The Boxer (1997)
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Academy Award®-winner Daniel Day-Lewis (In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot) and Academy Award®-nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) are star-crossed lovers torn between unquestioning loyalty to the ties of tradition and the passion they share in one of the year's most critically-acclaimed films from Academy Award®-nominated director Jim Sheridan.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 70
- Fresh: 56
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Sheridan's "Can't we all just get along?" romantic drama doesn't have the angry power of his previous tale of Troubles, In the Name of the Father, but that may be the strength of this maturely measured piece.
Fresh: The critic dutifully tabulated each blunt plot point, each refried cliche.. And yet, when Danny's nemesis did something monstrously rotten, the critic was so enraged by the dastardly act that he had to stop himself from spitting his candy.
Fresh: The third collaboration between director Jim Sheridan and actor Daniel Day-Lewis, The Boxer is an involving but rather prosaic report from the Belfast front with a melancholy undertow of romantic yearning.
Rotten: Despite its strengths, romantic staying power and a surprise ending, The Boxer has begun to lose the fight as the movie ends.
Makes me rethink my hatred for protestans
The true tale of Belfast Northern Ireland where i come from. Its real and gritty as of how it is. This movie deals with Catholic and Protestan civil war, and IRA and Brittish war. This is around the time of the ceasefire that still exists today with the Provisional Irish Republican Army. It opens your eyes to both sides of the war and casualties. As i watched this movie, and i saw those car bombs, and those semmtex bombs, and the deaths that occur while the plot unfolds just realy powerfully captivated me and reminded me that this is what my home is. As i saw that this movie showed that Catholics and Protestans are capable of putting aside there differences and hatred is of arrogance and propaganda, i still hold my oppinion that all of ireland should be united but not at the cost of all theese lives. Though it wasnt based on a true storey its based on real events such as the starvations in prison, and the car bombs, and the crossing lines that protestans or catholics stand and throw rocks at each other, and riots over hatred, and the Republican Soldiers needing to come home. Erin Go Bragh!
A MUST SEE
A very accurate account of life northern Ireland. Great acting by entire cast.
As an american with irish blood I love to see somewhat true accounts of what my homeland is like. This is a great movie. Too bad Itunes wont carry the sound track. In the shadow of a gun is a good song. Its from the opening and ending cradits.