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Million Dollar Baby

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Anna Kocis

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Transcript of Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby
Get into groups of 3-5
If you could change the ending, how would you have ended it and why?
Change: He finally decided to let go of her to put her out of her misery because he knew that's what she truly wanted .
4) Do you think people should be denied jobs because of their age?
We think that the inner meaning to this quote is directed about a person’s heart and soul. When Maggie claims she has all that it takes she says how tough she is, but Frankie, and experienced coach, knows that you can’t just be tough. You have to have the heart to keeping fighting even when it seems unbearably tough and you have to have the soul and will power to keeping fighting when you’re almost down.

Los Angeles
Run Down Gym
Modern Times -The hospital room is smaller and the screens are all the latest technology and can't be more than 5 years old.
Car and phone that Frank has is very 70's/80's.
Missouri town in the Ozarks
Frankie Dunn : “Girlie, tough ain't enough.”
This quote shows how close Maggie and Frankie are. Not only are they coach and fighter, they are family at heart. When Maggie is caught in hot waters she expresses to Frankie that even though she has a family back at home, they are nothing but blood relatives and that Frankie is truly her family because he’s the one looking out for her wellbeing, not them.

Pulling the Plug- Symbolizes that Frankie truly did love her and he knew that she didn't want to live like this anymore in pain. So he pulled the plug because when you love someone you have to let them go.
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris:: “Anybody can lose one fight, anybody can lose once, you'll come back from this you'll be champion of the world.”
Key Quotes
Tip Of the Ice Burg
Speed Bag- It symbolizes Frankie warming up to the idea of training Maggie. Frankie wouldn't have let her use it if he wasn't trying to test her out and help her improve her skills. Both characters are lost without each other and together they are wildly successful. We also think that this shows the beginning of their partnership.
Speed Bag
Robe- Symbolizes the beginning of her career because she finally feels like she is a part of the boxing world, and a lot more confident in herself.
Frankie & their bond- Frankie symbolizes a father figure to Maggie. Maggie isn't close with her family at all because they don't support her and haven't through out her life. Maggie felt very alone until Frankie agreed to tag along her side during her boxing experiences.
Frankie and Maggies Bond
Boxing- Symbolizes her existence. Displays as a metaphor for life. Themes consist of courage, betrayal, loyalty, anger, and forms of rude behavior in and out of the ring.
The gym- Very run down, dull lighting. Frankie believes that nobody ever made money from operating a gym.
The Gym
the Plug

"If there's magic in boxing, it's the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It's the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you." -Eddie Scrap
Maggie Fitzgerald: "I've got nobody but you", Frankie.
Frankie Dunn: "Well, you've got me."
This is a memorable moment because its when Frankie decides to kill her. He puts her out of her pain. Even though he loved her like a daughter, he had to let her go. Eddie believed in Maggie from the beginning when Frankie didn't yet. This is the finale of the movie and is an ending we didn't really see coming, so it is a memorable moment.
A memorable moment is when Frankie lets her use the speed bag. This is because it's finally when he starts to accept her as a female fighter considering how much older she was to just begin fighting. This is one of the first steps to Maggie's success because Frankie finally gives in, and they both wouldn't have the success that they do in end without each other.

Another memorable moment is when Frankie talks about how him and his daughter aren't close at all anymore which is one of the reasons why he is hesitant on training her. This is remember through out the movie because Frankie and Maggie create a bond like father and daughter and they love each other. This is why it was a lot harder on Frankie when he had to let her pass away and 'pull the plug' on her life.

