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The Wrestler -- A powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, ex-professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke), who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home -- inside the ring.
The Wrestler -- A drama centered on retired professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson as he makes his way through the independent circuit, trying to get back in the game for one final showdown with his former rival.
The Wrestler -- Clip: The first 5 minutes of the film
The Wrestler -- Behind the scenes: Make-up ladies
The Wrestler -- Danny Boyle discusses how he acquired the rights to the Hindo version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" with director Darren Aronofsky.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Robert D. Siegel (written by)
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Release Date:
30 January 2009 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Love. Pain. Glory.
Plot:
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 68 wins & 71 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mickey Rourke ... Randy 'The Ram' Robinson

Marisa Tomei ... Cassidy

Evan Rachel Wood ... Stephanie

Mark Margolis ... Lenny

Todd Barry ... Wayne

Wass Stevens ... Nick Volpe

Judah Friedlander ... Scott Brumberg

Ernest Miller ... The Ayatollah
Dylan Keith Summers ... Necro Butcher (as Dylan Summers)
Tommy Farra ... Tommy Rotten
Mike Miller ... Lex Lethal

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Admissions Desk Woman

John D'Leo ... Adam

Ajay Naidu ... Medic

Gregg Bello ... JAPW Promoter Larry Cohen
Scott Siegel ... Greg

Maurizio Ferrigno ... Spotter

Donnetta Lavinia Grays ... Jen
Andrea Langi ... Alyssa

Armin Amiri ... Dr. Moayedizadeh
Vale Anoai ... Pharmacist (as Lynn Tovale Anoa'i)
Ryan Lynn ... Strip Club Best Man

Michael Drayer ... Strip Club Bachelor
Alyssa Bresnahan ... Cheeques Bartender

Jeff Chena ... Hotel Bartender

Vernon Campbell ... Big Chris (as Vernon W. Campbell)

Felice Choi ... Beautician
Bernadette Penotti ... Tanning Salon Owner
Johnny Valiant ... The Legend Johnny Valiant

Ron Killings ... Ron 'The Truth' Killings

Giovanni Roselli ... Romeo Roselli

Robert D. Siegel ... Autograph Fan #1 (as Robert Siegel)
Scott Franklin ... Autograph Fan #2

Sylvia Kauders ... Hudson Acres Lady at Deli Counter
Alissa Reisler ... Young Housewife at Deli Counter
Willy Rosner ... Touchdown Man at Deli Counter
Rebecca Darke ... German Potato Salad Lady at Deli Counter

E.J. Carroll ... Teamster at Deli Counter
Abraham Aronofsky ... Annoyed Man at Deli Counter
Charlotte Aronofsky ... Annoyed Woman at Deli Counter

T.J. Kedzierski ... Jameson (as T.J. Kedzieerski)
Jen Cohn ... Get a Room Lady
Tyrone Scott ... WXW Announcer (as Maven Bentley)
Douglas Crosby ... WXW Referee
Larry Mercer ... CZW Announcer (as Larry Legend)
Nick Papagiorgio ... CZW Referee (as Nick Papagerio)

Kevin Kelly ... ROH Announcer (as Kevin Foote)

Jon Trosky ... ROH Referee
Andrew Anderson ... Wrestler

Daniel Solwold ... Wrestler (as Austin Aries)
Brian Heffron ... Wrestler (as Blue Meanie)
Nicky Benz ... Wrestler
Brolly ... Wrestler
Lamar Braxton Porter ... Wrestler

Claudio Castagnoli ... Wrestler (as Claudio Castignoli)
Cobian ... Wrestler
Doc Daniels ... Wrestler
Bobby Dempsey ... Wrestler
Billy Dream ... Wrestler
Rob Eckos ... Wrestler
Nate Hatred ... Wrestler
Kit Cope ... Wrestler (as Havoc)
David John Markland ... Wrestler (as DJ Hyde)
Danny Gimondo ... Wrestler (as Inferno)

Jess Liaudin ... Wrestler (as Joker)
Judas ... Wrestler
Kid U.S.A. ... Wrestler
Lloyd Anoai ... Wrestler (as LA Smooth)
Toa Maivia ... Wrestler (as Toa Mairie)
Kevin McDonald ... Wrestler (as Kevin Matthews)
Charles Renner ... Wrestler (as Devon Moore)
Pete Nixon ... Wrestler
Paul E. Normous ... Wrestler
Dimitrios Papadoniou ... Wrestler (as Papadon)
Darnell Kittiell ... Wrestler (as Sabian)
Jay Santana ... Wrestler
Sugga ... Wrestler
Alex Whybrow ... Wrestler (as Larry Sweeney)
Mark Pantalone ... Wrestler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Olivia Baseman ... Alyssa's Roommate (uncredited)

