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The Wrestler

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The Wrestler

Darren Aronofsky (2008)

104min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Mickey Rourke is simply perfect for the role of Randy "The Ram" Robinson in this remarkable, visceral tale of a washed-up wrestling star. Comparisons to Rourke's own spectacular fall from grace are unavoidable: he turned away from a promising Hollywood career to become a pro-boxer, which resulted in facial injuries, poor plastic surgery and regular bouts of unemployment. All perfect research then for Darren Aronofsky's low-key, almost documentary-style film. The plot sees Robinson taking bouts on the local circuit to pay the rent, then having to reach out to the few women in his empty life after a heart attack forces him to retire from the ring. Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), a stripper, wants to be there for him but is torn by her policy on refusing to date clients, while his angry, abandoned daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) takes a lot more convincing. And still he keeps alive the hope of a final, redemptive comeback bout. It may sound dour, but Rourke gives the role a lovely, flaky humanity, and some unexpected jolts of humour - Robinson's first shift behind a supermarket deli counter is a deadpan delight - make this a brilliantly entertaining character piece.

Summary

An ageing wrestler who was a big star in the 1980s is now long past his prime. When a heart attack forces him to bring his already flagging career to an end, he struggles to make a life for himself, trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter and forming a relationship with a stripper. Darren Aronofsky's drama, starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei.

Cast & Crew

Randy "The Ram" Robinson Mickey Rourke
Pam "Cassidy" Marisa Tomei
Stephanie Robinson Evan Rachel Wood
Lenny Mark Margolis
The Ayatollah Ernest Miller (2)
Wayne Todd Barry
Nick Volpe Wass Stevens
Scott Brumberg Judah Friedlander
Necro Butcher Dylan Summers
Tommy Rotten Tommy Farra
Director Darren Aronofsky
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Optimum Guidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 16 Jan 2009

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