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The Fighter (2010)

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Based on the story of Micky Ward, a fledgling boxer who tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older boxing brother and get his own shot at greatness.

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David O. Russell

Writers:

Scott Silver (screenplay), Paul Tamasy (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 72 wins & 116 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Micky Ward
Christian Bale ... Dicky Eklund
Amy Adams ... Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo ... Alice Ward
Mickey O'Keefe Mickey O'Keefe ... Mickey O'Keefe
Jack McGee ... George Ward
Melissa McMeekin ... 'Little Alice' Eklund
Bianca Hunter Bianca Hunter ... Cathy 'Pork' Eklund
Erica McDermott ... Cindy 'Tar' Eklund
Jill Quigg Jill Quigg ... Donna Eklund Jaynes
Dendrie Taylor ... Gail 'Red Dog' Eklund
Kate B. O'Brien Kate B. O'Brien ... Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund (as Kate O'Brien)
Jenna Lamia ... Sherri Ward
Frank Renzulli ... Sal Lanano
Paul Campbell Paul Campbell ... Gary 'Boo Boo' Giuffrida
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Storyline

The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every dream deserves a fighting chance.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighter See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$300,010, 10 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$93,617,009, 31 March 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,190,869, 31 March 2011
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Major studios in Hollywood declined to finance this movie, because of Paramount's enthusiasm of the material, the studio executed a right of first refusal. The script then ended up with producer Ryan Kavanaugh, who then re-worked it, to make it more accessible and family-friendly (Kavanaugh self-funded the twenty-five million dollar movie, including the marketing campaign). When it came to the distribution stage, Paramount beat three other studios, in a bidding contest, for video and theatrical distribution. See more »

Goofs

When George Ward drives up to Charlene's apartment in his work truck when all the girls are fighting on the porch, you can see a 2011 vehicle inspection sticker in the bottom corner of his windshield. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Ward: Don't use their nicknames.
Charlene Fleming: Rather not fuckin' call 'em anything.
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Crazy Credits

The real Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund are shown during the end credits. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.74 (2013) See more »

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Supporting Roles stole the limelight
15 March 2018 | by CarpeDiem12See all my reviews

This a great American family drama movie. Shows the ups and downs of a big crazy family with 2 boxers in the family. The big ''legend'' Bale and his young brother Wahlberg. This story is about how the younger brother who looks up to his crack addicted older ''legend' brother for guidance and advice, has to turn away from him and his toxic family to succeed in his boxing career.

It shows the struggles of a young fighter as he attempts to turn his life around after always living in the shadows of his brother. How he faces dilemma's when confronted with his family and newfound love interest (amy adams) about what is good for his career.

Walhberg does a good job with his role but the supporting cast take the cake. Bale, Melissa Leo and Adams all acted incredibly and are worthy of the awards. This just shows how well acted this whole film is.


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