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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Micky Ward
... Dicky Eklund
... Charlene Fleming
... Alice Ward
Mickey O'Keefe ... Mickey O'Keefe
... George Ward
... 'Little Alice' Eklund
Bianca Hunter ... Cathy 'Pork' Eklund
... Cindy 'Tar' Eklund
Jill Quigg ... Donna Eklund Jaynes
... Gail 'Red Dog' Eklund
Kate B. O'Brien ... Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund (as Kate O'Brien)
... Sherri Ward
... Sal Lanano
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

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Every dream deserves a fighting chance.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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17 December 2010 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

During an interview with George Lopez, the real Micky Ward claimed Dickey Eklund particularly disliked the scene where Christian Bale leaps into a dumpster. According to Eklund, he actually jumped from a higher floor, and there was no dumpster to catch him. See more »

Goofs

The United State Postal Box pictured in the opening scenes has the new eagle symbol showing only the stylized head of the eagle and not the the eagle with the raised wings such as would be in the early 1990s when the film was based. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Ward: Why can't you just shut up and be happy for me? I spent the last ten years of my life in bad fights set up by you and Alice. I finally got a good thing going for me and you can't be fuckin' happy for me? Why?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Wolfpack (2015) See more »

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Back In The Saddle
Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
Performed by Aerosmith
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Wicked outstanding film
22 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is the film that David O'Russell and the cast and crew have outdone themselves on. the best way to say it is WIcked outstanding. It not only told the story of "Irish" Micky Ward, Dickie Eklund and the family aspect but was a credit to the real internal and external struggle of never giving up. "the fighter " does proper justice to the hardworking ways and the People of Mass and Boston areas.

In this film , the title has a double meaning as not only being a fighter as a boxer but speaks to many that in regular life that being "The Fighter" success can happen if you put the work in. The story does have strong female leads in this film that has never been shown in previous boxing based films. It is a cross over to both worlds ( male and female, Young and Old) and those that would usually skip a Boxing based film as it is much more then just that.

I was at screening of "The Fighter" in the Beverly Hills theater with Director David O'Russell and main Cast ( Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams ,Melissa Leo) The Director and cast show their love and passion for this film and how hard they all worked to make this possible in their very warm words and replies to the questions from the audience. In all , a class group of fine professionals and actors put their heart and soul into this one and I hope their efforts are well rewarded when it comes time to nominate and vote for Oscars.


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