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This post contains Spoilers for the final scene of The Fighter. If you haven't seen the movie but plan to (and we suggest you do ), you probably should bookmark and come back watch this later. From Raging Bull to The Hurricane and Ali, boxing movies always tend to over dramatize the sport. They sort of have to because, by nature, boxing is usually a slow, cerebral back and forth with only moments of intense explosion. Fictional stories, like Rocky or The Champ, can get away with the over-the-top action but the non-fiction films have a smaller margin for error because the real fights are out there. For years, filmmakers have been getting away with dialing up the action but, in 2011, things aren't as easy. In today's digital world, with home editing equipment and YouTube so prevalent, non-fiction movies better be on guard. For example, YouTube user Kevin E. Lee  did »
- Germain Lussier
Photo: Paramount Pictures I'd heard David O. Russell's The Fighter was pretty close in terms of being factually accurate when it came to the true story of boxer Micky Ward. However, as Laremy Legel was putting together his top ten of 2010 he called me and we got into a discussion of a film's quality if it's based on a true story, but then fudges the facts. There were a few inaccuracies he came across in doing some online research, but most of what he came up with, we pretty much agreed, was most likely changed for narrative emphasis.
One example of this would be when Ward (Mark Wahlberg) faces Max Mungin as a late replacement early in the film. It is said Mungin outweighs Ward by almost 20 pounds when in actuality the difference was 8.5 pounds and Mungin was only 145 pounds, nowhere »
- Brad Brevet
2 items from 2011
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