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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 72 wins & 116 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Mickey O'Keefe ...
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Bianca Hunter ...
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Jill Quigg ...
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.

Genres:

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)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Christian Bale reportedly lost weight to achieve the very thin frame of Dicky Eklund by eating very little. He even went missing for hours at a time in preparation for his role. See more »

Goofs

When Dicky is running in the prison yard he appears to have a full head of hair, in previous scenes he has a noticeable bald patch. See more »

Quotes

Alice Ward: I'm sorry. I don't know who you are. Why are you talking?
Charlene Fleming: I'm Charlene. We just met. We're together. Do we need to do this again? Hi, I'm Charlene.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance Hall Days
Written by Darren Costin, Nick Feldman and Jack Hues
Performed by Wang Chung
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group
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Everyone involved in this film just made a fan of me
29 November 2010 | by 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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