The Fighter (2010) - Oscar Winner!
|Based On a True Strory.
|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|
"...entertaining from beginning to end... Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...as thoughtful as it is rousing... Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...a warrior's movie that rises to the bell. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteMark 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).
The Fighter - DVD Review
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Published on: 3/15/2011 5:00 AM
|David O. Russell's The Fighter is the type of movie you could enter at any point -- from the beginning, in the middle of the second act, near the end -- and, after five minutes, deduce what's already happened and what's about to happen next. "But predictability is a necessary component of the sports-movie genre," you'll argue. Tell that to Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese's groundbreaking boxing movie which Russell strives to emulate even though the screenplay he's been handed (credited to three writers) adheres too closely to the formulaic blueprint hammered out by Sylvester Stallone's Rocky nearly 35 years ago....read the full review|