The Fighter

  • 15
  • David O Russell (2010)
  • US
  • 110 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Based on the career of welterweight boxing champ "Irish" Micky Ward, this rousing crowd-pleaser stars Mark Wahlberg as the fighter whose unlikely career took him from the working-class streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the heights of pugilistic fame. Director David O Russell expertly handles the shift from gritty realism to a triumph-against-the-odds Hollywood finale that really does justice to the story, delivering kinetic, exciting fight sequences and a peppering of humour along the way. Oscar-winning Christian Bale is a mass of crazy energy as Dicky Eklund, Micky's drug-addled half-brother and coach, who's determined to relive his own past success in the ring through his sibling. But it's Wahlberg's lower-key performance as the good-natured scrapper torn between family loyalty and a desire to take a shot at glory on his own terms that is the movie's real, and utterly irresistible, heart. This is easily the most shamelessly enjoyable boxing flick since Rocky.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning biographical drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Welterweight boxer "Irish" Micky Ward dreams of a shot at the big time, but loyalty to his dysfunctional family - particularly Dicky, his drug-addicted half-brother and coach - threatens to block his path to greatness.

Cast and crew


"Irish" Micky Ward
Mark Wahlberg
Dicky Eklund
Christian Bale
Charlene Fleming
Amy Adams
Alice Ward
Melissa Leo
George Ward
Jack McGee
Alfonso Sanchez
Miguel Espino
Mike "Machine Gun" Mungin
Peter Cunningham
Shea Neary
Anthony Molinari
Anthony "Ace" Thomas
Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard
Mickey O'Keefe
Mickey O'Keefe


David O Russell

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 4 Feb 2011
Certificate 15
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