The Fighter

The Fighter

Director: David O. Russell Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams


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Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work. David O. Russell directs from a script by 8 Mile's Scott Silver and Paul Attanasio (The Bourne Ultimatum).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2017
UPC: 0032429256805
Original Release: 2010
Source: Paramount
Sales rank: 21,428

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Micky Ward
Christian Bale Dicky Eklund
Amy Adams Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo Alice Ward
Jack McGee George Ward
Mickey O'Keefe Mickey O'Keefe
Melissa McMeekin "Little Alice" Eklund
Bianca Hunter Cathy "Pork" Eklund
Erica McDermott Cindy "Tar" Eklund
Jill Quigg Donna Eklund Jaynes
Dendrie Allyn Taylor Gail "Red Dog" Eklund
Kate O'Brien Phyllis "Beaver" Eklund
Jenna Lamia Sherri Ward
Frank Renzulli Sal Lanano
Paul Campbell Gary "Boo Boo" Giuffrida
Caitlin Dwyer Kasie Ward
Chanty Sok Karen
Ted Arcidi Lou Gold
Ross Bickell Mike Toma
Sean Malone Wolfie
Jose Antonio Rivera Gilberto Brown, aka Jose
Richard Farrell HBO Cameraman #1
Matthew Muzio HBO Cameraman #2
Steven Barkheimer HBO Producer
Art Ramalho Art Ramalho
Sugar Ray Leonard Sugar Ray Leonard
Jackson Nicoll Little Dicky
Alison Folland Laurie Carroll
Sean Doherty Jimmy (Laurie's Husband)
Sue Costello Becky
Thomas Benton Businessman
Ray Greenhalge Ray Ramalho
Tino Kimly Pran
Epifanio Melendez Carlos Garcia
Jeremiah Kissel Bald Businessman
Sean Eklund Man in Diner
Roeun Chea Chan
Brian Nguyen Brian
Rikki Kleiman Court Clerk
Michael Dell'orto WBU Commissioner
Paul Locke Reporter #1
Kim Carrell Reporter #2
Colin Hammell John Hyland
Dale Place Referee Mickey Vann
Eddie Lee Anderson Referee Joe Cortez
Joseph Lupino Referee Mitch Halpern
Bonnie Aarons Crackhead Bonnie
Walter Driscoll Court Officer
Matt Russell Photo Guy on Street
A. Joseph Denucci Man on Street #1
Richard A. Eklund Man on Street #2
George Michael Ward Man on Street #3
Richard Eklund Man on Street #4
Jack Greenhalge Man on Street #5
Kevin Paige Man on Street #6
David A. Ramalho Trainer
Ziad Akl Inmate
Simon Hamlin Movie Patron
Gerald Greenhalge Uncle Jerry
Matthew Russell Running Kid #1
Tommy Eklund Running Kid #2
Rita Mercier Woman on Street #1
Deborah Bolanger Woman on Street #2
Kerry Moore Woman on Street #3
Philip D. Herbert Micky's Cutman
Raul Vera Sanchez Trainer
Jack Lally Neary Trainer
Carlos L. Smith Sugar Ray Leonard Bodyguard
Jerrell Lee Fight Spectator #1
Hugh K. Long Fight Spectator #2
Catherine Lynn Stone Fan
Eric Weinstein Micky's Friend
Bo Cleary Cop
Anthony Molinari Neary
Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham Mike "Machine Gun" Mungin
Miguel Espino Alfonso Sanchez
Anthony 'Ace' Thomas Castillo
Brian Christensen Drunk Guy
Jen Weissenberg Drunk Girl

Technical Credits
David O. Russell Director
Darren Aronofsky Executive Producer
Dorothy Aufiero Producer
Laura Ballinger-Gardner Art Director
Judy Becker Production Designer
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Brook Score Composer
Lou DiBella Associate Producer
Keith Dorrington Executive Producer,Original Story
Eric Johnson Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Ken Halsband Co-producer
David Hoberman Producer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Ryan Kavanaugh Producer
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Todd Lieberman Producer
Pamela Martin Editor
Scott Silver Screenwriter
Paul Tamasy Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Hoyte van Hoytema Cinematographer
Leslie Varrelman Executive Producer
Mark Wahlberg Producer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeff G. Waxman Co-producer
Michele Ziegler Asst. Director

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The Fighter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Heard of this. It was really good. The performances especially.
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KaraLo More than 1 year ago
Best Movie of 2010 The Fighter is by far one of the best films released in 2010. From the beginning, The Fighter captured my attention and I fell in love with the film. This movie really has something for everyone to like. It's a family drama, love story, comedy, and sports tale all wrapped up into one great film. The cast really made the movie. You could tell how dedicated they were to their characters. For instance Christian Bale lost a lot of weight before shooting the film in order to portray drug-addict Dicky so well. Amy Adams was another actor who really portrayed her character well. It's amazing how she can go from a fairy tale princess to a tough foul mouthed woman. Mark Wahlberg was put through intense body building and boxing training before shooting because he refused to use a body double for the fight scenes. The real life Ward brothers had temporarily moved into Wahlberg's home before shooting so that Mark Wahlberg could learn from Micky and copy his speech and mannerisms. This just shows the immense dedication that was put into the film. Another great thing was that the movie really captured the raw emotions of the characters. Like many sports movies, The Fighter portrays the story of the underdog athlete. However unlike many underdogs, Micky never once doubts himself. He constantly pushes himself thanks to his girlfriend Charlene. Due to his constant perseverance and drive, Micky is a character you want to root for the entire film. His determination and drive are extremely inspiring to me. He never once thinks of himself as being the loser, in his eyes he is a winner which is something that pushes him to keep fighting despite the circumstances. Micky is also a character that I'm sure people can relate to. Despite all of the factors and odds against him, he wants to become something to be proud of. He does not want to be a nobody, that is going nowhere in life. I feel many people have been in positions where there are people in their life constantly holding them back from reaching their dreams but they keep going and succeed. The Fighter takes place in the run down town of Lowell, Massachusetts during the mid 80s. Both Dicky and Micky are considered celebrities of the town and I am sure since the December 2010 release of the film, the town itself is a bit of a celebrity. I love how director David Russell used all real locations in the film. The boxing matches were shot at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, and gym scenes were shot at Arthur Ramalho's West End Gym, one of the real-life facilities where Micky Ward had trained. This is just another aspect of what made the movie great. The Fighter is a true story so it was important to keep things consistent to the real story and I think David Russell did a great job at that. The Fighter was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, and took home two of them, Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Despite the dark family drama that is present in the film, there is some comedy added to it. This comedic relief can be specifically seen through the use of Micky and Dicky's seven sisters and their hate for Charlene. Also the love story that plays out between Charlene and Micky makes it a movie that also appeals to the female audience as well as the male audience. This is another reason why I say the movie has something for everyone. I recommend that everyone should purchase the DVD the Fighter. I enjoyed watching every minute of and I am sure every other viewer will.
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