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The Boxer - Movie Synopsis & Plot

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A lullaby sung by a mother to her newborn drifts through an embattled village. Friends toast each other in clandestine meetings. Children play hide-and-seek among the rubble of deserted buildings. Neighbors in urban gang territory share backyard gossip. Lovers embrace on moonlit rooftops in brief respite from the violence below.

Wherever lives are played out under siege --- Sarajevo, Beirut, Somalia, South Central L.A. --- moments of joy seem all the more precious.

At such times, life is affirmed.

Danny and Maggie know how it feels. They have been drawn to each other since they were teenagers growing up in Belfast, but because of where they were born, their lives have been shaped by random danger. They have seen bullets shatter bedroom windows and bombs rip apart local pubs, and they are bound by ancient, unquestioning loyalty to the ties of blood, tribe and tradition. To violate such a code would be to willfully sacrifice what looks like their people's only hope.

Now, after 14 years in prison, former IRA member Danny is returning to the neighborhood where Maggie has managed to survive by marrying, and then raising a son by Danny's best friend. Ill at ease in the outside world, Danny is imploding from 14 years of seclusion. Cultural taboos and unwritten rules militate against Maggie and Danny. Friends, family and IRA members watch their every move, observing their forbidden glances.

But in the boxing ring, Danny is home. There, the rules provide a structure that the chaotic streets of Belfast cannot, and therefore offer him a way to communicate with dignity and, in the process, rebuild his life.

In the midst of turmoil. as Margie realizes she has never stopped caring for Danny, they begin to steal brief moments together-exchanging a look, a word, a touch. In a world where violence is a way of life, the most dangerous thing they can do is fall in love.

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