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The Wrestler

  • Drama
  • 2008
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • 104 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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. With its unexpected jolts of humour - Robinson's first shift behind a supermarket deli counter is a deadpan delight - this is a brilliantly entertaining character piece.

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Credits

Cast

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Randy "The Ram" RobinsonMickey Rourke
Pam "Cassidy"Marisa Tomei
Stephanie RobinsonEvan Rachel Wood
LennyMark Margolis
The AyatollahErnest Miller (2)
WayneTodd Barry
Nick VolpeWass Stevens
Scott BrumbergJudah Friedlander
Necro ButcherDylan Summers
Tommy RottenTommy Farra

Crew

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DirectorDarren Aronofsky

Details

Theatrical distributor
Optimum
Released on
2009-01-16
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, a sex scene, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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