The Fighter

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The Fighter

David O Russell (2010)

110min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

Fact-based drama about boxer Micky Ward. He is initially trained by his brother, a former fighter who lost everything through drug addiction. Micky is persuaded to sever ties with his family after a series of disastrous fights, but when a shot at the world championship title presents itself, the brothers must reconcile to meet the challenge. With Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams and Oscar-winning performances from Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.

Cast & 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
Castillo Anthony "Ace" Thomas
Sugar Ray Leonard Sugar Ray Leonard
Mickey O'Keefe Mickey O'Keefe
Director David O Russell
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Momentum Pictures Guidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Feb 2011

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