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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.

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Alex Ranarivelo

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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 ... 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 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 | See all certifications »
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USA

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English | Persian | French | Spanish

Release Date:

16 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Wrestler: The Wizard See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jon Voigt's character shares a name with a character from The Simpsons (1989): Principal Skinner. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hafez Tabad: When the hero fights the dragon, is he worried about hurting the beast? No. He takes his sword and drives it straight into its heart, and the crowd loves him for it.
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Followed by American Fighter See more »

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Inspirational
31 March 2019 | by tnsmileSee all my reviews

This is an inspirational film and I am glad that I watched it. I will ask my kids to watch it, for several reasons not to go into on imdb - but it is well done for a movie of its type. A good showing from the characters and a "real" story. I liked it.


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