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The Wrestler (1974)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | February 1974 (USA)
Promoting the world of professional wrestling at the expense of the plot itself, Frank Bass (Ed Asner) takes a stand and defends what he thinks is right. Gamblers, mobsters, unscrupulous ... See full summary »


James A. Westman (as Jim Westman)


Eugene Gump

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Frank Bass
Elaine Giftos ... Debbie
Verne Gagne Verne Gagne ... Mike Bullard
Billy Robinson Billy Robinson ... Billy Taylor
Jerry Wade Jerry Wade ... Himself
Don Muraco Don Muraco ... Himself (as Don Moraco)
Lord James Blears Lord James Blears ... Himself
Danny Hodge Danny Hodge ... Himself (as Dan Hodge)
Joe Scarpello Joe Scarpello ... Himself
Dick Afflis Dick Afflis ... Himself (as The Bruiser)
Dan Gable ... Himself
Vincent McMahon Vincent McMahon ... Himself
Reginald Lisowski Reginald Lisowski ... The Crusher (as The Crusher)
Dusty Rhodes Dusty Rhodes ... Himself
Ed McDaniel Ed McDaniel ... Himself (as Wahoo McDaniels)


Promoting the world of professional wrestling at the expense of the plot itself, Frank Bass (Ed Asner) takes a stand and defends what he thinks is right. Gamblers, mobsters, unscrupulous wrestlers, money-grubbing promoters, and fixers conspire to corrupt the industry, but Frank tries to make the game as honest and fair as it is his idealized vision. Frank's efforts climax as he promotes an over-the-hill champion in the final matches of his career. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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1.85 : 1
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The bulk of the cast is made up of wrestlers from the Minneapolis-based American Wrestling Association, which was owned by the film's producer, Verne Gagne. See more »

Crazy Credits

Professional wrestling legend Ric Flair is listed in the credits as "Rick Flair." This was made during the beginning years of Flair's career and he was trained by executive producer/star Verne Gagne. See more »


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Written by Howard Arthur
Sung by Mona Brandt, Pat McKee
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Best movie about pro wrestling
24 July 2007 | by CadorSee all my reviews

I saw a DVD copy of this movie in the cheap bin for $3 so I decided to buy a copy. I heard about it many years ago in wrestling magazines, and the general consensus was that it's considered to be a poor movie.

If the point of movies is to keep the audience entertained, then I think it succeeds. It is certainly better than the other kayfabe movies "No Holds Barred" and "Ready to Rumble" who seem to treat the subject matter with disrespect. I also liked it better than the other movies that break kayfabe, "Beyond the Mat" and "Wrestling with Shadows".

A lot of 1970s wrestling stars make appearances and cut pretty good promos, even though they are from well before my time: Dusty Rhodes and Superstar Billy Graham are the ones that stood out the most for me. I wish Ric Flair had a more prominent role, but in fairness, he was just a rookie then.

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