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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.

Director:

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

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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 »

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Trivia

During the 2011 Academy Awards awards campaign, Melissa Leo financed and took out her own "For Your Consideration" ads for a Best Supporting Actress nomination; a first in Hollywood. The publicity move was viewed as controversial by many industry insiders, but it ultimately paid off for Leo, who not only was nominated, but won the Oscar. See more »

Goofs

When Dicky is running in the prison yard he appears to have a full head of hair, whereas in the rest of the movie he has a noticeable bald patch. See more »

Quotes

Neary Trainer: [during the press conference] In fact, we expected a much better fighter.
Mickey Ward: I'm just grateful to be here and have the opportunity. Thank you, guys, for the shot.
Reporter: Shea, who DO you respect as a fighter, and who'd you like to fight next?
Neary: I plan on moving right through Micky Ward tomorrow, moving on to other great fighters, like Gatti. Yeah, I believe Gatti and I'd make a great match.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 17 January 2011 (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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A winner!
27 December 2010 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent." Walt Whitman

Mark Wahlberg has achieved a career high with The Fighter, not so much for his acting, which is eclipsed by a supportive cast that would be hard to beat in the Oscar race, but because he fought for years to bring the story of Lowell, Mass. to the screen. He caught perfectly the blue-collar town's karma and their devotion to the fighting brothers, "Irish" Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale).

Director David O. Russell has assembled this cast around the idea that a town in the shadow of Boston can become world famous as its sons become winners in the ring. But then, Stallone did more for Philadelphia as Rocky, so what's the big deal? Like Ben Affleck's excellent thriller this year about Boston in The Town, Fighter captures place and struggle in equal dramatic measure as filmmakers take a close look at the working class's struggles over the last 30 years. While Million Dollar Baby (2004) focused on trainer and fighter and Cinderella Man (2005) gave a microscopic view of a troubled fighter and his small family, The Fighter does all of that with a vigor as exhausting as a bout itself.

The Fighter is not just about boxing because as in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980), it's all about people who find in the sport a way to transcend their social prison. In The Fighter, it is more even about family, which weighs heavily on Micky's success or failure. And outside family as well, for girlfriend, bartender Charlene Fleming (Amy Adams), is a formidable force in liberating Micky from the suffocating family (his five harpy sisters and domineering manager mother, Melissa Leo, fearsome in her cigarette smoke and driving vision for her sons). Unlike other boxing films, Fighter is patient with Micky's long climb to success, almost painfully long but rewarding in the reality of its prolonged struggle.

But it's also the acting that distinguishes it: Christian Bale as Dicky transforms himself again by losing weight and morphing into a manic brother who loves Micky despite Dicky's negative life of drugs and mania; Amy Adams is believable as the gritty but beautiful girl friend; and Melissa Leo plays mom like a lady Macbeth in tight Dockers.

Although there will be heavier films competing for 2010's Oscar, I can't think of another whose cast so eloquently has caught the poverty and riches of a town caught in boxing fever.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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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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2.35 : 1
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