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The Boxer (1997)

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Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.


Jim Sheridan
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Danny Flynn
Daragh Donnelly Daragh Donnelly ... Prison Officer
Frank Coughlan Frank Coughlan ... Prison Officer
Sean Kearns Sean Kearns ... Prison Officer
Lorraine Pilkington Lorraine Pilkington ... Bride
Niall Shanahan Niall Shanahan ... Groom
John Wall John Wall ... Priest (as Father John Wall)
Maria McDermottroe Maria McDermottroe ... Betty
Carol Moore ... Wedding Guest (as Carol Scanlan)
Kate Perry Kate Perry ... Wedding Guest
Andrea Irvine ... Wedding Guest
Joan McGarry Joan McGarry ... Wedding Guest
Theresa McComb Theresa McComb ... Wedding Guest
Catherine Dunne Catherine Dunne ... Wedding Guest
Kerrie Duggan Kerrie Duggan ... Wedding Guest


Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the I.R.A. in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working class neighborhood to resume his life as a boxer, fighting and opening a boxing club training aspiring boxers. Maggie has since married Danny's best friend, who is also imprisoned for his I.R.A. activities. Although he has not denounced the I.R.A. or denigrated his I.R.A. colleagues, Danny has decided to live a life free of political violence. His boxing club is nonsectarian, open to both Catholics and Protestants. This move irks some of his old I.R.A. colleagues since they feel working with the Protestants will not resolve their David versus Goliath struggle. Danny's old I.R.A. colleagues, especially their unofficial leader Harry, resort to traditional tactics of violence to stop Danny. Maggie's father, Joe, also an I.R.A. activist, ... Written by Artemis-9

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Love is always worth fighting for.


Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Eddie Carroll is the name of an actual Canadian hall-of-fame welterweight boxer who fought in the '30s and '40s. See more »


During the televised boxing match in Londonderry, no TV cameras are seen around the ring area. See more »


Joe Hamill: Grow up. Grow up! Stop living in the past and get your head into the future!
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Traditional tune with lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Weatherly)
[Incorrectly co-credited to Harold Samuel (as Samuel)]
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Worth a watch, yet disappointing...
21 July 2006 | by ryanbuchanan_82See all my reviews

Jim Sheridan and Daniel Day Lewis have teamed together in the the past creating exceptional films such as "In The Name of Father" and "My Left Foot", but, "The Boxer" unfortunately will not be added to that list. Though a decent movie and well worth watching, it just doesn't captivate like I'd hoped for. Daniel Day Lewis succeeds in portraying Danny Flynn, a former prestiged boxer and IRA member recently released from prison after a 14 year sentence. Upon his release his politics have changed and he seeks peace through training kids boxing at a local gym, much to the dismay of his former IRA "friends". Emily Watson plays his long lost and bitter lover, en-raged with him for leaving her. Both do fine jobs of acting but it feels like the chemistry just isn't there, plus, their history is never quite explained and leaves you frustrated at times. My real problem with the film is that Danny Flynn's character never truly develops, and all you really find out in this film is that he was a boxer, associated with the IRA and loves Emily Watson. It briefly tells that he was imprisoned for his involvement with the IRA, but never specifies. It's obvious Sheridan wanted to touch upon the theme of Prostestant and Catholics struggle in Northern Ireland to live with each other in harmony, but personally I feel he failed at doing so.

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Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,097, 4 January 1998

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