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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 58 wins & 91 nominations.
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Randy 'The Ram' Robinson
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Cassidy
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Stephanie
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Lenny
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Wayne
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Nick Volpe
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Scott Brumberg
Ernest Miller ...
The Ayatollah
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Necro Butcher (as Dylan Summers)
Tommy Farra ...
Tommy Rotten
Mike Miller ...
Lex Lethal
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Admissions Desk Woman
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Adam
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Medic
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JAPW Promoter Larry Cohen
Scott Siegel ...
Greg
Maurizio Ferrigno ...
Spotter
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Jen
Andrea Langi ...
Alyssa
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Dr. Moayedizadeh
Vale Anoai ...
Pharmacist (as Lynn Tovale Anoa'i)
Ryan Lynn ...
Strip Club Best Man
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Strip Club Bachelor
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Cheeques Bartender
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Hotel Bartender
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Big Chris (as Vernon W. Campbell)
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Beautician
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Tanning Salon Owner
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The Legend Johnny Valiant
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Ron 'The Truth' Killings
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Romeo Roselli
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Autograph Fan #1
Scott Franklin ...
Autograph Fan #2
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Hudson Acres Lady at Deli Counter
Alissa Reisler ...
Young Housewife at Deli Counter
Willy Rosner ...
Touchdown Man at Deli Counter
Rebecca Darke ...
German Potato Salad Lady at Deli Counter
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Teamster at Deli Counter
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Annoyed Man at Deli Counter
Charlotte Aronofsky ...
Annoyed Woman at Deli Counter
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Jameson (as T.J. Kedzieerski)
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Get a Room Lady
Tyrone Scott ...
WXW Announcer (as Maven Bentley)
Douglas Crosby ...
WXW Referee
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CZW Announcer (as Larry Legend)
Nick Tygielski ...
CZW Referee (as Nick Papagerio)
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ROH Announcer (as Kevin Foote)
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ROH Referee
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Wrestler
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Wrestler (as Austin Aries)
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Wrestler (as Blue Meanie)
Nicky Benz ...
Wrestler
Brolly ...
Wrestler
Lamar Braxton Porter ...
Wrestler
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Wrestler (as Claudio Castignoli)
Cobian ...
Wrestler
Doc Daniels ...
Wrestler
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Wrestler
Billy Dream ...
Wrestler
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Wrestler (as Rob Eckos)
Nate Hatred ...
Wrestler
Kit Cope ...
Wrestler (as Havoc)
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Wrestler (as DJ Hyde)
Danny Gimondo ...
Wrestler (as Inferno)
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Wrestler (as Joker)
Judas ...
Wrestler
Kid U.S.A. ...
Wrestler
Lloyd Anoai ...
Wrestler (as LA Smooth)
Toa Maivia ...
Wrestler (as Toa Mairie)
Kevin Matthew Mcdonald ...
Wrestler (as Kevin Matthews)
Charles Renner ...
Wrestler (as Devon Moore)
Pete Nixon ...
Wrestler
Paul E. Normous ...
Wrestler
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Wrestler (as Papadon)
Darnell Kittiell ...
Wrestler (as Sabian)
Jay Santana ...
Wrestler
Sugga ...
Wrestler
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Wrestler (as Larry Sweeney)
Mark Pantalone ...
Wrestler (as Whacks)
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Alyssa's Roommate (uncredited)
Sakinah Bingham ...
Ring Girl (uncredited)
Peter Bond ...
Pete Nixon (uncredited)
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Striper (uncredited)
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Fans at Table (uncredited)
Mike Coughlin ...
Promoter (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
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Ringside Fan (uncredited)
Anna-Karin Eskilsson ...
Girl in Supermarket (uncredited)
Jonathan Feria-Moreno ...
Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
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Fan at Convention (uncredited)
Richard Graves ...
Fan (uncredited)
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Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
Michael Anthony Joy ...
Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
David Juskow ...
Ring Announcer (uncredited)
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Wrestler (uncredited)
Piper Kenny ...
DJ (uncredited)
Henry Kwan ...
Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
Marca Leigh ...
Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
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Autograph Mom (uncredited)
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Medic #2 (uncredited)
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Fan (uncredited)
Helena Mayhem ...
Self (uncredited)
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Wrestler (uncredited)
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Mary (bartender) (uncredited)
Rafaela Ochoa ...
Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
Kameron Omidian ...
Front Row Fan (uncredited)
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Wrestler (uncredited)
Arthur E. Pittman Jr. ...
Samoan Wrestler in CZW Locker Room (uncredited)
Robert Rosen ...
Ring Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
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Wrestler (uncredited)
Vincent James Russo ...
Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
Eric Santamaria ...
Vendor (uncredited)
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Ring Girl (uncredited)
Mathew Shoemaker ...
Big Red (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Marlene Smith ...
Nurse with Needle (uncredited)
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Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
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Fan (uncredited)
Gabriel Valentino ...
Patron (uncredited)
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Deli Customer (uncredited)
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Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
Emmanuel Yarborough ...
Sumo Wrestler (uncredited)
John Zandig ...
Wrestler (uncredited)

