6.0/10
151
14 user 1 critic

The Wrestler (1974)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | February 1974 (USA)
Promoting the world of professional wrestling at the expense of the plot itself, Frank Bass (Ed Asner) takes a stand and defends what he thinks is right. Gamblers, mobsters, unscrupulous ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Jim Westman)

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Body Slam (1986)
Comedy | Music | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!)... See full summary »

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Dirk Benedict, Tanya Roberts, Roddy Piper
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A documentary crew sets out to unravel one of professional wrestling's most closely guarded secrets: is former champion "Mad Dog" Joe DeCurso.

Director: Allan Holzman
Stars: Magic Schwarz, Steve Strong, Marilyn Dodds Frank
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Sexy young nurses apply special therapy in their daily rounds.

Director: Stephanie Rothman
Stars: Elaine Giftos, Karen Carlson, Brioni Farrell
The Wrestler (2008)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Frank Bass
...
Debbie
Verne Gagne ...
Mike Bullard
Billy Robinson ...
Jerry Wade ...
Himself
Don Muraco ...
Himself (as Don Moraco)
Lord James Blears ...
Himself
Danny Hodge ...
Himself (as Dan Hodge)
Joe Scarpello ...
Himself
Dick Afflis ...
Himself (as The Bruiser)
...
Himself
Vincent McMahon ...
Himself
Reginald Lisowski ...
The Crusher (as The Crusher)
Dusty Rhodes ...
Himself
Ed McDaniel ...
Himself (as Wahoo McDaniels)
Edit

Storyline

Promoting the world of professional wrestling at the expense of the plot itself, Frank Bass (Ed Asner) takes a stand and defends what he thinks is right. Gamblers, mobsters, unscrupulous wrestlers, money-grubbing promoters, and fixers conspire to corrupt the industry, but Frank tries to make the game as honest and fair as it is his idealized vision. Frank's efforts climax as he promotes an over-the-hill champion in the final matches of his career. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Athletes...? Actors...? Assassins...? See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

February 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bestione superstar  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The bulk of the cast is made up of wrestlers from the Minneapolis-based American Wrestling Association, which was owned by the film's producer, Verne Gagne. See more »

Crazy Credits

Professional wrestling legend Ric Flair is listed in the credits as "Rick Flair." This was made during the beginning years of Flair's career and he was trained by executive producer/star Verne Gagne. See more »

Soundtracks

I See Them
Written by Howard Arthur
Sung by Mona Brandt, Pat McKee
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Okay for Old-time nostalgics
26 April 2003 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't say this movie is great, nor the cinematography is good, but to see those wrestling legends of the former AWA at a time where wrestling was purely less artificial as it is today (even WWE's Vince McMahon late dad is there) is a treat. And Ed Asner really shooting in Minneapolis (instead of some Hollywood studio passing for this city's TV station...) is a change.

Most of the wrestling demonstrations here are interesting, reminescent of the old-style wrestling that most of us real wrestling fans miss today. Sad that the dramatic part and the script is poor, but the wrestling moves and seeing those old pros (majority is still alive today) are the only things saving this movie for being a total bore.

See it to realize that wrestling was even more fun on these days than all the superficial shows that are shown today. When Pro Wrestling was pro wrestling at its best !


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?