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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