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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 overview, first billed only:
Mickey O'Keefe ...
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Jill Quigg ...
Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund (as Kate O'Brien)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fighter  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$300,010 (USA) (10 December 2010)


$93,571,803 (USA) (25 March 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the 2011 Academy Awards awards campaign, Melissa Leo financed and took out her own "For Your Consideration" ads for a Best Supporting Actress nomination; a first in Hollywood. The publicity move was viewed controversially among many industry insiders, but it ultimately paid off for Leo, who not only was nominated, but won the Oscar. See more »


While Dicky is walking to Charlene's house the sweat on his shirt disappears and reappears between shots. See more »


Neary Trainer: [during the press conference] In fact, we expected a much better fighter.
Mickey Ward: I'm just grateful to be here and have the opportunity. Thank you, guys, for the shot.
Reporter: Shea, who DO you respect as a fighter, and who'd you like to fight next?
Neary: I plan on moving right through Micky Ward tomorrow, moving on to other great fighters, like Gatti. Yeah, I believe Gatti and I'd make a great match.
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Crazy Credits

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


Back In The Saddle
Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
Performed by Aerosmith
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Everyone involved in this film just made a fan of me
29 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Such a fully satisfying film is a rarity. A story of family, struggle, and love told with great humor, intelligence and heart. I've already seen it twice and am telling everyone I meet to be sure to catch it. I was blown away by Amy Adams' touching performance in JUNE BUG and by the raw beauty of Melissa Leo's work in FROZEN RIVER, but have been slow to distinguish among the crop of young male stars and directors who deserve to be household names. Christian BALE, MARK WAHLBERG, and David O. RUSSELL are names now branded in my consciousness. This season I've been stunned by the creative forces at work in films including SOCIAL NETWORK and JACK GOES BOATING, but for its overall achievement, this amazing film based on the true story of two boxers from Lowell, Massachusetts earns a championship. It is much more than just a fight film or a biopic though it certainly sweeps us into the drama of the boxing ring and quivers with the diamond gleam of truth. Bale's finely etched creation of Dicky and Wahlberg's extraordinary dual turn as producer and star in the role of Dicky's brother Micky should place both men front and center for Oscar nominations along with Russell who shaped the film with a keen sensitivity. Russel's team of artists including cinematographer, costume and sound design were all spot on in their respective contributions. Tho Leo and her gaggle of daughters struck me at first as verging on caricature, I quickly saw that they perfectly captured the family culture while providing a delicious comic motif.

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