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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 & 123 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 ... 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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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 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, 12 December 2010

Gross USA:

$93,617,009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,190,869
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Bianca Hunter, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale stayed in character on the set, even when they were not filming. Hunter also said that the real Pork Eklund was on the set, and told Hunter that she did not like how she was being portrayed. See more »

Goofs

While Dicky is walking to Charlene's house the sweat on his shirt disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dickie Eklund: Who used to be the pride of Lowell? Huh?
Dickie Eklund: [points at himself] Right here. Who's the pride of Lowell now?
Dickie Eklund: [points at Micky] Right there.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in La noche de...: Negociador (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Paint The Town Red
Written by James Fintan McConnell
Performed by The Mahones
Courtesy of The Mahones/Whiskey Devil Records
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The Fighter driven only by flawless performances.
3 March 2017 | by jcaesar-01251See all my reviews

Look, i like the film, I think it's awesome but I also think were the characters were played by less effective actors, this wouldn't be as awesome as it is. The biggest fault for me, is that the main character has less personality than most sports characters in sport films. Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) has a crackhead brother, former boxing great played flawlessly by Christian Bale, and he has manager-mom played by brilliant Melissa Leo. Mark Wahlberg has range, he is a good actor, but Mickey just fell flat for me. I wasn't invested much in Mickey so when the boxing matches came on, I didn't care much. But the performances by the backup cast are fantastic. If anything, that's worth the concession price.


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