritty drama of a veteran boxing trainer, his former boxing cohort--and the woman who strides into his gym and announces she intends to become a professional fighter, a Million Dollar Baby. Maggie Fitzgerald (Swank) has never had much, but she knows what she wants and she will do whatever it takes to get it. In a life of constant struggle, Maggie has gotten by on raw talent, unshakeable focus and a tremendous force of will--which persuade Frankie Dunn (Eastwood), against his better judgment, to train someone who's both female and too old to begin a career. With Dunn's experience and Fitzgerald's talent and determination, the boxer finds herself on track to be the first female to win one million dollars in prize money. But the risks are high, the odds long and the ring unforgiving--as Dunn and Fitzgerald will discover--in this lacerating, knockdown drama.


However, one AAPI company is leading the way in both these markets as well as the mass market sector of baby furniture. Million Dollar Baby Co. was founded in 1990 in Los Angeles by Daniel and Maryann Fong and is now led by their children CEO Teddy Fong and CRO Tracy Fong. Although it is the parent company of seven brands most notably Namesake, Babyletto, DaVinci, and Nursery Works, it continues to be a family-run business.


Nursery Works' most current launch is the head-turning Gradient Crib, which looks more like modern art than baby furniture. Designed by Matthew Grayson and made in Minnesota, it is made from 100 percent solid maple hardwood and is one of the most expensive cribs on the market priced at $10000.


Consider these two hypothetical examples.* What if parents could create a $1 million retirement for their child by leveraging the full life of the child to maximize compound interest growth? And what if parents waited until their child was 18 years old to start saving?


So too with "Million Dollar" baby: By depicting a choice, it does not necessarily communicate approval of that choice. Rather, it shows how such a choice might be made - by a young woman who has staked her life on what she can do with her fists, and a trainer who is trying to figure out what it means to have a daughter, and to love and support her unconditionally. 041b061a72


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