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American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 16 May 2017 (USA)
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In 1980, a teenage boy escapes the unrest in Iran only to face more hostility in America, due to the hostage crisis. Determined to fit in, he joins the school's floundering wrestling team.

Director:

Alex Ranarivelo

Writers:

Ali Afshar (story by), Brian Rudnick (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kosturos ... Ali Jahani
William Fichtner ... Coach Plyler
Ali Afshar ... Hafez Tabad
Lia Marie Johnson ... Kristi Larsen
Gabriel Basso ... Jimmy Petersen
Jon Voight ... Principal Skinner
Sasha Feldman ... Dan 'Toad' Webster
Chase Mowen Chase Mowen ... Mike Thornhill
Kevin G. Schmidt ... Rowan Knox
Nicholas Guilak ... Pasha
Shannon Collis ... Wendy
Karina Andrews Karina Andrews ... Miss Larsen
Tony Panterra Tony Panterra ... Mr. Jahani
Salome Azizi ... Mrs. Jahani
John Asadi ... Truck Driver
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Storyline

In this inspiring tale based on true events, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. Living with his embittered uncle, the boy faces a mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. Rejected by everyone but determined to fit in, he joins the school's floundering wrestling team. With a chance to change how others see him, Ali must step up and learn to be a hero. Written by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images, language and thematic material
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Persian | French | Spanish

Release Date:

16 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Wrestler See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$0, 3 May 2017, Limited Release
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Diner scenes were filmed at Pete's Henny Penny Diner in Petaluma, California. See more »

Goofs

At the State tournament, the Cage Fighter logo can be seen on the back of Roman Knox's singlet. Cage Fighter apparel was not available in 1980 as it was not founded until 2007. See more »

Quotes

Coach Plyler: I mean, have you ever even wrestled before?
Ali: No, but I've endured more pain than anyone in this room.
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Connections

References Bosom Buddies (1980) See more »

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Turn Me Loose
Written by Paul Dean, Mike Reno
Performed by Loverboy
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Well written and great performances
22 May 2017 | by david jonesSee all my reviews

As a former high school wrestler in a small town this movie really resonates with me. Also very well written and believable for that period of time. If you like an underdog story and you like wrestling this movie is a 10/10 for you! Full of emotion, and good tense good old fashion high school themed beat downs. Its not that corny in the movie, but its really believable and great action and drama as well.


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