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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:

The Wizard 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 championship match was filmed in a gymnasium on campus at Santa Rosa Junior College. 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

Hafez Tabad: They're not expecting anything from you. You will surprise them. That's how you will beat them, and I am going to teach you how to bust their faces.
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Followed by American Fighter See more »

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Music by Jamie Christopherson
Lyrics by Shani Rigsbee
Performed by Andy (feat. Shanti)
Courtesy of Cherokee Music Group
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Exceptional Film
17 May 2017 | by sarafinataSee all my reviews

Wonderful root-for-the-underdog movie. George Kosturos' portrayal of Ali was superior--the entire cast exceptional. The movie is about a newly-arrived teenage immigrant who becomes the brunt of prejudice in the time of the Iranian hostage crisis. It is a touching and inspirational sports story showing that tenacity and strength of character win out over adversity. I cried more than once and left the theater feeling inspired. Good for kids and adults.


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