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

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

In addition to having real professional wrestlers playing the wrestlers in the film, "The Mobster" was played by professional wrestler Sammy Menacker. He was formerly known as "Slammin' Sam Menacker." By the time this film was made, Menacker had retired from the ring but was still in the business as a host/commentator. 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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I See Them
Written by Howard Arthur
Sung by Mona Brandt, Pat McKee
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Good Nostalgic Fun for AWA Fans
24 August 2002 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

Mike Bullard the Champ is still on top and beating all contenders but is getting on in years. The promoter/lead character in this film is looking for a replacement and hopes he has found him a young talent named Billy Taylor.

Interesting curio from the 70s...a kayfabe pro wrestling film! As a lifelong wrestling fan I was quite amused to see real wrestlers were used in this film in their well-known wrestling personas. Billy Robinson appears as Billy Taylor and legendary AWA wrestling champ Verne Gagne appears as Mike Bullard. To an oldtime/old school wrestling fan, the film is fun to watch just to spot all the grapplers and to these fans the story will resonate. However, most everyone else will notice that the majority of the wrestlers involved here really cannot act and will probably find the wrestling scenes a bore and lose interest.


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