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The Wrestler (2008)

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A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.



(as Robert Siegel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 56 wins & 83 nominations. See more awards »



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This is a drama about an aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, who now barely gets by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee. As he faces health problems that may end his wrestling career for good he attempts to come to terms with his life outside the ring: by working full time at the grocery store, trying to reconcile with the daughter he abandoned in childhood and forming a closer bond with a stripper he has romantic feelings for. He struggles with his new life and an offer of a high-profile rematch with his 1980s arch-nemesis, The Ayatollah, which may be his ticket back to stardom. Written by Matlock-6

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Love. Pain. Glory.


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El luchador  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$202,714 (USA) (19 December 2008)


$26,236,603 (USA) (8 May 2009)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scott Siegel, the actor who portrayed a steroids dealer in the film, was arrested a few months after the films release for steroids possession and assaulting federal officers. See more »


Randy is seen jumping up from his bed using both arms, after receiving a coronary artery bypass. If he really had his sternum bone cut he couldn't, or shouldn't lift anything with his arms over 5lbs for as long as it takes for his sternum bone to heal properly. See more »


Wayne: [Jokingly describing to Randy what the deli counter is like] It's an endless parade of horny housewives begging for your man meat.
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References The Passion of the Christ (2004) See more »


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The Return of Mickey Rourke
10 November 2008 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Very rarely an artistic come back is so pointed, so truthful and/or so honest. Mickey Rourke is extraordinary here and I can assure you, he'll break your heart. "It's not over until you (pointing at the audience) tell me its over" Who was saying that? Mickey Rourke himself or his character? Both, I think both. I felt a chill run down my spine, the kind of chill you feel when confronted by an unvarnished truth. Darren Aronofsky is definitely someone to watch and to follow. His characters face limit situations and he finds torturous paths for them to travel. What makes the whole thing endurable is the unmistakable signs of self awareness. In "The Wrestler" the painful meeting between Ram and his daughter (played by Evan Rachel Wood) have the overwhelming weight of the truth without a hint of sentimentality. As we are approaching Oscar season I imagine already a fight to the finish between Sean Penn for "Milk" and Mickey Rourke for "The Wrestler" They both deserve the highest accolade. What a year!

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