Directed by

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Darren Aronofsky

Written by

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Robert Siegel ... (written by)

Produced by

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Darren Aronofsky ... producer
Scott Franklin ... producer
Evan Ginzburg ... associate producer
Ari Handel ... associate producer
David Harfield ... executive producer
Mark Heyman ... co-producer
Vincent Maraval ... executive producer
Agnès Mentre ... executive producer
Jennifer Roth ... executive producer

Music by

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Clint Mansell

Cinematography by

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Maryse Alberti

Film Editing by

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Andrew Weisblum

Editorial Department

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Victoria Anderson ... colorist assistant
Barry Blaschke ... post-production assistant
Susan Bliss ... post script services
Dana Bloder ... digital intermediate producer
Fred Chandler ... Post Production Executive
Don Ciana ... color timer
Pete Conlin ... post production
Jessica Elvin ... digital restoration
Charles Herzfeld ... post facility supervisor
Jonathan Hoffman ... post production
Barbara Jean Kearney ... digital intermediate executive producer
Richie Roefaro ... editorial assistant: Technicolor
Tim Stipan ... digital intermediate colorist
Bobbie Thomas ... colorist: dailies
Kevin Vale ... digital film scanning and recording
Kenneth Wachtel ... first assistant editor
Michael P. Whipple ... digital intermediate engineer

Casting By

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Suzanne Crowley
Mary Vernieu

Production Design by

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Tim Grimes

Art Direction by

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Matthew Munn

Set Decoration by

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Theo Sena

Costume Design by

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Amy Westcott

Makeup Department

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Judy Chin ... key makeup artist
Marjorie Durand ... key makeup artist
Chris Kelly ... prosthetics crew
Mandy Lyons ... hair department head
John Maisano ... prosthetics crew
Michael Marino ... prosthetic makeup designer (as Mike Marino)
Eve Morrow ... makeup artist
Jeffrey Rebelo ... assistant hair stylist
Diana Sikes ... key hair stylist
Hayes Villandry ... prosthetics lab supervisor
Victor Lomeli ... hair colorist: Ms.Tomei (uncredited)

Production Management

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Alexis Arnold ... production supervisor
Colleen Bachman ... post-production supervisor
Mike Coughlin ... production supervisor
Frank Murray ... production supervisor: Philadelphia

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Graves ... first assistant director
Matt Lake ... second second assistant director
Marius G Mihalache ... first assistant director: second unit
Brendan Walsh ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Pastor Alvarado III ... set dresser
Junior Cyrus Baron ... props / set dresser
Jeff Butcher ... property master
Paul Camarro ... set dresser
Travis Child ... camera scenic
Daniel Fisher ... assistant property master (as Dan Fisher) / assistant property master
Josue Clotaire Fleurimond ... conceptual designer
Dennis Franklin ... art assistant
David Scott Gagnon ... leadman
Craig Hench ... art intern
Akeo Ihara ... set dresser
Shane Ingersoll ... art production assistant
Hank Liebeskind ... set dresser
Michael Lee Nirenberg ... lead scenic artist
Hollywood Nick Pagani ... picture car wrangler
Eric Pastore ... set dresser
Tim Rossiter ... leadman
Selina van den Brink ... art department coordinator