Sakinah Bingham ... Ring Girl (uncredited)
Peter Bond ... Pete Nixon (uncredited)

Matt Cannon ... Crazy Fan (uncredited)

Peter Conboy ... Fans at Table (uncredited)
Mike Coughlin ... Promoter (uncredited)

Brandon DiCamillo ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Bennett Dunn ... Ringside Fan (uncredited)
Anna-Karin Eskilsson ... Girl in Supermarket (uncredited)
Jonathan Feria-Moreno ... Wrestling Fan (uncredited)

Evan Ginzburg ... Fan at Convention (uncredited)
Richard Graves ... Fan (uncredited)

Joe Huu ... Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
Michael Anthony Joy ... Wrestling Fan (uncredited)

Cory Kastle ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Piper Kenny ... DJ (uncredited)
Henry Kwan ... Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
Marca Leigh ... Wrestling Fan (uncredited)

Jill Lord ... Autograph Mom (uncredited)

Michael Marino ... Medic #2 (uncredited)
Helena Mayhem ... Herself (uncredited)

Ryan McGonagle ... Wrestler (uncredited)

Kameron Omidian ... Front Row Fan (uncredited)

Robert Oppel ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Arthur E. Pittman Jr. ... Samoan Wrestler in CZW Locker Room (uncredited)
Joe Ruby ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Vincent James Russo ... Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
Eric Santamaria ... Vendor (uncredited)
Cameo Sherrell ... Ring Girl (uncredited)
Mathew Shoemaker ... Big Red (uncredited)
Erika Smith ... Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Thornton ... Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
Ryan Tygh ... Fan (uncredited)
Gabriel Valentino ... Patron (uncredited)

Ben Van Bergen ... Deli Customer (uncredited)

Bill Walters ... Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
Emmanuel Yarborough ... Sumo Wrestler (uncredited)
John Zandig ... Wrestler (uncredited)

Directed by
Darren Aronofsky 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert D. Siegel (written by) (as Robert Siegel)

Produced by
Darren Aronofsky .... producer
Scott Franklin .... producer
Evan Ginzburg .... associate producer
Ari Handel .... associate producer
Mark Heyman .... co-producer
Vincent Maraval .... executive producer
Agnès Mentre .... executive producer
Jennifer Roth .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Clint Mansell 
 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Weisblum 
 
Casting by
Suzanne Crowley 
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Tim Grimes 
 
Art Direction by
Matthew Munn 
 
Set Decoration by
Theo Sena 
 
Costume Design by
Amy Westcott 
 
Makeup Department
Judy Chin .... key makeup artist
Marjorie Durand .... key makeup artist
Chris Kelly .... prosthetics crew
Mandy Lyons .... hair dept head
John Maisano .... prosthetics crew
Michael Marino .... prosthetic makeup designer (as Mike Marino)
Eve Morrow .... makeup artist
Jeffrey Rebelo .... assistant hair stylist
Diana Sikes .... assistant hair stylist
Hayes Villandry .... prosthetics lab supervisor
Victor Lomeli .... hair colorist: Ms.Tomei (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Alexis Arnold .... production supervisor
Colleen Bachman .... post-production supervisor
Frank Murray .... production supervisor: Philadelphia
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcello Daciano .... first assistant director: second unit (as Mihalache Mihai)
Richard Graves .... first assistant director
Matt Lake .... second second assistant director
Brendan Walsh .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pastor Alvarado III .... set dresser
Junior Cyrus Baron .... props
Junior Cyrus Baron .... set dresser
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Paul Camarro .... set dresser
Travis Child .... camera scenic
Daniel Fisher .... assistant property master (as Dan Fisher)
Daniel Fisher .... assistant property master
Josue Clotaire Fleurimond .... conceptual designer
Dennis Franklin .... art assistant
David Scott Gagnon .... leadman
Craig Hench .... art intern
Akeo Ihara .... set dresser
Shane Ingersoll .... art production assistant
Hank Liebeskind .... set dresser
Michael Lee Nirenberg .... lead scenic artist
Hollywood Nick Pagani .... picture car wrangler
Eric Pastore .... set dresser
Tim Rossiter .... leadman
Selina van den Brink .... art department coordinator
 
