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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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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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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$93,571,803 (USA) (25 March 2011)
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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 »

Goofs

After Micky loses to Mike Mungin, which took place in 1988, he takes his girlfriend Charlene to see the film Belle Epoque. Belle Epoque was not released until 1992. See more »

Quotes

Dickie Eklund: [in reference to Charlene saying that Sugar Ray Leonard slipped] Hey, Mick, you think I knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard?
Mickey Ward: You went ten rounds. One of the best to ever do it. He couldn't hurt you. You were my hero.
Dickie Eklund: I was. I was.
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The real Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund are shown during the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.52 (2010) See more »

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Wicked outstanding film
22 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the film that David O'Russell and the cast and crew have outdone themselves on. the best way to say it is WIcked outstanding. It not only told the story of "Irish" Micky Ward, Dickie Eklund and the family aspect but was a credit to the real internal and external struggle of never giving up. "the fighter " does proper justice to the hardworking ways and the People of Mass and Boston areas.

In this film , the title has a double meaning as not only being a fighter as a boxer but speaks to many that in regular life that being "The Fighter" success can happen if you put the work in. The story does have strong female leads in this film that has never been shown in previous boxing based films. It is a cross over to both worlds ( male and female, Young and Old) and those that would usually skip a Boxing based film as it is much more then just that.

I was at screening of "The Fighter" in the Beverly Hills theater with Director David O'Russell and main Cast ( Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams ,Melissa Leo) The Director and cast show their love and passion for this film and how hard they all worked to make this possible in their very warm words and replies to the questions from the audience. In all , a class group of fine professionals and actors put their heart and soul into this one and I hope their efforts are well rewarded when it comes time to nominate and vote for Oscars.


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