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Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in The Fighter

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One of the top Oscar hopefuls this year is The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. It's the story of Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his stepbrother Dickie Eklund (played by Christian Bale) from Boston, Ma. For those of you who don't know, Irish Micky Ward was a light welterweight contender best known for his three exciting bouts with the late great Arturo Gatti. Eklund was a fighter as well and once sent Sugar Ray Leonard to the canvas before succumbing to a serious crack habit that derailed his career. The film is directed by one of my favorite directors David O. Russell (Three Kings, Flirting With Disaster) and along with Wahlberg and Bale, the film also features Amy Adams and the underrated Melissa Leo.

Boxing pics have historically been a tough sell, but I have high hopes for this one. »

- Bill Cody

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