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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 »

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Frank Bass
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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)
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Himself
Vincent McMahon ...
Himself
Reginald Lisowski ...
The Crusher (as The Crusher)
Dusty Rhodes ...
Himself
Ed McDaniel ...
Himself (as Wahoo McDaniels)
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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

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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 »

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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 »

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Wrestling fans....
10 June 2006 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

...do NOT miss this.

You're basic 'get rid of he bad guys' plot built around a wrestling promotion. But that was just an excuse to fit in as many cameos as possible.

Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch beating up a bar full of martial arts men while boozing.

Crusher and Bruiser saving the day by beating up the gangsters.

Billy Robinson as a nice guy. (I heard he was a #$%& in real life.) And a young (Brown haired) Ric Flair in a 'blink and miss it' scene at a dinner table.

Verne Gagne looked OK in the lead. And Ed Asner did a great job in the main lead.

But the cameos make it.

Superstar Graham, Larry Henning, Jim Brunzell, Eddie Graham, Wilbur Snyder, Ray 'Crippler' Stevens...

...you got it.


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