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"The Boxer"

Oodles of Academy Award veterans, beginning with Jim Sheridan, (The Name Of The Father, My Left Foot). Daniel Day- Lewis, writer Terry George and cinematographer Chris Menges and you really know you have a handful of talent. Jim Sheridan has almost made a career of the IRA. This time Day-Lewis returns from prison to Belfast, where peace is still a priceless commodity. He still is carrying the torch for his ex-love Emily Watson, (fresh from her stunning performance in "Breaking The Waves"). She now is married to another IRA man, now a prisoner. The law forbids that any cheating between a prisoner's wife is punishable by death. So the scene is set for dangerous liaisons.

Day-Lewis as Danny Boy Flynn seeks boxing as his game; a former featherweight champion Barry McGuigan trained him extensively for this picture. The love story is told sparingly with the entire testosterone zone getting a great deal of priority. Brian Cox as Emily Watson's father, a one time IRA leader who has done more than his share of killing, but is now ready for peace-making, is a character that you will long remember. The political overtones and the poignant personal history are almost overshadowed by the boxing scenes. You can easily get mired in the boxing ring when the arena of politics and the love story are really the reinforcements of this tale.

It is nice to note that last year's lovers of "Breaking The Waves" are doing so well in Hollywood, with Stellan Skarsgard, currently in "Good Will Hunting" and "Amistad". These are wonderful breaks for talented people.

The Boxer
Produced by: Jim Sheridan, Arthur Lappin
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
With: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley, Kenneth Cranham
Casting by: Nuala Moiselle
Music supervisor: Alex Steyermark
Muisc by: Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer
Edited by: Gerry Hambling
Customer designer: Joan Bergin
Production designer: Brian Morris
Director of photography: Chris Menges
Written by: Jim Sheridan, Terry George
Rated: R
Released 31 December 1997

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Original Date Monday 12 January 1998
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