The Fighter

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Academy Award® Nominees Mark Wahlberg*(The Departed), Christian Bale** (The Dark Knight) and Amy Adams***(Doubt) star in this “remarkable†” film. Based on a true story, two brothers, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that has the power to reunite their fractured family and give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride. Micky Ward (Wahlberg) is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky (Bale), a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down - but the bond of blood may be their only chance for redemption. †Joe Morgenstern, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


Studio Paramount
SKU 219977040
UPC 097363459446
UPC 14 00097363459446
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2012
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note 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).
New York Times "[THE FIGHTER] is quick on its feet and packs a mighty punch....Mr. Bale's performance is astonishing, in part because he so completely conquers a daunting set of physical and psychological challenges." 12/09/2010
Wall Street Journal "Mr. Russell directed THE FIGHTER with furious energy -- the overlapping dialogue out-Altmans Robert Altman -- and an exuberant sense of place. The director has an unerring feel for his working class characters..." 12/10/2010
USA Today "Russell's jangly camera style meshes perfectly with Bale's tweaky energy. Bale is astounding as a strangely charismatic weasel, giving probably the best performance of his career." 12/10/2010
Los Angeles Times "[With] yet another splendid performance from Wahlberg, who stabilizes the picture by bringing his trademark masculine presence to bear as well as his deep knowledge of Ward and his socio-economic background." 12/10/2010
Entertainment Weekly "A true-life rise-of-the-underdog boxing saga, directed with volatile handheld immediacy by David O. Russell....This one, as thoughtful as it is rousing, scores a TKO." -- Grade: A- 12/08/2010
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Wahlberg lucked out big-time with Christian Bale. To watch these two dynamite actors spar is one of the purest pleasures of the movie season." 12/09/2010 ,Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2010" -- "Gifted director David O. Russell refs in high style." 12/24/2010
Washington Post 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "THE FIGHTER possesses the light-footed dexterity and spontaneity of the most sensitive pugilist, circling its characters with equal parts discretion and confrontational zeal." 12/17/2010
Chicago Sun-Times "[Bale] transforms himself....Melissa Leo is merciless in her depiction of Alice..." 12/15/2010
A.V. Club "Bale's live-wire performance typifies the many major and minor elements that elevate the THE FIGHTER from the deeply conventional sports movie it might have been into the endearingly offbeat sports movie it turns out to be." - Grade: B 12/09/2010
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Inspired, funky, filled with passion, THE FIGHTER is a boxing movie that everyone can love." 03/01/2011
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE FIGHTER proves that the boxing movie still has life. It also underlines just what a distinctive actor Bale has become." 03/01/2011
Amy Adams
Melissa Chessington Leo
Mark Wahlberg
Christian Bale
Cast & Crew
Amy Adams - Star
Melissa Chessington Leo - Star
Mark Wahlberg - Star
Christian Bale - Star
Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham - Co-Star
Alison Folland - Co-Star
Bo Cleary - Co-Star
Sue Costello - Co-Star
Sugar Ray Leonard - Co-Star
Jack McGee - Co-Star
Frank Renzulli - Co-Star
Dendrie Allyn Taylor - Co-Star
Mark Kamine - Production Manager/UPM
Scott Silver - Screenwriter
Happy Walters - Music Director
Michael Brook - Composer
Paul Tamasy - Story
Paul Tamasy - Screenwriter
Michele Ziegler - Assistant Director
Ben Bray - Stunt Coordinator
Season Kent - Music Director
