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The Fighter

David O. Russell's 2010 film chronicling the rise of an up and coming boxer and his drug addict ex-boxer brother.

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The Fighter Will Keep You Interested, Just Like Rocky Did.

  • Mar 9, 2011
It is not too often lately that my wife and I  get a chance to see a movie, so when this came to our local theater we decided to take the night off from school work and just plain work. So, if you liked the movie Rocky then you will love this true story, The Fighter is rated "R" and lasts for just a shade under two hours. This movie starring Mark Wahlberg who portrays Micky Ward, who's rise to stardom mimics the Rocky movies a little bit. Micky goes through all of the trials and tribulations of trying to make a go of a fighting career with a lot of injuries. The other fighter that stands out is Micky's half brother Christian Bale who portrays Dicky Ekland, who is also the earlier boxing star and champ. Just like in the rocky movies the boxer is trained by a old champion and that what is done here Dicky tries to train his half brother Micky. For the most part the whole family gets involved in Mickys fighting career and just like the modern day athletes he get addicted to crack cocaine.

This story tells of the family trying to keep tabs on all aspects of Mickys fighting career.  If this does not show the family ties that bind you I don't know what does. All of the characters are a perfect fit for this movie and the scenery brings back memories of my old  navy days fresh out of high school. Dicky is a former champion boxer and is talented enough to become Mickys trainer. From the manager to the trainer it is a family affair. Mickys success depends on his mindset, but is effected a lot by his use of drugs.

Micky is low man on the totem pole just like rocky was in his movies but the supporting cast helps him rise up for an excellent performance. This was a lot better at the show, when you sit in the theater and watch it tears at you when you see how much that drugs will rip apart someone. Just watching the punishment that this fighter had to endure makes me cringe. All of the beatings that he took would have been a lot less if he would not have had an addiction.

This is an amazing cast that is about half and half, the good star power and weak star power with the likes of Mark Wahlberg (who plays Micky Ward), Christian Bale (who plays Dicky Eklund), Amy Adams (who plays Charlene Fleming), Melissa Leo (who plays Alice Ward), Mickey O'Keefe played by himself, Jack McGee (plays George Ward), Melissa McMeekin (plays little Alice Eklund), Bianca Hunter (plays Cathy 'Pork' Eklund), Erica McDermott (plays Cindy 'Tar' Eklund), Jill Quigg (plays Donna Eklund Jaynes), Dendrie Taylor (plays Gail 'Red Dog' Eklund), Kate B. Obrien (plays Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund), Jenna Lamia (plays Sherri Ward), Frank Renzulli (plays Sal Lanano), and Paul Cambell (played Gary 'Boo Boo' Giuffrida).

This movie will keep you in your seat trying to figure if he will win against his opponent or beat his fight against drugs. The director David Russell and the writer Scott Silver do an excellent job recreating everyone's roll that is tied to this fighter. From the half brother who trained him to his ex-manager his mother, this movie will intrigue you just like Rocky did. I would not consider this a five star just because it is a boxing film and not everyone is into the biography of a fighter. The music and scenery is tied together very well and after the show it left my wife and I still talking about the show that we had just seen. When a show does that to you, you know that it was good enough to recommend. I would recommend this for a Friday night show, but if you can wait until it comes out on DVD I would save my money for that.


Movie Mood: Guy Movie
Viewing Method: Other
Film Completeness: A few glitches, but mostly complete.
Worst Part of this Film: Pacing
The Fighter Will Keep You Interested, Just Like Rocky Did. The Fighter Will Keep You Interested, Just Like Rocky Did. The Fighter Will Keep You Interested, Just Like Rocky Did. The Fighter Will Keep You Interested, Just Like Rocky Did. The Fighter Will Keep You Interested, Just Like Rocky Did.

