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The Boxer

The Boxer
The Boxer
The Boxer
  • R
  • 1h 53m
  • 1997
Certified Fresh80%
Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
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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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh80%
Critics Consensus: The Boxer is a standard drama that packs a true emotional wallop thanks to the highly tuned central performances.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Irish drama has violence, swearing, sectarianism.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Boxer is a powerful drama set in Northern Ireland during the final years of the "The Troubles" with sectarian violence and strong language. When former Provisional IRA member Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) returns home after 14 years in prison, he reconnects with his former girlfriend Maggie (Emily Watson) but also stokes tensions within his local community. Set during a turbulent period in Northern Ireland, there are conflicts about the peace process and scenes of violence, intimidation, and political unrest. There are multiple bloody injuries and deaths because of this, in addition to bloody boxing bouts which Danny competes in as part of an attempt to return to his own life. There is frequent strong language including variants of "f--k." There are also some scenes of smoking and drinking, and brief discussions of drug use and addiction. Danny's trainer, Ike (Ken Stott), drinks to excess with the suggestion being that he is living with an alcohol disorder.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 31, 1997
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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