The FighterDecember 17, 2010
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
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
'Little Alice' Eklund
Cathy 'Pork' Eklund
Cindy 'Tar' Eklund
Donna Eklund Jaynes
Gail 'Red Dog' Eklund
Kate B. O'Brien
Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund
(as Kate O'Brien)
Gary 'Boo Boo' Giuffrida
Every dream deserves a fighting chance.
Release Date: 17 December 2010
Filming Locations: Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $300,010
(12 December 2010)
(31 March 2011)
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.
I'm the one who's fighting. Not you, not you, and not you.
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.