Sound Department

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Roberto Cappannelli ... re-recording mixer
Ryan Collison ... foley engineer
Brian Emrich ... sound designer / sound supervisor
Dror Gescheit ... machine room operator
Anguibe Guindo ... boom operator
Mike Howells ... adr recordist
Ken Ishii ... production sound mixer
Phil John ... loop artist
Dan Korintus ... dialogue editor (as Daniel Korintus)
Yann Legay ... french dubbing recorder and mixer
Tony Martinez ... supervising adr editor / supervising dialogue editor
Jordan O'Neill ... dts sound mastering engineer
Joe Origlieri ... sound mixer: second unit
Eliza Paley ... sound effects editor
Jay Peck ... foley artist
Jacob Ribicoff ... re-recording mixer / sound designer / sound supervisor
Stuart Stanley ... foley editor
Eric Strausser ... assistant sound editor / sound recordist
Bill Sweeney ... sound effects editor (as William Sweeney)
Dominick Tavella ... re-recording mixer
Eric Vierhaus ... sound consultant: Dolby
Paul Yurt ... systems engineer
Phillip Fuller ... sound mix technician (uncredited)
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Drew Jiritano ... special effects
Andrew Mortelliti ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Adam Avitabile ... flame artist
Chad Buehler ... digital compositor
Jessica Elvin ... conform editor
Randall Furino ... videogame programmer
Kristyn Hume ... main title sequence / videogame imagery
Barbara Jean Kearney ... digital intermediate executive producer
Eric Leverenz ... digital retouching
Morgan Miller ... digital retouching
Jesse Morrow ... fire artist
Erin L. Nelson ... digital restoration
Joseph Ryals ... digital film scanning and recording
Chad Schott ... digital compositor
Dan Schrecker ... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Silverman ... digital film scanning and recording
Andy Simonson ... visual effects coordinator
Wilson Tang ... digital restoration
Niko Tavernise ... visual effects

Stunts

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Heather Arthur ... stunts
Jonathan Arthur ... stunts
Jared Burke ... assistant stunt coordinator
Armond Cecere ... stunt double
Douglas Crosby ... stunt coordinator
Brandon DiCamillo ... stunts
Rocco Forgione ... stunts / utility stunts
Robert Oppel ... stunts
Jon Trosky ... assistant stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ruark Behan ... grip
Travis Cadalzo ... second assistant camera
Howard J. Cournoyer ... moving light programmer
Nick Deeg ... second assistant camera: "b"camera
Jeffrey Dutemple ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Autumn Eakin ... additional second assistant camera
Michael Gallart ... rigging gaffer / theatrical lighting director
Philip Gleason ... video assist operator
Aurore Guyot ... camera intern
Timothy Healy ... rigging gaffer
William Hines ... generator operator
Graham Klatt ... key rigging grip
William Louthe ... electrician
Doug Meils ... additional rigging electric
Jerad Molkenthin ... electrician
Peter Nolan ... camera operator
Malcolm A. Purnell ... first assistant camera
Edward Read ... light board programmer
Chris Skutch ... key grip
David Skutch ... gaffer
Niko Tavernise ... still photographer
James Temme ... rigging electrician
Daniel Wiener ... second assistant camera

Casting Department

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Lori Eastside ... casting associate / extras casting
Todd Feldman ... casting associate
Lindsay Graham ... casting associate
Jessica Kelly ... casting associate
Abdul-Majeed Moulvi ... casting assistant
Robert Oppel ... extras casting assistant
Grant Wilfley ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Arlynn Abseck ... set costumer
Estella Marie ... seamstress
Lenore Pemberton ... assistant costume designer
Steffany Bernstein Pratt ... costume supervisor (as Steffany Bernstein)
Nicci Schinman ... set costumer