The meaning of his quote is aimed towards ones persistence and how hey can become triumphant if you don give up and keep trying. Also that even if one doesnt win, they are still a champion because they tried the most, and if they are to win that it would feel better because you put your blood sweat and tears into getting where you are
"Don't say that. Maggie walked through that door with nothing but guts. No chance in the world of being what she needed to be. It was because of you that she was fighting the championship of the world. You did that. People die everyday, Frankie - mopping floors, washing dishes and you know what their last thought is? I never got my shot. Because of you Maggie got her shot. If she dies today you know what her last thought would be? I think I did all right." -Eddie Scrap
"You got any family boss?"
"You just spending all this time with me. Didn't know if you had any family."
"No. Got a daughter. Katy"
"That's family."
"We ain't really close."
"How much she weigh?"
"Trouble in my family comes by the pound."
"She ain't that big. God athlete. Don't know if she kept it up."
"Yeah. Sorry for using our bag, Mr. Dunn."
"Ah, Jesus, you're not gonna cry are you?"
"No, sir"
"Take he goddamn bag."
"No you need it."
"I haven't even seen it in twenty years, had three new ones since, take the goddamn thing."
"I'll just borrow it till i buy my own."
"Just don't lose it."
-maggie saves up money for a house for her mom
-After Maggie shows her mom the house she got her, she takes it as irresponsibility from Maggie thus resulting in them trying to take her money away
"Don't say that. Maggie walked through that door with nothing but guts. No chance in the world of being what she needed to be. It was because of you that she was fighting the championship of the world. You did that. People die everyday, Frankie - mopping floors, washing dishes and you know what their last thought is? I never got my shot. Because of you Maggie got her shot. If she dies today you know what her last thought would be? I think I did all right." -Eddie Scrap
The Kiss
When Frankie kisses Maggie goodbye it shows that he not only loved her as family but had feelings towards her.
Only the Best
The fact that Frankie kept moving Maggie from hospital to hospital in attempt to save her life because he couldn't give up on her which shows he cares about her well being.
"I'm 32, Mr. Dunn, and I'm here celebrating the fact that I spent another year scraping dishes and waitressing which is what I've been doing since 13, and according to you I'll be 37 before I can even throw a decent punch, which I have to admit, after working on this speed bag for a month may be the God's simple truth. Other truth is, my brother's in prison, my sister cheats on welfare by pretending one of her babies is still alive, my daddy's dead, and my momma weighs 312lbs. If I was thinking straight I'd go back home, find a used trailer, buy a deep fryer and some Oreos. Problem is, this the only thing I ever felt good doing. If I'm too old for this then I got nothing. That enough truth to suit you?" -Maggie Fitzgerald
Explanation: I like this line because it explains that she isn't going to give up. She has been through a lot, scraping dishes since 13 and that Frankie believes she won't ever be good because of her age. She tells the truth about her family and every negative thing that has most effected her life, yet she is still there that day telling Mr.Dunn that she is here to work and work hard. She could be doing other things than this but she doesn't want to. She wants to be fighting because that's what makes her happy. I like this line because it shows how strong she really is telling him all this about herself.
-she is able to become a great boxer
-Long ago in Eddies life being a boxer, he got hit in the eye which ended his career
-proves to everyone that no matter her age nor gender, she can do anything
-Frankie isn't close with his daughter
-her family doesn't support her
-when she was dying her family only came to see her so that she would sign off all her money to the family
-she gets injured and hospitalized
-she wants to die
-Frankie is the one that decides to let Maggie go
Pros & Cons
-ignores all the negativity which also pushes her to be a better fighter
-he becomes a father figure to Maggie
-she gets put out of her misery
-Frankie gets to experience training Maggie
-Frankie becomes more friendly and understanding, and his heart changes (refer to the Grinch)
-Eddie feels redeemed because he could help someone become a better fighter because he never got his chance
1) One challenge faced at the beginning of the film was that Frankie was hesitant in training Maggie, stated "Thought you might be interested in training me" Frankie replied "I Don't train girls"
Change: Maggie worked hard and proved to Frankie that she is hard working and will continue to get better.
The change was Frankie had a change of heart and decided to take Maggie on as his boxer.
2) Challenge: It was hard for Frankie to see how good of a boxer Maggie could be because she is a women and also isn't very young so he didn't have faith in her.
3) Challenge: Frankie was hesitant on whether or not he wanted to pull the plug to end Maggies life.
Memorable Moments
"sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is to step back... But step back too far and you ain't fighting at all."
Activity Two
In each corner of the room
-Kind of Yes
-Kind of No
After each question get someone to explain the groups point of viewpoint of view.

1) Would you be hurt if someone wouldn't do something for you just because you're a women?
2)Do you think it's fair that her family tried to take her money from her when she was dying?
3) Would you have pulled the plug on Maggie or not?
Activity Three
Frankie Dunn:
You forgot the rule. Now, what is the rule?
Maggie Fitzgerald:
Keep my left up?
Frankie Dunn:
Is to protect yourself at all times. Now, what is the rule?
Maggie Fitzgerald:
Protect myself at all times.
Frankie Dunn:
Good. Good.
this is our all time favourite quote because not only does it apply to the movie, but it applies to life. no matter how aggressive you are, like Maggie knocking out almost all of her opponents in the first rounds, you still have to keep your defense up and protect yourself. It also shows Frankies fighting style where he is most concerned about defending the fighter in contrast to Maggie who is all about the awfence and throwing the punches
Activity One
Get in groups of 3-5 and to your best ability guess what will happen at the end
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