Million Dollar Baby

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Clint Eastwood turns a tired genre on its head with an Oscar-winning boxing tale that delivers a knockout blow to expectations. Hilary Swank deservedly won the Best Actress Academy Award for her steely portrayal of Maggie, a trailer trash waitress who discovers her true vocation in the boxing ring. Initially turned down by old-school trainer Frankie (Eastwood), she gradually wins his respect after being given a chance by his trusty assistant Scrap (Morgan Freeman). But who knows how fate will mark her card?