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The Fighter

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2010
  • David O Russell
  • 110 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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"Irish" Micky WardMark Wahlberg
Dicky EklundChristian Bale
Charlene FlemingAmy Adams
Alice WardMelissa Leo
George WardJack McGee
Alfonso SanchezMiguel Espino
Mike "Machine Gun" MunginPeter Cunningham
Shea NearyAnthony Molinari
CastilloAnthony "Ace" Thomas
Sugar Ray LeonardSugar Ray Leonard
Mickey O'KeefeMickey O'Keefe

Crew

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DirectorDavid O Russell

Details

Theatrical distributor
Momentum Pictures
Released on
2011-02-04
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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