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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

Darren Aronofsky was previously attached to direct, but left the production to work on Black Swan (2010). See more »

Goofs

The song "The Warrior's Code" by Dropkick Murphys is played when Micky Ward enters the ring before a match against Sanchez. The song, which did not came out until 2005, is about Micky Ward. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Ward: You didn't give a fuck if I got killed by Mungin; now, all of a sudden, you're worried Sanchez is gonna hurt me? Why? I mean, come on, Dick. 'Cause you're stuck in here and can't be the center of attention no more?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Cat Fights (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Sara Smile
Written and Performed by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Everyone involved in this film just made a fan of me
29 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Such a fully satisfying film is a rarity. A story of family, struggle, and love told with great humor, intelligence and heart. I've already seen it twice and am telling everyone I meet to be sure to catch it. I was blown away by Amy Adams' touching performance in JUNE BUG and by the raw beauty of Melissa Leo's work in FROZEN RIVER, but have been slow to distinguish among the crop of young male stars and directors who deserve to be household names. Christian BALE, MARK WAHLBERG, and David O. RUSSELL are names now branded in my consciousness. This season I've been stunned by the creative forces at work in films including SOCIAL NETWORK and JACK GOES BOATING, but for its overall achievement, this amazing film based on the true story of two boxers from Lowell, Massachusetts earns a championship. It is much more than just a fight film or a biopic though it certainly sweeps us into the drama of the boxing ring and quivers with the diamond gleam of truth. Bale's finely etched creation of Dicky and Wahlberg's extraordinary dual turn as producer and star in the role of Dicky's brother Micky should place both men front and center for Oscar nominations along with Russell who shaped the film with a keen sensitivity. Russel's team of artists including cinematographer, costume and sound design were all spot on in their respective contributions. Tho Leo and her gaggle of daughters struck me at first as verging on caricature, I quickly saw that they perfectly captured the family culture while providing a delicious comic motif.


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