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Festivale online magazine, March, 1998
The Boxer movie review
The Boxer

When Danny comes home from jail, his childhood sweetheart Maggie is not waiting for him. He asked her not to wait for him. On the other hand, her husband, his best friend, did ask her to wait for him which made her a symbol of the cause, a prisoner's wife.

The Boxer

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This is war-torn Ireland, where underground armies are part of the daily life, and where women grow children to watch them become violent killers or killed. Maggie is surrounded by the IRA, her father is one, her ex-boyfriend Danny was one, her husband is one, and we suspect that sooner or later her son will be one.

Danny's peaceful solution is boxing, um, he's going to teach boys to fight so they won't fight.

Others at the screening found this film powerful, I found the message redundant. I agree war is dumb and dangerous, which is the obvious message, and gained no additional insights from the film. The love story is rather ordinary.

The Boxer

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Title: The Boxer (1997)
Written by: Jim Sheridan & Terry George
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Produced by: Jim Sheridan, Arthur Lappin
Edited by: Gerry Hambling
Director of Photography: Chris Menges

The Players: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson
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