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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mickey Rourke was always the first choice for the role, but due to his erratic nature and reputation, the original financing for the film fell through. See more »


Prior to his last fight, whilst he is preparing, Randy is seen shaving his armpits. However, whilst at the fight venue, he can clearly be seen to have hair under his armpits. See more »


Cassidy: [to Ram, as she touches his scars and after he shows her some of the scars he has accumulated throughout his career] He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
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Featured in The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009) See more »


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Written and Performed by Takbir Bashir
Courtesy of Bok Music and Beatz N Mash Productions
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User Reviews

Powerful Performance by Mickey Rourke
21 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The authenticity is the hallmark of this movie combined with vivid cinematography and set design. An amazing career-best performance from Mickey Rourke and outstanding work by Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood, the film is very powerful and emotional. Again, an exceptional achievement by a true artist-Rourke. His performance is so penetrating, wise, and authentic that it deserves the Oscar. Randy "The Ram" Robinson was the biggest wrestler in the world, back in the 80s. Now it's 2008 and while things have changed, in his head he's stuck back in good old days. He's still wrestling, even though the money and his audiences are long gone. His aging body can no longer take the punishment. Aronofsky really captures the magic in Mickey's performance. It is the true essence of method acting. He is "The Ram".

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