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High on Crack Street scores the hits despite The Fighter's fancy footwork

The 1995 documentary about boxer-addict Dicky Eklund captures something missing in Christian Bale's mannered turn

The Fighter, David O Russell's Oscar-nominated true story of 90s boxer Micky Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg, is about a guy who slugs his way up from the tough streets of Lowell, Massachusetts. He has a troubled relationship with his half-brother and trainer Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), a former boxer who is now addicted to crack but who finally appears to confront his demons, at least partly as a result of a television documentary being made about him as the movie begins: we see the camera crew following Micky and Dicky around.

This documentary really did exist. Entitled High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell and directed by Maryann DeLeo and Richard Farrell, it was transmitted on Us TV in 1995 and is now available for free on the web.

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Liked The Fighter? Watch The Real Dicky Getting High on Crack Street

Fans of David O. Russell’s “The Fighter”, his critically acclaimed, real-story boxing drama starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, should check out Maryann DeLeo and Richard Farrell’s documentary “High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell”, which chronicles three childhood friends lost to drug addiction — one of whom just happens to be Dicky Eklund (played by Bale in the movie). The complete 60-minute documentary, which originally aired on HBO, is online for free. Check out a preview of the doc below. In blue-collar Lowell, Massachusetts, where disappearing industry has produced high unemployment, some residents have turned to crack for relief – only to see their dreams of a better life go up in smoke. High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell is a harrowing documentary chronicling 18 months in the lives of three crackhouse friends whose addiction has let them to crime and despair. Brenda, Dicki and Boo-Boo have
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