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Warner's 'Million Dollar Baby' Hits Stores July 12

27 Apr, 2005 By: John Latchem

Clint Eastwood's controversial but critically acclaimed drama Million Dollar Baby will street July 12 (prebook May 31) from Warner Home Video.

The film, which has grossed nearly $100 million at the U.S. box office, won four 2004 Academy Awards, including best picture, best actress for Hilary Swank, best supporting actor for Morgan Freeman and best director for Clint Eastwood.

Veteran boxing trainer Frankie (Eastwood) insists he won't train girls, but after some wise words from Scrap (Freeman), he decides to help the stubborn Maggie (Swank) fulfill her dreams. They grow closer, forming a surrogate father/daughter relationship. When a tragedy cuts her career short, he forces himself to make a shocking decision.

The $29.95 two-disc release includes a James Lipton interview with the cast and the featurette “Born to Fight,” which compares the movie to real-life boxer Lucia Rijker. Warner is also releasing a deluxe edition for $39.98, which includes the CD soundtrack.

Despite its controversial themes, the movie represents more Oscar success for Eastwood, who took home best director and best picture trophies for Unforgiven, and directed Sean Penn and Tim Robbins to statuettes for Mystic River.

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