Location Management

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Nate Braeuer ... assistant location manager
Lauren Fritz ... assistant location manager
Abi Jackson ... key location assistant
Daniel Pollack ... location scout
Ryan Smith ... location manager
Jonathan Urband ... locations scout
Henry Winnik ... locations intern

Music Department

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Jim Black ... music supervisor
Dan Evans Farkas ... music editor
Geoff Foster ... score mixer / score recordist
Bruce Fowler ... orchestrator
Eric V. Hachikian ... composer: additional music
Gabe Hilfer ... music supervisor
Katia Lewin Jablonsky ... score mix assistant (as Katia Lewin)
Clint Mansell ... musician: e-bow, additional guitar, bass, piano
Slash ... musician: guitar
Nigel Wiesehan ... assistant to composer / musician: percussion
Julie Greaux ... music licensing (uncredited)
Robert Kraft ... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
Eve Nelson ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Stephanie A. Marquardt ... additional script supervisor
Anthony Pettine ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Jim Buckman ... transportation captain
Charlie Fay ... driver
Kenneth Garrison ... driver
Brett Michel ... driver
Vic Miech ... driver

Other crew

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Afa Anoai ... wrestling trainer: Mr. Rourke (as Afa Anoa'i)
Michael Barnes ... financial legal services
Beverly Billin ... production coordinator
Jason Booth ... key production assistant
Anna Bosco ... payroll accountant
Jeff Chena ... stand in: Mr Rourke
Kristyn DiPane ... mastering project manager
Daniel Druker ... personal trainer: Mr. Rourke
Maureen Duffy ... completion guarantor
Tom Farra ... trainer
Karin M. Gaarder ... assistant to Ms Tomei
Joanne Getson ... production secretary
Al Giordano ... caterer (2007)
Aurore Guyot ... office production assistant
Sean Hogan ... production accountant
Molly Irwin ... production assistant: first team
Andrew Jones ... production office intern
Rie Katagiri ... dance consultant: Ms. Tomei
Conor Kelly ... key production assistant
Kristen Konvitz ... assistant to agnes mentre
Misty La Vina ... dance consultant: Ms. Tomei (as Misty LaVina)
Michael J. Linowes ... legal counsel / production legal
C.J. Maldonado ... adr loop artist
Carole McGorrian ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc.
Soren Miltich ... production assistant
Matthew Monaco ... first assistant accountant
Susan Muir ... completion bond guarantor
Frank Murray ... production accountant
Jesse Ozeri ... set intern
Joe Proietto ... production office intern
Caryn Sarnicki ... set intern
Jeff Sedwick ... set intern
Mike Sime ... video playback engineer
Jennifer Sonnenfeld ... office production assistant
Jon Trosky ... trainer
Joseph Turner ... set production assistant
Katie Watson ... business representative: SAG
Sasa Watt ... production assistant
Justin Wolfson ... assistant: Mr. Rourke
Travis Wood ... assistant: Mr. Aronofsky
Igor Yankilevich ... set intern
Ryan Chatel ... production office intern: PROTOZOA Pictures (uncredited)
Liam Doyle ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Eric Adamz ... thanks
Afa Anoai ... the producers wish to thank: WXW and Wild Samoan Pro-Wrestling Center (as Afa Anoa'i)
Lynn Anoai ... the producers wish to thank: WXW and Wild Samoan Pro-Wrestling Center (as Lynn Anoa'i)
Tony Atlas ... thanks
Brian Balch ... thanks
Nikita Breznikov ... thanks
Terry Brunk ... thanks (as Sabu)
King Kong Bundy ... thanks
Gino Caruso ... thanks
John Corson ... the producers wish to thank: CZW
Antonio Cortes ... thanks (as Tony Cortes)
John Curse ... thanks
Glenn Delgado ... the producers wish to thank
Bobby Bold Eagle ... thanks
Flesh Eaters ... thanks (as The Flesh Eaters)
Sidney Eick ... the producers wish to thank: ROH
Scott Epstein ... thanks
Thomas Finer ... the producers wish to thank: Rahway Hospital
Serafina Fiore ... the producers wish to thank
