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The Fighter


Overview - Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work. David O. Russell directs from a script by 8 MILE's Scott Silver and Paul Attanasio (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM).

Cast List

David O. Russell - Screenwriter/Director
Mark Kamine
Scott Silver - Director/Screenwriter
Happy Walters - TURN IT UP
Michael Brook - Composer
Paul Tamasy
Michele Ziegler
Ben Bray
Season Kent
Ray Siegle
Hoyt van Hoytema - Director of photography
Keith Dorrington
Eric Johnson - Screenwriter; Producer, ;
Christian Bale - Welsh actor, BATMAN BEGINS
Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham
Melissa Chessington Leo - American Actress
Melissa Leo - American Actress
Sugar Ray Leonard - American Boxer/Actor
Jack McGee - Actor/"Cool As Ice"
Frank Renzulli
Dendrie Allyn Taylor
Mark Wahlberg - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,
Marky Mark - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,
Alison Folland - Actress
Bo Cleary
Sue Costello
Amy Adams - Actress, JUNEBUG
Kate O'Brien
Bonnie Aarons
Ross Bickell
Ted Arcidi
Brian Christensen
Jenna Lamia
Jeremiah Kissel
Eric Weinstein
Matthew Muzio
Paul Campbell - 1990's actor
Anthony Molinari
Raul Vera
Sean Doherty
Jill Quigg
Sean Malone - Actor
Dale Place
Brian Nguyen
Jerrell Lee
Mickey O'Keefe
Melissa McMeekin
Bianca Hunter
Erica McDermott
Caitlin Dwyer
Chanty Sok
Jose Antonio Rivera
Richard Farrell - Actor, ;
Steven Barkheimer
Art Ramalho
Jackson Nicoll
Thomas Benton - Actor, ;
Ray Greenhalge
Tino Kimly
Epifanio Melendez
Sean Eklund
Roeun Chea
Rich Kleiman
Michael Dell'orto
Paul Locke
Kim Carrell
Colin Hammell
Eddie Lee Anderson
Joseph Lupino
Walter Driscoll
Matt Russell - Actor, ;
A. Joseph Denucci
Richard A. Eklund
George Michael Ward
Dicky Eklund Jr.
Jack Greenhalge
Kevin Paige
David A. Ramalho Sr.
Ziad Akl
Simon Hamlin
Gerald Greenhalge
Matthew Russell - Actor, ;
Tommy Eklund
Rita Mercier
Deborah Bolanger
Kerry Moore
Philip D. Herbert - Actor, ;
Jack Lally
Carlos L. Smith
Hugh K. Long
Catherine Lynn Stone - Actor, ;
Miguel Espino
Anthony Ace Thomas - Actor, ;
Jen Weissenberg

 
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  • UPC: 883929302123
  • Rating: R (MPAA)

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Substance Abuse
Family Life
Brothers
Drug Addiction
Boxers

 
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Reviews:
"[THE FIGHTER] is quick on its feet and packs a mighty punch....Mr. Bale's performance is astonishing, in part because he so completely conquers a daunting set of physical and psychological challenges." - 12/09/2010 New York Times


"Mr. Russell directed THE FIGHTER with furious energy -- the overlapping dialogue out-Altmans Robert Altman -- and an exuberant sense of place. The director has an unerring feel for his working class characters..." - 12/10/2010 Wall Street Journal


"Russell's jangly camera style meshes perfectly with Bale's tweaky energy. Bale is astounding as a strangely charismatic weasel, giving probably the best performance of his career." - 12/10/2010 USA Today


"[With] yet another splendid performance from Wahlberg, who stabilizes the picture by bringing his trademark masculine presence to bear as well as his deep knowledge of Ward and his socio-economic background." - 12/10/2010 Los Angeles Times


"A true-life rise-of-the-underdog boxing saga, directed with volatile handheld immediacy by David O. Russell....This one, as thoughtful as it is rousing, scores a TKO." -- Grade: A- - 12/08/2010 Entertainment Weekly


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Wahlberg lucked out big-time with Christian Bale. To watch these two dynamite actors spar is one of the purest pleasures of the movie season." - 12/09/2010 Rolling Stone


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "THE FIGHTER possesses the light-footed dexterity and spontaneity of the most sensitive pugilist, circling its characters with equal parts discretion and confrontational zeal." - 12/17/2010 Washington Post


"[Bale] transforms himself....Melissa Leo is merciless in her depiction of Alice..." - 12/15/2010 Chicago Sun-Times


"Bale's live-wire performance typifies the many major and minor elements that elevate the THE FIGHTER from the deeply conventional sports movie it might have been into the endearingly offbeat sports movie it turns out to be." - Grade: B+ - 12/09/2010 A.V. Club


Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2010" -- "Gifted director David O. Russell refs in high style." - 12/24/2010 Rolling Stone


4 stars out of 5 -- "Inspired, funky, filled with passion, THE FIGHTER is a boxing movie that everyone can love." - 03/01/2011 Total Film


4 stars out of 5 -- "THE FIGHTER proves that the boxing movie still has life. It also underlines just what a distinctive actor Bale has become." - 03/01/2011 Uncut

 
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