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The Wrestler (2008)

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

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Storyline

This is a drama about an aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, who now barely gets by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee. As he faces health problems that may end his wrestling career for good he attempts to come to terms with his life outside the ring: by working full time at the grocery store, trying to reconcile with the daughter he abandoned in childhood and forming a closer bond with a stripper he has romantic feelings for. He struggles with his new life and an offer of a high-profile rematch with his 1980s arch-nemesis, The Ayatollah, which may be his ticket back to stardom. Written by Matlock-6

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Taglines:

Love. Pain. Glory.

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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30 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El luchador  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,714, 21 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,236,603, 10 May 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Infinity Ward, the video game developer whose known for creating the "Call of Duty" series, was informed and honored from the mention of their title after an employee of the company went to an early screening of the film. See more »

Goofs

Prior to his last fight, whilst he is preparing, Randy is seen shaving his armpits. However, whilst at the fight venue, he can clearly be seen to have hair under his armpits. See more »

Quotes

[First Line]
WXW Announcer: and a true American, the people's hero... Randy "The Ram" Robinson!
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.101 (2010) See more »

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Written by Madonna, Stuart Price, and Joe Henry
Performed by Madonna
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Powerful Performance by Mickey Rourke
21 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

The authenticity is the hallmark of this movie combined with vivid cinematography and set design. An amazing career-best performance from Mickey Rourke and outstanding work by Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood, the film is very powerful and emotional. Again, an exceptional achievement by a true artist-Rourke. His performance is so penetrating, wise, and authentic that it deserves the Oscar. Randy "The Ram" Robinson was the biggest wrestler in the world, back in the 80s. Now it's 2008 and while things have changed, in his head he's stuck back in good old days. He's still wrestling, even though the money and his audiences are long gone. His aging body can no longer take the punishment. Aronofsky really captures the magic in Mickey's performance. It is the true essence of method acting. He is "The Ram".


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