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The Fighter (2010)

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Based on the story of Micky Ward, a fledgling boxer who tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older boxing brother and get his own shot at greatness.

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David O. Russell

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Scott Silver (screenplay), Paul Tamasy (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 72 wins & 120 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Micky Ward
Christian Bale ... Dicky Eklund
Amy Adams ... Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo ... Alice Ward
Mickey O'Keefe Mickey O'Keefe ... Mickey O'Keefe
Jack McGee ... George Ward
Melissa McMeekin ... 'Little Alice' Eklund
Bianca Hunter ... Cathy 'Pork' Eklund
Erica McDermott ... Cindy 'Tar' Eklund
Jill Quigg Jill Quigg ... Donna Eklund Jaynes
Dendrie Taylor ... Gail 'Red Dog' Eklund
Kate B. O'Brien Kate B. O'Brien ... Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund (as Kate O'Brien)
Jenna Lamia ... Sherri Ward
Frank Renzulli ... Sal Lanano
Paul Campbell Paul Campbell ... Gary 'Boo Boo' Giuffrida
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Storyline

The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every dream deserves a fighting chance.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$300,010, 12 December 2010

Gross USA:

$93,617,009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,190,869
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Darren Aronofsky was previously attached to direct, but left the production to work on Black Swan (2010). See more »

Goofs

Micky Ward introduced before fight as having 20 KOs. He defeats opponent by KO - then introduced for a later fight as having only 20 KOs instead of 21. See more »

Quotes

Alice Ward: What are you doing opening your mouth in my kitchen? You owe me $200.
Sherri Ward: I said I was gonna pay you next week.
Alice Ward: I don't want another word outta you!
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Crazy Credits

The real Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund are shown during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.101 (2011) See more »

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I Started A Joke
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
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10 July 2015 | by joao-desousamirandaSee all my reviews

The Fighter is a biography about two brothers with modest beginnings in a small US city. Bale plays the older brother, a drug addict and a failed past in boxing practice. Mark Wahlberg is the younger brother, protagonist of the story and the sportsman's most successful in this dysfunctional family, though it be the cause of your lack of progress. Bale and Melissa Leo (played well a compliant and fanatic mother) won one Oscar with this film, but the role of Amy Adams is also relevant. Given the characteristics of the actors themselves, it would be hard to get better for the type of characters that exist in the film. I really liked the character of Amy Adams but Christian Bale's performance is awesome. One more character to remember.


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