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March 09, 2011
This is definitely one of the movies I can't wait to see. I'm not as big a fan of the Rocky movies as my fiance so that's a good sign that he'll LOVE this movie- that and the fact that he's a big boxing fan. Great review, thanks for sharing!
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review by . December 18, 2010
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A Fight To Win In Life and in The Boxing Ring!
   Sports dramas that channel an inspiring ‘underdog’ story. It is pretty cliché nowadays in the halls of filmmaking. Well, director David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” stems from cliché but then again, sometimes real life is all about cliché. It centers on the real-life story of Irish boxer Micky Ward and his half-brother Dickie Eklund. This film is the third collaboration between Russell and Wahlberg, the first two being “Three Kings” …
review by . March 23, 2011
Let's just start off by saying I hate sports movies, there I said it.  I didn't cry when at the end of Rudy, I didn't cheer at the end of Rocky and I didn't bother watching Friday Night Lights or Any Given Sunday.  To me, they're all the same in some way or another whether true or not, an over dramatic story about how someone with nothing rises up through adversity and blah, blah, blah.  It's mostly due to the fact that I'm not much of a sports fan …
review by . January 19, 2011
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Around the end of the year one of the things that typically happens is you get a lot of good... but boring movies.  The end of 2010 wasn't like this really.  Most of the movies driving for the Oscar actually entertained.  Usually far too many get themselves far too concerned with being artistic and intellectual.  Which is actually well and good, but they always miss the mark in terms of entertainment.  The Fighter does another turn around by being a film that isn't …
review by . March 27, 2011
Christian Bale steals the show and earns his Oscar.
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review by . February 05, 2011
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Mark Wahlberg stars as Micky "Irish" Ward, a young man seemingly going no where in Lowell, MA. but with a dream of becoming the next boxing welterweight champion of the world.    He's managed by his mother and his brother. Christian Bale plays Micky's brother. In the film Bale has a drug habit and constantly lets his brother down, not showing up for fights and scheduling fights with fighters who are inappropriate for Micky. Eventually, Bale is arrested and sent to jail.    Du …
review by . January 01, 2011
THE FIGHTER may be based on a true story, but that doesn't mean that much of the skeleton of its plot doesn't feel like a rehash of Hollywood clichĂ©s. Struggling blue-collar guy from a dysfunctional family gains a shot, late in life, at boxing glory. Various obstacles get in his way, but with the love of a good woman and some unconventional training & methods…he gets his shot at the title. It's the kind of plot that would not normally get my blood pumping in anticipation.     But …
review by . April 16, 2011
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*** out of ****     David O. Russell hasn't made a good film since "Three Kings", which isn't saying too much considering there was only one other film between that one and "The Fighter", and it was called "I Heart Huckabees". I was not pleased with that film, and I didn't think it functioned well enough to be a true "David O. Russell film". Now here is what I would call a "David O. Russell film", and I say that with the utmost respect. Here it is, the film that everyone has …
review by . January 22, 2011
This was an absolutely wonderful film. I was absolutely floored by it even though I saw it with two people who were less than thrilled to be there. The performances were top-notch and this would be on my Best Movies I Saw in 2010 list if I didn't see this in 2011. Like The King's Speech, this is the perfect Oscar formula and that's sure to pay off come awards time. First of all, the Academy has often had a thing for uplifting dramas (whether or not they pertain to sports) and secondly, …
review by . December 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . December 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Now that's what I call a fight!
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The Fighter
is an upcoming film directed by David O. Russell and executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, starring Mark Wahlberg. The film centers on the life of professional boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his older brother Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale). Amy Adams has also been confirmed as a love interest of Ward. The film is set to be released worldwide in theaters on December 10, 2010. The film is Russell and Wahlberg's third film collaboration, following Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees.
Darren Aronofsky was previously attached to direct before David O. Russell. Both Matt Damon and Brad Pitt were also once attached to play Dick Eklund before the role went to Christian Bale.  Bale has reportedly been training for the role. About the film, he said, "It’s a true story of two incredibly gifted boxers who were half brothers. The one, Dicky Ecklund, who fought Sugar Ray Leonard at a very young age, when he was twenty-one, was an incredible natural talent. He lived a very hard life. Then he came to train his brother, Irish Mickey Ward, to the world title." Wahlberg also trained for two years for the role of Mickey Ward. A trailer was released on September 15, 2010.
Filming began in July 2009 in Lowell, Massachusetts and was completed by September. Filming continued at Paramount in April 2010 for final additional scenes.
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Director: David O. Russell
Genre: Drama, Sport
Release Date: Dec. 10, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Paul Attanasio
Runtime: 115 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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