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

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Lex Lethal
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JAPW Promoter Larry Cohen
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Storyline

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.

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Drama | Sport

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

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30 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,714, 21 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,236,603, 10 May 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Margolis and Mickey Rourke both appeared together in Immortals (2011) where Mickey Rourke sets him on fire. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: When you live hard and you play hard and burn the candle at both ends... in this life, you can lose everything you love, everything that loves you. Alot of people told me that I'd never wrestle again, they said "he's washed up", "he's finished" , "he's a loser", "he's all through". You know what? The only ones gonna tell me when I'm through doing my thing, is you people here. You people here... you people here. You're my family.
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Black Light
Written by Kevin Huffman
Performed by Macon Greyson
Courtesy of Thirty Tigers
By Arrangement with The Orchard
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Amazing film that focuses on two often misjudged professions.
1 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Mickey Rourke returns to the big screen in Darren Aronofsky's brilliant character study, The Wrestler. Mickey Rourke gained about 35 pounds of muscle to play Randy 'The Ram' Robinson and looks the part of an old beaten down wrestler. Aronofsky creates a cold atmosphere that leaves the audience feeling as old and depressed as Rourke's character. The Wrestler doesn't have the look or feel of any previous Aronofsky film, it is mainly hand-held and has a gritty look to it that gives it a documentary feel. This film sucked me in. I really felt for the main character. I felt his pain and anger throughout the film. I felt his desperation. When a film has you reflecting the emotions expressed on the screen then it has accomplished something. I also appreciated that the story focused on two professions that are frowned upon in society, that being professional wrestling and stripping. Both professions are linked in the film and has the audience realize how similar they are. We also see the hardship of carrying out such a profession. I really enjoyed this film and had the pleasure of meeting the director after the showing. I was most impressed with him and can't wait till this film gets released.


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