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The Wrestler (2008)

The Wrestler

Overview


Genre

Drama, Action, Sport

Release Date

December 17, 2008 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

109 min.

Production Budget

$7 millions

Studio

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Darren Aronofsky

Producer

Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Eric Watson

Screenwriter

Robert D. Siegel

Starring

Story


Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey.

Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life - trying to reconnect with his daughter, and strikes up a blossoming romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy "The Ram" back into his world of wrestling.

Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home inside the ring.

Pictures (18 photos)


Mickey Rourke stars as Randy 'The Ram' Robinson in Fox Searchlight Pictures' The Wrestler (2008). Photo credit by Niko Tavernise.
Mickey Rourke stars as Randy 'The Ram' Robinson in Fox Searchlight Pictures' The Wrestler (2008). Photo credit by Niko Tavernise.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a bravura work of art..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..disarmingly sweet..”
by A.O. Scott [NY Times]
“..low-key, intimate, down to earth..”
by Kevin N. Laforest [Montreal Film Journal]