MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 8,342 this week

The Wrestler (1974)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  February 1974 (USA)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 129 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 1 critic

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:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5687 titles
created 27 Oct 2011
 
a list of 50 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 
a list of 216 titles
created 13 Jan 2012
 
a list of 62 titles
created 22 Jun 2012
 
a list of 475 titles
created 18 Feb 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Wrestler" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Wrestler (1974)

The Wrestler (1974) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Wrestler.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

T.R. Baskin (1971)
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Candice Bergen, Peter Boyle, James Caan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An publisher insinuates himself into the mouldering mansion of the centenarian lover of a renowned but long-dead poet in order to find his lost love letters.

Director: Martin Gabel
Stars: Robert Cummings, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: William Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas
Whirlpool (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Famous Wrestlers are pitted against hordes of undead when they unknowingly walk into a death trap.

Director: Cody Knotts
Stars: Roddy Piper, Jim Duggan, Matt Hardy
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A mild-mannered schoolteacher in a Nazi occupied town during WWII finds himself being torn between collaboration and resistance.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, George Sanders
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

The crew of a space ship confronts an evil galactic ruler out to rule the universe.

Director: Bitto Albertini
Stars: Sherry Buchanan, Fausto Di Bella, Don Powell
Space Rage (1985)
Action | Sci-Fi | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

In this sci-fi/western film set two hundred years from now, a bank robber, Grange is captured and sentenced to the penal colony on the mining planet Proxima Centauri 3 where he meets ... See full summary »

Director: Conrad E. Palmisano
Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Michael Paré, John Laughlin
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A private detective is hired to find a woman who has apparently been murdered in a snuff film. It turns out the woman's not dead, but very much alive, and he gets sucked into a torrid ... See full summary »

Director: Atsushi Yamatoya
Stars: Miki Watari, Yûichi Minato, Shôhei Yamamoto
Body Slam (1986)
Comedy | Music | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 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
AWA All-Star Wrestling (1960–1990)
Action | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Syndicated series featuring wrestling matches as promoted by the American Wrestling Association (AWA).

Stars: Gene Okerlund, Jaianto Baba, Ox Baker
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Frank Bass
Elaine Giftos ...
Debbie
Verne Gagne ...
Mike Bullard
Billy Robinson ...
Billy Taylor
Jerry Wade ...
Himself
Don Muraco ...
Himself (as Don Moraco)
Lord 'Tally Ho' Blears ...
Himself (as Lord James Blears)
Danny Hodge ...
Himself (as Dan Hodge)
Joe Scarpello ...
Himself
Dick Afflis ...
Himself (as The Bruiser)
Dan Gable ...
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
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

What a shock!!!
21 April 2001 | by (Suburbs of Tulsa, OK) – See all my reviews

I have been a fan of pro wrestling for well over 15 years and have seen other wrestling movies like "Body Slam" and "Grunt-The Wrestling Movie". I had always heard of "The Wrestler" starring Ed Asner and of course I could never find a copy to rent. Imagine my surprise when I found several copies of it in a $3 bin at a local Wal-Mart! Well, needless to say I bought it, even though I had never seen the flick. It is a great movie for all wrestling fans!


6 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
2008 film The Wrestler clive-ihd
Was this a made-for-TV movie? jeffeastwood15
Discuss The Wrestler (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?