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The Fighter (2010)

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A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

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Cast

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Mickey O'Keefe ...
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Donna Eklund Jaynes
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Kate B. O'Brien ...
Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund (as Kate O'Brien)
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Sal Lanano
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Gary 'Boo Boo' Giuffrida
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Storyline

The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime. Written by anonymous

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Every dream deserves a fighting chance.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 December 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$300,010, 10 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$93,617,009, 31 March 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,190,869, 31 March 2011
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Trivia

In the film, Christian Bale plays Dicky Eklund, who is seven years older than his half-brother Micky Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg. In reality, Wahlberg is three years Bale's senior. See more »

Goofs

Micky and Charlene are shown meeting before his fight with Mike Mungin which occurred in 1988. In real life, Micky and Charlene did not meet until 2000 around the time of his fight with Shea Neary. See more »

Quotes

Dickie Eklund: Who used to be the pride of Lowell? Huh?
Dickie Eklund: [points at himself] Right here. Who's the pride of Lowell now?
Dickie Eklund: [points at Micky] Right there.
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Crazy Credits

The real Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund are shown during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Days of Our Lives: Episode #1.11621 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Voices Carry
Written by Michael Hausman, Robert Holmes, Aimee Mann and Joseph Pesce
Performed by Til Tuesday
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Great direction and performances make this an excellent film
2 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Do we have a lot of sport films where the underdog ends up winning and overcoming many obstacles along the way until the end? Definitely. Does The Fighter succeed? Very much so...

For a film like this it is very difficult to make it completely unpredictable, yet while The Fighter is in a way conventional, it is also unpredictable many times. It has great characters to boot, but also a strong cast that is willing to give it their all. This is the best ensemble cast of the year,, many amazing performances. First, I start off with Mark Wahlberg, who has been the most under the radar, but he is definitely up for this. He is a great lead and I am surprised he was as good as he was. I am also very pleasantly surprised by Amy Adams. Not to say she is a bad actress, but I was always used to her roles all being similar and now she is in a completely different role for her, and to say she succeeds is an understatement. She is excellent, and is only made strong when sharing the screen with any other actor. Melissa Leo is also great, and I think she is on par with Adams. The difference between Adams and Leo is that Leo has the more award-baity role. Now we have Christian Bale, who I do think is the best. I have seen his performances and while he has always been good, he has never truly risen above others in his films, here he does. He is excellent, and he as of now deserves that Oscar.

David Russel's direction is part of what makes this film so great, He soars scenes to unbelievable heights and I think that the screenplay in another director's hands would have came out with a merely good film. But here, we have an excellent film, perhaps better than 2008's The Wrestler, and one of the best films of the year.


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