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The Fighter (2010) Poster

(I) (2010)

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Anachronisms 

The song "The Warrior's Code" by Dropkick Murphys is played when Micky Ward enters the ring before a match against Sanchez. The song, which did not came out until 2005, is about Micky Ward.
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Anachronisms 

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.
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The United State Postal Box pictured in the opening scenes has the new eagle symbol showing only the stylized head of the eagle and not the the eagle with the raised wings such as would be in the early 1990s when the film was based.
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When Dicky Eklund is released from prison (1998) and returns to the training center holding his son, the son sings "Ice Cream and Cake" (1999) by the Buckwheat Boyz.
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In one shot of Micky Ward's apartment, a bag of teriyaki Jack Links beef jerky can be seen on an end table. The design on this particular bag wasn't unveiled until Jack Links re-branded their company in 2005.
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When George Ward drives up to Charlene's apartment in his work truck when all the girls are fighting on the porch, you can see a 2011 vehicle inspection sticker in the bottom corner of his windshield.
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Micky Ward's fight with Alfonso Sanchez, depicted here as leading directly to the Shea Neary fight. Actually, it took place nearly three years earlier with Ward losing twice in the mean time.
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When Micky Ward takes Charlene to see the movie, in the background you can see a Citizens Bank. The logo, which is that of the Royal Bank of Scotland, wasn't adopted by Citizens until approximately 2005 or later, though the movie takes place in the 90s.
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Character error 

A sign on Charlene's apartment house warns that "Violaters [sic] Will Be Prosecuted."
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Continuity 

Micky Ward introduced before fight as having 20 KOs. He defeats opponent by KO - then introduced for a later fight as having only 20 KOs instead of 21.
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While Dicky is walking to Charlene's house the sweat on his shirt disappears and reappears between shots.
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When the family is all gathered in the living room, there is a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots sitting on the end table next to Micky Ward. Then it's gone when they cut back to him. Then it's back, then gone again.
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In the first round of the last fight, Micky Ward has blood running down his face. When the round ends, on the way to his corner the blood is gone.
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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.
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Factual errors 

In real life, Micky Ward was never knocked down during the fight with Shea Neary.
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In a montage, Ward is shown fighting boxers named Manetti, Collins and Hernandez. In real life, Ward never fought anyone by those names.
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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.
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Both Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund appear together in court before Dickie went to jail for multiple serious charges. In reality, Micky was arrested while interfering the arrest of Dickie, who committed a relatively minor offense.
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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.
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Steven Barkhimer (HBO Producer) is misspelled "Steven Barkheimer" in the credits.
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In real life, Alice Ward was not present at Micky's fight with Shea Neary.
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When Dicky is shown smoking crack, he's simply passed a bottle from which he inhales deeply: in reality, you would need a lighter to ignite the crack-rock on top of the bottle.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The song "Strip My Mind" by Red Hot Chili Peppers from 2006 is played during the montage of Micky's training and Dickie's prison stay. It's only incidental music, and not heard by the characters in the story.
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In the opening scene where Dicky Eklund and Micky Ward are walking through the streets while getting filmed, one of the onlookers has a tattoo with the 'new' NE Patriots logo. While probably an error, this logo was first used in 1993 the year this scene takes place in.
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Revealing mistakes 

Micky Ward does not have any tattoos throughout the film. However, one of Mark Wahlberg's tattoos (of Bob Marley on his left bicep) can be seen briefly under his shirt when he wakes up and stretches.
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