Mark Wahlberg) and his half-brother Dickie (Christian Bale) who helped train him for the world light welterweight title, despite being a broken down wreck himself.">

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Running Time:
1 hour, 54 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality. See all certifications Ľ

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This gripping, involving drama is a fine boxing film, but itís an even more, a compelling story of relationships worth fighting for. It's one of the best movies of the year.

Additional Info:
Mark Wahlberg ... Mickey Ward
Christian Bale ... Dickie Eklund
Amy Adams ... Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo ... Alice Ward
Jack McGee ... George Ward

The Fighter
Video/DVD. Title: The FighterThis is the real life story about the light welterweight boxer "Irish" Micky Ward ( Mark Wahlberg) and his talented but less-driven brother, Dickie (Christian Bale) as they train for Mickyís next fight in Lowell, Mass. Dickie, whose wild eyes all but shoot sparks, constantly repeats the story of the time he fought Sugar Ray Leonard and knocked him down. It was plainly the high point of his life, that has since gone into a precipitous decline.


Dickie's half-brother Micky is 10 years younger, in peak fighting condition, but with a career that seems to be going nowhere. The reason: Micky has left his management in the hands of his mother Alice (Melissa Leo) and Dickie, who are more interested in immediate paydays than developing Micky's career. When Micky is approached by a manager who offers to pay for his training, both Dickie and Alice badmouth the interloper, playing on Mickyís sense of family loyalty and guilt.


But when Micky gets pummeled by a much-larger opponent, substituted at the last minute in a fight that was supposed to put Micky on track for a title shot, he finally realizes that he has to make some management changes, but not before his brother gets in a police brawl and pulls Micky into it as well, getting his hand smashed by a police club as a result.


Dickie is taken away to prison and Micky reassesses his life and begins to get his career back on track. When Dickie finally gets out of prison he finds that Mickyís in line for a title shot because of strategy that Dickie gave him. But when Dickie wants to rejoin Micky's team there's a problem.


Director David O, Russell ("Three Kings") puts the viewer right in the ring with the fighters in each of the fights and Mark Wahlberg, who trained for four years before shooting the film, has all the the physique and all the moves to be totally credible as a boxer who has learned that strategy is as important as punching power. But it's Christian Bale who is the most memorable as the responsibility-shirking Dickie, whose commitment to Micky forces him to painfully finally get himself straightened out. And as the boys' mother Melissa Leo is a revalation. The three of them are completely believable as a family that has a lot of history that requires them to forgive, forget and move on. The Fighter might seem almost an unbelievable story if it werenít for the fact that the whole thing is true.





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