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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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

Melissa Leo told David O. Russell that she was too young to play the mother of Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg's characters. Leo is eleven years older than Wahlberg and 14 years older than Bale. See more »

Goofs

Steven Barkhimer (HBO Producer) is misspelled "Steven Barkheimer" in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Ward: Alice, this is Charlene.
Charlene Fleming: Hi.
Alice Ward: I've heard a lot about you.
Charlene Fleming: Really? I've heard a lot about you, too.
Alice Ward: What's that supposed to mean?
Charlene Fleming: Same thing you meant.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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I Started A Joke
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
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Way overrated
10 January 2011 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a boxer who rises to stardom with the help of his half-brother, who is an ex-boxer that messes his career up by indulging in illicit drugs.

I was expecting something as emotionally gripping and touching as "The Wrestler", but "The Fighter" is nowhere near as good. "The Fighter" is so dialog heavy, and most of the time the dialog is just arguments or some unimportant nonsense. This constant babbling already put me off early into the film. The story itself is not engaging, the emotional highs and lows are not so pronounced. It just does not grip me and does not offer me an emotional ride. As a boxing film, "The Fighter" may work, but not as an Oscar worthy tearjerker.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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