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The Fighter (I) (2010)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  17 December 2010 (USA)
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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 ...
Jill Quigg ...
Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund (as Kate O'Brien)
Paul Campbell ...


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.


Biography | Drama | Sport

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?


The young man who rushes into the restaurant to warn the Eklund-Ward family that Dicky is being beat up by the cops, is actually Sean Eklund, nephew of the real Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund and became New England Lightweight boxing champion in 2010. See more »


During the Shea Neary/Micky Ward fight, the boxers were weighed in at "10 stones 6 pounds" each. 10 stones equal 140 pounds. That would make them both Welterweights. In reality, they fought at Junior Welterweight (limit of 140 pounds). At the actual weigh in 2000, Neary weighed in at 139 pounds and Ward at 140 pounds, the limit for Jr. Welterweights. See more »


Mickey Ward: Alice, this is Charlene.
Charlene Fleming: Hi.
Alice Ward: I've heard a lot about you.
Charlene Fleming: Really? I've heard a lot about you, too.
Alice Ward: What's that supposed to mean?
Charlene Fleming: Same thing you meant.
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Crazy Credits

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


Paint The Town Red
Written by James Fintan McConnell
Performed by The Mahones
Courtesy of The Mahones/Whiskey Devil Records
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User Reviews

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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