The Fighter

December 17th, 2010

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The Fighter

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A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.9/10 (103,184 voted)

Critic's Score: 79/100

Director: David O. Russell

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams

The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.

Writers: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy

Mark Wahlberg - Micky Ward
Christian Bale - Dicky Eklund
Amy Adams - Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo - Alice Ward
Mickey O'Keefe - Mickey O'Keefe
Jack McGee - George Ward
Melissa McMeekin - 'Little Alice' Eklund
Bianca Hunter - Cathy 'Pork' Eklund
Erica McDermott - Cindy 'Tar' Eklund
Jill Quigg - Donna Eklund Jaynes
Dendrie Taylor - Gail 'Red Dog' Eklund
Kate B. O'Brien - Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund (as Kate O'Brien)
Jenna Lamia - Sherri Ward
Frank Renzulli - Sal Lanano
Paul Campbell - Gary 'Boo Boo' Giuffrida

Taglines: Every dream deserves a fighting chance.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 17 December 2010

Filming Locations: Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $300,010 (USA) (12 December 2010) (4 Screens)

Gross: $129,190,869 (Worldwide) (31 March 2011)

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Did You Know?

The young man who rushes into the restaurant to warn the Eklund-Ward family that Dicky is being beat up by the cops, is actually Sean Eklund, nephew of the real Micky Ward and Dick Eklund and became New England Lightweight boxing champion in 2010.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The song "Strip My Mind" by Red Hot Chili Peppers from 2006 is played during the montage of Micky's training and Dickie's prison stay. It is heard only by the audience, not the characters in the story.

Mickey Ward: I'm the one who's fighting. Not you, not you, and not you.

User Review

Whalberg's Corner

Rating: 9/10

In many ways, "The Fighter" is the film of 2011. A family drama with a pugilistic background. The punches, physical and emotional in and out of the ring took me completely by surprise. What didn't surprise me was Mark Whalberg's signature all over the place. Let me explain: Many years ago I was at a lecture by director Martin Donovan when during the Q&A somebody made fun of the fact that Calvin Klein underwear model Marky Mark had played a part (his first acting role) in Donovan's made for TV "The Substitute" Donovan with elegance and firmness destroyed the guy asking the question, describing Whalberg's strengths and ended up saying "Mark Whalberg will be one of the top actors around and he will probably be running Hollywood within a decade" I had Donovan's words buzzing in my ears when I sat speechless watching "Boogie Nights". Whalberg also produced "Entourage" and the startling "In Treatment". He now produced "The Fighter" and his performance, interior and powerful, dominates the film allowing other members of the cast, to shine in truly showy roles, Christian Bale for instance - really good. Melissa Leo is a stand out as the mother/manager. Superb. So I won't be surprised to see Mark Whalberg receiving the top honors at the next Academy Awards, as an actor and producer. He certainly deserves it. Bravo!

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