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The Fighter (2010)

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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.

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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. Written by anonymous

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Every dream deserves a fighting chance.


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Rated R for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 December 2010 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$300,010 (USA) (10 December 2010)

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$93,571,803 (USA) (25 March 2011)
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Trivia

According to Bianca Hunter, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale stayed in character on the set, even when they were not filming. Hunter also said that the real Pork Eklund was on the set, and told Hunter that she did not like how she was being portrayed. See more »

Goofs

When Dicky is shown smoking crack, he's simply passed a bottle from which he inhales deeply: in reality, you would need a lighter to ignite the crack-rock on top of the bottle. See more »

Quotes

Neary Trainer: [during the press conference] In fact, we expected a much better fighter.
Mickey Ward: I'm just grateful to be here and have the opportunity. Thank you, guys, for the shot.
Reporter: Shea, who DO you respect as a fighter, and who'd you like to fight next?
Neary: I plan on moving right through Micky Ward tomorrow, moving on to other great fighters, like Gatti. Yeah, I believe Gatti and I'd make a great match.
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The real Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund are shown during the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.101 (2011) See more »

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Whalberg's Corner
28 December 2010 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

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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