Ray Siegle - Stunt Coordinator
Hoyt van Hoytema - Director of Photography
Keith Dorrington - Story
Eric Johnson - Story
Eric Johnson - Screenwriter
Kate O'Brien - Co-Star
Bonnie Aarons - Co-Star
Ross Bickell - Co-Star
Ted Arcidi - Co-Star
Brian Christensen - Co-Star
Jenna Lamia - Co-Star
Jeremiah Kissel - Co-Star
Eric Weinstein - Co-Star
Matthew Muzio - Co-Star
Paul Campbell - Co-Star
Anthony Molinari - Co-Star
Raul Vera - Co-Star
Sean Doherty - Co-Star
Jill Quigg - Co-Star
Sean Malone - Co-Star
Dale Place - Co-Star
Brian Nguyen - Co-Star
Jerrell Lee - Co-Star
Mickey O'Keefe - Co-Star
Melissa McMeekin - Co-Star
Bianca Hunter - Co-Star
Erica McDermott - Co-Star
Caitlin Dwyer - Co-Star
Chanty Sok - Co-Star
Jose Antonio Rivera - Co-Star
Richard Farrell - Co-Star
Steven Barkheimer - Co-Star
Art Ramalho - Co-Star
Jackson Nicoll - Co-Star
Thomas Benton - Co-Star
Ray Greenhalge - Co-Star
Tino Kimly - Co-Star
Epifanio Melendez - Co-Star
Sean Eklund - Co-Star
Roeun Chea - Co-Star
Rich Kleiman - Co-Star
Michael Dell'orto - Co-Star
Paul Locke - Co-Star
Kim Carrell - Co-Star
Colin Hammell - Co-Star
Eddie Lee Anderson - Co-Star
Joseph Lupino - Co-Star
Walter Driscoll - Co-Star
Matt Russell - Co-Star
A. Joseph Denucci - Co-Star
Richard A. Eklund - Co-Star
George Michael Ward - Co-Star
Richard Eklund Jr. - Co-Star
Jack Greenhalge - Co-Star
Kevin Paige - Co-Star
David A. Ramalho Sr. - Co-Star
Ziad Akl - Co-Star
Simon Hamlin - Co-Star
Gerald Greenhalge - Co-Star
Matthew Russell - Co-Star
Tommy Eklund - Co-Star
Rita Mercier - Co-Star
Deborah Bolanger - Co-Star
Kerry Moore - Co-Star
Philip D. Herbert - Co-Star
Jack Lally - Co-Star
Carlos L. Smith - Co-Star
Hugh K. Long - Co-Star
Catherine Lynn Stone - Co-Star
Miguel Espino - Co-Star
Anthony Ace Thomas - Co-Star
Jen Weissenberg - Co-Star
David O. Russell - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00097363459446
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review ...what makes the movie such a satisfying, emotionally rounded tale of pugilistic passion and family psychodrama is that the answer isn't as simple as it looks. Wahlberg, doing his soft-spoken/explosive sensitive-bruiser thing, is perfect as the young man who must consider dropping his dysfunctional clan to triumph in the ring. And Bale, cadaverous and google-eyed, with a jack-o'-lantern grin and an energy so manic it borders on the obscene, finally takes the compulsion toward Method eccentricity that's been driving him for close to a decade and makes it pay off. His Dicky is that rare thing: a wing nut with soul and a touch of tragedy, too. Melissa Leo, in a glue-spray bouffant, is vital as the kind of boxing-world stage mother who could kill a kid with love, and Amy Adams, as the bartender who becomes Micky's girlfriend, has a spot-on tough-chick allure. There's a certain predictability to The Fighter, yet that's part of the appeal of the fight genre. This one, as thoughtful as it is rousing, scores a TKO.
Reviewer Owen Gleiberman
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Variety
Review The best boxing movies aren't about the sport, but what happens outside the ropes. If "The Fighter" doesn't quite measure up to the greats, it's because director David O. Russell seems confused about what to do between bouts. Strangely, that unfocused quality -- vs. any breakthrough narrative angle -- gives the film its punch, injecting Russell's affectionately patronizing portrait of blue-collar pugs "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) with chaotic energy.
Reviewer Peter Debruge
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Adam Smith, Empire An exhilarating fight-flick that, like its scrappy central character, is impossible not to root for.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...entertaining from beginning to end...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly thoughtful as it is rousing...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a warrior's movie that rises to the bell.

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