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
Filmed in part at Casa Grande High School. As the film portrayed the school in a negative light, the principal did not allow the name to be used. See more »
Whereas Sectionals, Districts or Regionals leading up to State Tournaments may be held in high school gyms, State Tournaments are large scale events held in coliseums, with multiple mats running simultaneously - not just one. Just about every seat would be filled, especially those nearest the action. You would not have a championship final where, looking past the boys on the mat, you'd see row upon row of empty seats. See more »
Do you know who I am?
Yeah, I know who you are.
I'm suckin' down to 126. I mean, you can imagine what I'm putting my body through to cut that weight; so, out of respect for the process, if you're afraid to fight me, tell me now.
I'm not afraid of you.
You have to say that. I get it. I have a full ride to Stanford, if I want.
I would say it's a bit more than luck. You see, when I want something, I don't stop until I get it.
Good work ethic.
You know what I really want?
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American Wrestler is yet another underdog sports movie, based on a true story. Ali Jahani escapes from Iran during the Iranian revolution and comes to a hostile USA, as racism against Iranians is rising due to the hostage crisis. Fitting in at a new school is difficult, he tries out for a team to fit in, sticks at wrestling and starts winning, gaining respect and being accepted.
So, what makes this one worth watching? The lead performance by George Kosturos is extremely strong, portraying the different emotions Ali is feeling as he's making his way through. Jon Voight and William Fichtner also bring their characters to life and mostly well rounded.
The script is also a strength for the most part. While there are some cringeworthy scenes (the school bully is overdone), in general the script keeps moving and is engaging.
As noted, however, there are some down sides in some of the side characters, and in how believable some of the events are. The movie is clearly based on a true story, not a true story in itself.
It's not a movie that has to be witnessed, but it shouldn't be ignored either.
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