Million Dollar Baby (2004) quotes

Director
Clint Eastwood.

Cast
Hilary Swank.
Clint Eastwood.
Morgan Freeman.

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

It wasn’t fault. I was wrong to say that.
Frankie Dunn
You damn right. I found you a fighter. You made her the best fighter she could be.
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
I killed her.
Frankie Dunn
Don’t say that. Maggie walked through that door with nothing buts 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-Iron Dupris

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-Iron Dupris

Momma, you take Mardell and JD and get home ‘fore I tell that lawyer there that you were so worried about your welfare you never signed those house papers like you were supposed to. So anytime I feel like it I can sell that house from under your fat, lazy, hillbilly ass. And if you ever come back, that’s exactly what I’ll do.
– Maggie Fitzgerald

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 getting nowhere 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

You got big holes in your socks.
Frankie Dunn
Oh, they’re not that big.
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
Didn’t I give you money for some new ones?
Frankie Dunn
These are my sleeping socks. My feet like a little air at night.
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
How come you’re wearing them in the daytime, then?
Frankie Dunn
‘Cause my daytime socks got too many holes in them.
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris

Anyone can lose one fight.
– Danger Barch

You forgot the rule. Now, what is the rule?
Frankie Dunn
Keep my left up?
Maggie Fitzgerald
Is to protect yourself at all times. Now, what is the rule?
Frankie Dunn
Protect myself at all times.
Maggie Fitzgerald
Good. Good.
Frankie Dunn

[to Maggie] All right. I’m gonna disconnect your air machine, then you’re gonna go to sleep. Then I’ll give you a shot, and you’ll… stay asleep. Mo cuishle means “My darling, my blood.”
– Frankie Dunn

She’s tough, I can’t go inside, I can’t get close enough to hit her.
Maggie Fitzgerald
You know why that is?
Frankie Dunn
Why?
Maggie Fitzgerald
Cause she’s a better fighter than you are, that’s why. She’s younger, she’s stronger, and she’s more experienced. Now, what are you gonna do about it?
Frankie Dunn
[Next round starts. Maggie knocks her out in few seconds]
Maggie Fitzgerald

I saw your last fight, Shawrelle. Spent so much time face down I thought the canvas had titties.
– Maggie Fitzgerald

Man says he loves me.
Maggie Fitzgerald
Well, he’s probably not the first one to say that.
Frankie Dunn
First since my daddy.
Maggie Fitzgerald
Hm.
Frankie Dunn
I win, you think he’ll propose?
Maggie Fitzgerald
You win, *I’ll* propose.
Frankie Dunn

Frankie likes to say that boxing is an unnatural act, that everything in boxing is backwards: sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is to step back… But step back too far and you ain’t fighting at all.
– Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris

I do have one favor to ask of you boss.
Maggie Fitzgerald
Anything you want.
Frankie Dunn
Remember what my daddy did for Axel?
Maggie Fitzgerald
[long pause] Don’t even think about that.
Frankie Dunn
I can’t be like this, Frankie. Not after what I’ve done. I’ve seen the world. People chanted my name. Well, not my name… some damn name you gave me. But they were chanting for me. I was in magazines. You think I ever dreamed that’d happen? I was born two pounds, one-and-a-half ounces. Daddy used to tell me I’d fight my way into this world, and I’d fight my way out. That’s all I wanna do, Frankie. I just don’t wanna fight you to do it. I got what I needed. I got it all. Don’t let ’em keep taking it away from me. Don’t let me lie here ’till I can’t hear those
Maggie Fitzgerald

What’s confusing you this week?
Father Horvak
Oh, it’s the same old “one God-three God” thing.
Frankie Dunn
Frankie, most people figure out by kindergarten it’s about faith.
Father Horvak
Is it sort of like Snap Crackle and Pop, all rolled into one big box?
Frankie Dunn
You’re standing outside my church, comparing God to Rice Krispies?
Father Horvak

Girlie, tough ain’t enough.
– Frankie Dunn

The body knows what fighters don’t: how to protect itself. A neck can only twist so far. Twist it just a hair more and the body says, “Hey, I’ll take it from here because you obviously don’t know what you’re doing… Lie down now, rest, and we’ll talk about this when you regain your senses.” It’s called the knockout mechanism.
– Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris

I’ve got nobody but you, Frankie.
Maggie Fitzgerald
Well, you’ve got me.
Frankie Dunn