StoryDicky Eklund is a former boxing hero that squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness.
Mickey Ward, his half brother, is the struggling journeyman boxer who spent his life in his big brother's shadow.
The Fighter is inspired by the true story of two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride. The story unfolds on the gritty, blue-collar streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, where Dicky was once known as "The Pride of Lowell" having gone the distance with the World Champion Sugar Ray Leonard. However, after losing that fight, like the town of Lowell, Dicky's fallen on hard times. His boxing days are behind him and his life has become shattered by drug abuse.
Younger brother Mickey, meanwhile, has become the family's fighter and fading hope for a champion. But despite all of his work, Mickey's career is failing and he loses fight after punishing fight. Dicky and Mickey's tougher-than-nails mother Alice manages his career and Dicky serves as his highly unreliable trainer. When Mickey's latest fight nearly kills him, it looks like it could all be over--until his iron-willed new girlfriend Charlene convinces him to do the unthinkable: split with his family. Pursue his own interests and train without his increasingly volatile and criminal brother.
Now Mickey has the chance of a lifetime as he earns a title shot at the World Championship. But when his brother and dysfunctional family re-enter his life, they must all reconcile their pasts and become more than just a family in name. With Mickey and Dicky reunited, this becomes more than just a fight--it's an all-out comeback for these brothers, their family, and their city. When it's over, will Mickey be able to become a Champion? Will Mickey become the new "Pride of Lowell" or will that tile be lost, and will he become a legend in his own hometown?
|Mark Wahlberg||Mickey Ward|
|Christian Bale||Dicky Eklund|
|Amy Adams||Charlene Fleming|
|Melissa Leo||Alice Ward|
|Mickey O'Keefe||Himself (as Mickey O'Keefe)|
|Jack McGee||George Ward|
|Melissa McMeekin||'Little Alice' Eklund|
|Bianca Hunter||Cathy 'Pork' Eklund|
|Erica McDermott||Cindy 'Tar' Ecklund|
|Jill Quigg||Donna Eklund Jaynes|
|Dendrie Taylor||Gail 'Red Dog' Ecklund|
|Kate B. O'Brien||Phyllis 'Beaver' Ecklund (as Kate O'Brien)|
|Jenna Lamia||Sherri Ward|
|Frank Renzulli||Sal Lanano|
|Caitlin Dwyer||Kasie Ward|
|Ted Arcidi||Lou Gold|
|Ross Bickell||Mike Toma|
|José Antonio Rivera||Gilberto Brown aka Jose|
|Joshua Dugay||Young Dicky Eklund|
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- Genre: Drama Movies
- Theme(s): Historical, Lifestyle
- Director: David O. Russell
- Producer: Relativity Media
- Length: 114 Min
- Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Theatrical Release North America Dec 10, 2010 Europe Feb 4, 2011 Japan Mar 26, 2011 Australia Jan 27, 2011
Ratings North America R Europe 15 Japan PG-12 Australia MA
Blu-ray Release North America Mar 15, 2011
DVD Release North America Mar 15, 2011