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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 »

Director:

James A. Westman (as Jim Westman)

Writer:

Eugene Gump
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Cast

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)
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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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Karate Killers vs Wrestling Champs See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrestler: The Main Event See more »

Filming Locations:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The promoters that Frank meets with regarding the "Super Bowl" are the real promoters of the National Wrestling Alliance, including WWF founder Vincent McMahon Sr. 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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I wish I could get a copy of this
11 August 2000 | by gregory.sharrowSee all my reviews

I saw this when it came out in 1973 in a theater. I was about 11 then and enjoyed wrestling. A classic good vs evil tale with a couple mild twists. It wasn't the best plot/acting/presentation but somehow the combination worked. If you like old school 'rassling' then you will enjoy this movie.

P.S. I wonder how Ed Asner got involved in this (he was a pretty big star back then)


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