Sound Department
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Brian Emrich .... sound designer
Brian Emrich .... sound supervisor
Dror Gescheit .... machine room operator
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator
Mike Howells .... adr recordist
Ken Ishii .... production sound mixer
Phil John .... loop artist
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor (as Daniel Korintus)
Yann Legay .... french dubbing recorder and mixer
Tony Martinez .... supervising adr editor
Tony Martinez .... supervising dialogue editor
Jordan O'Neill .... DTS Sound Mastering Engineer
Joe Origlieri .... sound mixer: second unit
Eliza Paley .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jacob Ribicoff .... sound designer
Jacob Ribicoff .... sound re-recording mixer
Jacob Ribicoff .... sound supervisor
Stuart Stanley .... foley editor
Eric Strausser .... assistant sound editor
Eric Strausser .... sound recordist
Bill Sweeney .... sound effects editor (as William Sweeney)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Vierhaus .... sound consultant: Dolby
Paul Yurt .... systems engineer
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Adam Avitabile .... flame artist
Chad Buehler .... digital compositor
Jessica Elvin .... conform editor
Randall Furino .... videogame programmer
Kristyn Hume .... main title sequence
Kristyn Hume .... videogame imagery
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate executive producer
Eric Leverenz .... digital retouching
Morgan Miller .... digital retouching
Jesse Morrow .... fire artist
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Joseph Ryals .... digital film scanning and recording
Chad Schott .... digital compositor
Dan Schrecker .... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Silverman .... digital film scanning and recording
Andy Simonson .... visual effects coordinator
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Niko Tavernise .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Heather Arthur .... stunts
Jonathan Arthur .... stunts
Jared Burke .... assistant stunt coordinator
Armond Cecere .... stunt double
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
Brandon DiCamillo .... stunts (as Brandon Dicamillo)
Rocco Forgione .... stunts
Rocco Forgione .... utility stunts
Robert Oppel .... stunts
Jon Trosky .... assistant stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ruark Behan .... grip
Travis Cadalzo .... second assistant camera
Howard J. Cournoyer .... moving light programmer
Nick Deeg .... second assistant camera: "b"camera
Jeffrey Dutemple .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Autumn Eakin .... additional second assistant camera
Michael Gallart .... rigging gaffer
Michael Gallart .... theatrical lighting director
Philip Gleason .... video assist operator
Aurore Guyot .... camera intern
Timothy Healy .... rigging gaffer
William Hines .... generator operator
Graham Klatt .... key rigging grip
William Louthe .... electrician
Doug Meils .... additional rigging electric
Jerad Molkenthin .... electrician
Peter Nolan .... camera operator
Malcolm A. Purnell .... first assistant camera
Edward Read .... light board programmer
Chris Skutch .... key grip
David Skutch .... gaffer
Niko Tavernise .... still photographer
James Temme .... rigging electrician
Daniel Wiener .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Lori Eastside .... casting associate
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Todd Feldman .... casting associate
Lindsay Graham .... casting associate
Jessica Kelly .... casting associate
Robert Oppel .... extras casting assistant
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arlynn Abseck .... set costumer
Estella Marie .... seamstress
Lenore Pemberton .... assistant costume designer
Steffany Bernstein Pratt .... costume supervisor (as Steffany Bernstein)
Nicci Schinman .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Victoria Anderson .... colorist assistant
Barry Blaschke .... post-production assistant
Dana Bloder .... digital intermediate producer
Don Ciana .... color timer
Pete Conlin .... post production
Jessica Elvin .... digital restoration
Charles Herzfeld .... post facility supervisor
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate executive producer
Richie Roefaro .... editorial assistant: Technicolor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Bobbie Thomas .... colorist: dailies
Kevin Vale .... digital film scanning and recording
Kenneth Wachtel .... first assistant editor
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
 
Location Management
Nate Braeuer .... assistant location manager
Abi Jackson .... key location assistant
Daniel Pollack .... location scout
Ryan Smith .... location manager
 
Music Department
Jim Black .... music supervisor
Dan Evans Farkas .... music editor
Geoff Foster .... score engineer & mixer
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Julie Greaux .... music licensing
Eric V. Hachikian .... composer: additional music
Gabe Hilfer .... music supervisor
Katia Lewin Jablonsky .... score mix assistant (as Katia Lewin)
Katia Lewin Jablonsky .... score mixing assistant (as Katia Lewin Palomo)
Clint Mansell .... musician: e-bow, additional guitar, bass, piano
Slash .... musician: guitar
Nigel Wiesehan .... assistant to composer
Nigel Wiesehan .... musician: percussion
Eve Nelson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain
Charlie Fay .... driver
Kenneth Garrison .... driver
Brett Michel .... driver
Vic Miech .... driver
 