Chris Ford ... thanks
Franco Frassetti ... thanks
Jay Jay French ... the producers wish to thank (as JJ)
Dory Funk Jr. ... thanks
Joey G. ... thanks
Ken Gelman ... thanks
Sheldon Goldberg ... thanks
Mike Greenblatt ... thanks
Abe Guzman ... thanks
Jonathan Hoffman ... the producers wish to thank: Orbit Digital
Anne Hubbell ... the producers wish to thank: Eastman Kodak
Shane Ingersoll ... the producers wish to thank
Kevin Johnston ... the producers wish to thank: Avid Technology
Marlon Kalkai ... thanks (as Marlon 'Tiger Khan' Kalkai)
Mambo King ... thanks (as The Mambo King)
Frank Ladeavia ... the producers wish to thank: JAPW
Ed Leslie ... thanks (as Brutus Beefcake)
Georgiann Makropoulos ... thanks
Donna Manusco ... the producers wish to thank: Rahway Hospital
Juan Marrero ... the producers wish to thank: Equinox
Memphitz ... the producers wish to thank
Scott Miller ... the producers wish to thank
Tony Pellicone ... thanks
Josip Peruzovic ... thanks (as Nikolai Volkoff)
Nicole Phillips ... the producers wish to thank: Eastman Kodak
Jim Powers ... thanks
Louie Ramos ... thanks (as Lowlife Louie Ramos)
Jay Reso ... thanks
Bobby Riedel ... thanks
Johnny Rodz ... thanks
John Rojas ... the producers wish to thank
Axl Rose ... very special thanks
Stuart Rosenberg ... in memory of
Richie Rotten ... thanks
Czarina Russell ... the producers wish to thank
Gabe Sapolsky ... thanks
Tyrone Scott ... the producers wish to thank: CZW
John Shane ... thanks (as Sure Thing John Shane)
Jeff Shapiro ... the producers wish to thank: JAPW
Cary Silkin ... thanks / the producers wish to thank: ROH
Bill Smyth ... the producers wish to thank: Able Equipment
Robert Smyth ... the producers wish to thank
Jimmy Snuka ... thanks (as Superfly Jimmy Snuka)
Paul Strawn ... the producers wish to thank: Avid Technology
Adrian Street ... the producers wish to thank (as Exotic Adrian Street)
Linda Street ... the producers wish to thank
Chris Tarantino ... the producers wish to thank
Kellan Thomas ... thanks
Twisted Sister ... the producers wish to thank
Glenn Ulrich ... the producers wish to thank: BWO
Greg Valentine ... thanks
Chad Weiner ... the producers wish to thank
Ronnie Weiner ... the producers wish to thank
Matt West ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Love. Pain. Glory. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Wrestler (Japan, English title)
  • The Wrestler - Ruhm, Liebe, Schmerz (Germany)
  • El luchador (Spain)
  • Maadleja (Estonia)
  • O Lutador (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $202,714, 21 Dec 2008
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $20,258,819, 01 Oct 2009

Did You Know?

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Trivia Mickey Rourke actually "blades" (cuts his own forehead with a razor) in this film to add realism to the role. This is also known by the wrestling term as "gigging," "getting color," or "juicing". See more »
Goofs Pam is a topless dancer at a bar in NJ that serves alcohol. However, in NJ, if a bar serves alcohol, the dancers must be clothed in at least a G-String and pasties and it's called a "Go-Go Bar". If a bar does not serve alcohol, the dancers can be nude. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Summer Special 2008/09 (2008). See more »
Soundtracks (Bang Your Head) Metal Health See more »
Quotes Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: I just want to tell you, I'm the one who was supposed to take care of everything. I'm the one who was supposed to make everything okay for everybody. It just didn't work out like that. And I left. I left you. You never did anything wrong. I used to try to forget about you. I used to try to pretend that you didn't exist, but I can't. You're my girl. You're my little girl. And now, I'm an old broken down piece of meat... and I'm alone. And I deserve to be all alone. I just don't want you to hate me.
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