The Boxer

Released 1997


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Jim Sheridan
The Boxer is a 1997 drama about a former boxer who becomes involved in a conflict with the IRA after being released from prison. After spending 14 years in jail, Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) returns to his hometown in Northern Ireland wanting nothing more than a peaceful life. He decides to open a boxing gym, hoping that it might prevent young boys in the neighborhood from getting involved in more violent pursuits. While renovating the gym, Danny discovers a large quantity of explosives being hidden by the IRA. Danny throws them away, drawing the ire of the local IRA boss, Harry (Gerard McSorley). At the same time, Danny rekindles a relationship with his old girlfriend, Maggie (Emily Watson), whom the IRA considers off-limits because her husband is an IRA member that is serving a prison term. The feud between Danny and the IRA quickly escalates to the point that a police officer is killed, a riot ensues and Danny's gym is burned to the ground. Things get even worse when the IRA decides that the only way to set things right is to kill Danny, too.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Day-Lewis, looking wearily rugged and battling his way through several plausible boxing matches, once again breathes fire into the character of a high-minded loner, and his vit...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Although it seems to borrow the pattern of the traditional boxing movie, the boxer here is not the usual self-destructive character, but the center of maturity and balance in a com...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Intelligently conceived and well- acted, this compact, straightforward drama about two ordinary people caught in the ongoing political crossfire packs enough punch to command audie...

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Drama, Sports


Love & Romance, Boxing