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The Boxer [DVD] [Collector's Edition; Widescreen]
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Daniel Day-Lewis stars in this searing portrait of 1990s Belfast ripped apart by 20 years of religious conflict and IRA violence. Danny Flynn (Day-Lewis), a repentant IRA operative seasoned by a 14-year prison term, returns to the neighborhood of his childhood to try to rebuild his life. A prizefighter in his youth, he teams up with his old trainer (Ken Stott) to reopen a nonsectarian boxing gym in a bombed-out community center. Meanwhile, Danny finds himself undeniably drawn to his old girlfriend Maggie (Emily Watson), who is now married to his former best friend, an imprisoned IRA member. Maggie's father, Joe Hamil (Brian Cox), the head of the local IRA chapter, is attempting to negotiate an IRA cease-fire, causing extreme tension between IRA factions with opposing views. Danny and Maggie's rekindled love, which defies the IRA rule promising death for anyone having an affair with an imprisoned operative's wife, thrusts Danny straight into the center of the erupting tensions. Irish director Jim Sheridan and British actor Daniel Day-Lewis (who worked together on IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER and MY LEFT FOOT) once again team up with wondrous results, creating a vivid and captivating portrait of an Ireland intimately torn by ancient religious strife.
- For language and some violence
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20240
Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley, Eleanor Methven, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Ciarn Fitzgerald, Kenneth Cranham, David McBlain, Damien Denny, Clayton Stewart, John Wall, Lorraine Pilkington, Kate Perry, Andrea Irvine, Carol Scanlon, Joan McGarry, Catherine Dunne, Sharon Dunne, Derbhla McClelland, Theresa McComb, Sean Kearns, Frank Coughlan, Niall Shanahan, Gavin Kennedy, Larry Byrne, Mark Mulholland, Don Foley, John Cowley, Paul Ronan, Nye Heron, Martin Lynch, Sean
"...A haunting love story....[Day-Lewis and Watson] ignite so combustibly that you can't fail to be moved..."
"...Quietly intense performances from Day-Lewis and Emily Watson....Brilliant cinematography..."
Sight and Sound
"...[THE BOXER] has an attractive star pairing and an uncommon sports dimension..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
"...Tender, wrenching....Reflective and mature....[A] fine, galvanizing film..."
New York Times
"...Thoughtful....The interdependence of personal and political issues is deftly drawn..."
"...[Sheridan] has elicited two of Day-Lewis's best performances; look for this hearty Irish stew of a movie to serve up another helping..."
"...Day-Lewis and Watson are smart actors playing smart people..."
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