The Boxer - Irish Film Festa

 
Ireland, UK, USA, 1997
Screening in collaboration with Universal Pictures International Italy

Director: Jim Sheridan; screenplay: Jim Sheridan, Terry George; boxing consultant: Barry McGuigan; cinematography: Chris Menges; editing: Gerry Hambling; music: Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer; production design: Brian Morris; costumes: Joan Bergin; casting: Nuala Moiselle; producers: Jim Sheridan, Arthur Lappin; production companies: Hell’s Kitcher, Universal Pictures; running time: 114’

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley, Eleanor Methven, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Lorraine Pilkington, Maria McDermottroe, Ian McElhinney

 

Synopsis

Released from prison after serving fourteen years, ex-IRA volunteer Danny Flynn returns to Belfast to revive his career as a boxer just when a ceasefire is about to be declared. He attempts to reopen a non-sectarian boxing club in his neighbourhood and reconnects with his old childhood sweetheart Maggie, now married to his best friend, who is still in prison for his IRA links. But the seemingly inescapable Troubles continue to threaten his hopes for a better life.