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The Wrestler (2008)

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A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 57 wins & 86 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Randy 'The Ram' Robinson
... Cassidy
... Stephanie
... Lenny
... Wayne
... Nick Volpe
... Scott Brumberg
Ernest Miller ... The Ayatollah
Dylan Keith Summers ... Necro Butcher (as Dylan Summers)
Tommy Farra ... Tommy Rotten
Mike Miller ... Lex Lethal
... Admissions Desk Woman
... Adam
... Medic
... JAPW Promoter Larry Cohen
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This is a drama about an aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, who now barely gets by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee. As he faces health problems that may end his wrestling career for good he attempts to come to terms with his life outside the ring: by working full time at the grocery store, trying to reconcile with the daughter he abandoned in childhood and forming a closer bond with a stripper he has romantic feelings for. He struggles with his new life and an offer of a high-profile rematch with his 1980s arch-nemesis, The Ayatollah, which may be his ticket back to stardom. Written by Matlock-6

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Love. Pain. Glory.

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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30 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El luchador  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,714, 21 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,236,603, 10 May 2009
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Trivia

Contrary to prior reports that Mickey Rourke didn't get paid at all to appear in this film (which would have been a violation of union rules), a profile of Darren Aronofsky in the March 17, 2014, issue of the New Yorker mentioned that Rourke did end up being paid a hundred thousand dollars for the role, and he asked to receive some of that salary in cash in a brown paper bag. See more »

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Poster for the match between The Ram and the Ayatollah reads Saturday, April 6, 1989. April 6, 1989, was in fact a Thursday. See more »

Quotes

Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: Hey, this is supposed to say 'Randy'.
Wayne: I guess personnel just got it off your W-4.
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: WAYNE!... Do I gotta wear it?
Wayne: No... you're special.
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: WAYNE!... Can they fix it?
Wayne: Just wear the fucking thing, ok?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Dwayne Johnson/Ray LaMontagne (2009) See more »

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Soundtrack to a War
Written by Georg Dolivo, Robert Downes, Bryan Forsythe, Stefan Sigerson, and Jackie Enx
Performed by Rhino Bucket
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Indicative of Mickey Rourke's Career
29 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

The Wrestler is a very good drama filled with originality. The film follows a fictional character named Randy "Ram" Robinson whose a "has been" wrestler. His prime far behind him and continues to wrestle hoping to get back in the lime light.

The acting Mickey Rourke was quite good deserving his Oscar nomination. His feelings of loneliness and isolation is very heart felt and sad to watch. His search for some sort of love becomes far more important to him as wrestling now endangers his life. He attempts to reconcile with his daughter played by Evan Rachel Wood and takes a love interest in a stripper played very well by Marisa Tomei. Altogether it culminates into a very sad, open but yet satisfying ending. The authenticity of all the emotions could not be better displayed by any other actor than Mickey Rourke who like his character shares many experiences and hardships in order to get back to fame. It brings out an amazing amount of depth out of his character and simply pushes the film to that of the least a very good movie.

The direction of Darren Aronofsky and writing of Robert Siegel combined for an amazingly heart felt sympathy portrayal of a man. The movie is left open yet simultaneously feels as if its all we need to know. That we've gotten what we need to see and can figure out things for ourselves. The abrasive and gritty look of the movie only adds to the emotions felt for the character. Usually I would not mention this at all but Bruce Springsteen's song was a superb song for the movie as he always captures the scope of a movie and its complicity.

Hopefully this film will set up Mickey Rourke for more films to make as he has certainly convinced me here that hes worthy of more lead roles. His comeback story is compelling in that he was literally a forgotten soul up until this was made. He reputation had dispersed so much that it took years of searching for distributors from Darren Aronofsky that would accept Mickey Rourke as the lead actor. Well it certainly payed off and it shouldn't of been made any other way.


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