Other crew
Afa Anoai .... wrestling trainer: Mr. Rourke (as Afa Anoa'i)
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Beverly Billin .... production coordinator
Susan Bliss .... post script services
Jason Booth .... key production assistant
Anna Bosco .... payroll accountant
Jeff Chena .... stand in: Mr Rourke
Kristyn DiPane .... mastering project manager
Daniel Druker .... personal trainer: Mr. Rourke
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor
Tom Farra .... trainer
Karin M. Gaarder .... assistant to Ms Tomei
Joanne Getson .... production secretary
Al Giordano .... caterer (2007)
Aurore Guyot .... office production assistant
Sean Hogan .... production accountant
Molly Irwin .... production assistant: first team
Andrew Jones .... production office intern
Rie Katagiri .... dance consultant: Ms. Tomei
Conor Kelly .... key production assistant
Kristen Konvitz .... assistant to agnes mentre
Misty La Vina .... dance consultant: Ms. Tomei (as Misty LaVina)
Michael J. Linowes .... legal counsel
Michael J. Linowes .... production legal
C.J. Maldonado .... adr loop artist
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... additional script supervisor
Soren Miltich .... production assistant
Matthew Monaco .... first assistant accountant
Susan Muir .... completion bond guarantor
Frank Murray .... production accountant
Jesse Ozeri .... set intern
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
Joe Proietto .... production office intern
Caryn Sarnicki .... set intern
Jeff Sedwick .... set intern
Mike Sime .... video playback engineer
Jennifer Sonnenfeld .... office production assistant
Jon Trosky .... trainer
Joseph Turner .... set production assistant
Katie Watson .... business representative: SAG
Sasa Watt .... production assistant
Henry Winnik .... locations intern
Justin Wolfson .... assistant: Mr. Rourke
Travis Wood .... assistant: Mr. Aronofsky
Igor Yankilevich .... set intern
Ryan Chatel .... production office intern: PROTOZOA Pictures (uncredited)
Liam Doyle .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tony Atlas .... thanks
Nikita Breznikov .... thanks
Dory Funk Jr. .... thanks
Shane Ingersoll .... special thanks
Ed Leslie .... thanks (as Brutus Beefcake)
Josip Peruzovic .... thanks (as Nikolai Volkoff)
Jason Reso .... thanks (as Jay Reso)
Johnny Rodz .... thanks
Axl Rose .... special thanks
Stuart Rosenberg .... in memory of
Richie Rotten .... thanks
Adrian Street .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wrestler" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use
Runtime:
109 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Australia:M (TV rating) | Austria:16 | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:Tous publics (with warning) | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:14 | Ireland:16 | Japan:R-15 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #44697)
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Trivia:
Only two days after its completion "The Wrestler" was screened on Venice Film Festival and walked off with the Golden Lion award for Best Picture. Mickey Rourke also would have walked off as Best Actor if the Venice jury chairman, director Wim Wenders, had had his way but Wenders' vigorous campaigning could not topple a longstanding festival rule which insists that one film is not allowed to win both awards. Rourke happily contented himself with finally being the star of a prize-winning picture.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the kids wake up Randy, he goes out of the van, the door closes without anyone closing it.See more »
Quotes:
[First Line]
WXW Announcer:and a true American, the people's hero... Randy "The Ram" Robinson!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Round and RoundSee more »

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305 out of 461 people found the following review useful.
Wow!!!, 8 September 2008
Author: kurt-haider from Eisenerz, Austria

I saw the movie at the world premiere in Venice and Mickey Rourke, Darren Aronofsky and other crew members were also in the audience. When the credits began, people were jumping out of their seats (including me) applauding and cheering for more than 15 minutes. It was really amazing. I have been a Rourke fan for 10 years now and to me Darren Aronofsky is one of the greatest directors of the last ten years. So when I entered the cinema my expectations were as high as never before. But this 40 Euro ticket was worth every cent. I never saw such a moving performance by "Sir Eddie Cook" who played Randy "the Ram" with such authenticity that I was paralyzed for almost two hours. And that's because Rourke isn't just playing "Ram", he IS "Ram", at least a part of him (there are many parallels to his real troubled past). Aronofsky really did a great job and really pushed the actors to their limits. It is amazing to see how a good director can turn such a simple story into one of the greatest movies I have ever seen (and I watch hundreds of movies). So everybody who grew up in the 80's with wrestling, hard rock and Nintendo or just loves movies should see this - at least ten times. God bless you Darren, Mickey and all the other crew members for the best cinema experience I have ever had. no doubt about it.

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