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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

Art Ramalho's gym is the actual Lowell West End Gym, and not a set. This is in fact, where Micky Ward trained, and is still a functioning boxing gym to this day. See more »

Goofs

In a montage, Ward is shown fighting boxers named Manetti, Collins and Hernandez. In real life, Ward never fought anyone by those names. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Ward: I'm the one fighting, okay? Not you, not you, and not you.
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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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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Best Fights (2010) See more »

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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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Great direction and performances make this an excellent film
2 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Do we have a lot of sport films where the underdog ends up winning and overcoming many obstacles along the way until the end? Definitely. Does The Fighter succeed? Very much so...

For a film like this it is very difficult to make it completely unpredictable, yet while The Fighter is in a way conventional, it is also unpredictable many times. It has great characters to boot, but also a strong cast that is willing to give it their all. This is the best ensemble cast of the year,, many amazing performances. First, I start off with Mark Wahlberg, who has been the most under the radar, but he is definitely up for this. He is a great lead and I am surprised he was as good as he was. I am also very pleasantly surprised by Amy Adams. Not to say she is a bad actress, but I was always used to her roles all being similar and now she is in a completely different role for her, and to say she succeeds is an understatement. She is excellent, and is only made strong when sharing the screen with any other actor. Melissa Leo is also great, and I think she is on par with Adams. The difference between Adams and Leo is that Leo has the more award-baity role. Now we have Christian Bale, who I do think is the best. I have seen his performances and while he has always been good, he has never truly risen above others in his films, here he does. He is excellent, and he as of now deserves that Oscar.

David Russel's direction is part of what makes this film so great, He soars scenes to unbelievable heights and I think that the screenplay in another director's hands would have came out with a merely good film. But here, we have an excellent film, perhaps better than 2008's The Wrestler, and one of the best films of the year.


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