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The Wrestler (2008)

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

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This is a drama about an aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, who now barely gets by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee. As he faces health problems that may end his wrestling career for good he attempts to come to terms with his life outside the ring: by working full time at the grocery store, trying to reconcile with the daughter he abandoned in childhood and forming a closer bond with a stripper he has romantic feelings for. He struggles with his new life and an offer of a high-profile rematch with his 1980s arch-nemesis, The Ayatollah, which may be his ticket back to stardom. Written by Matlock-6

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Love. Pain. Glory.

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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30 January 2009 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$202,714 (USA) (21 December 2008)

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$26,236,603 (USA) (10 May 2009)
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Mark Margolis has appeared in all six of Darren Aronofsky's films. See more »

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When Cassidy met Randy to shop for his daughter, she had no make-up on and wore a beanie that fully covered her hair. Immediately after shopping, they went to a bar for drinking beer and now Cassidy had quite a bit make-up on and her hair looked as if it has been done. See more »

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Cassidy: [to Ram, as she touches his scars and after he shows her some of the scars he has accumulated throughout his career] He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
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Featured in Within the Ring (2009) See more »

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Written by Madonna, Stuart Price, and Joe Henry
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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Amazing film that focuses on two often misjudged professions.
1 December 2008 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

Mickey Rourke returns to the big screen in Darren Aronofsky's brilliant character study, The Wrestler. Mickey Rourke gained about 35 pounds of muscle to play Randy 'The Ram' Robinson and looks the part of an old beaten down wrestler. Aronofsky creates a cold atmosphere that leaves the audience feeling as old and depressed as Rourke's character. The Wrestler doesn't have the look or feel of any previous Aronofsky film, it is mainly hand-held and has a gritty look to it that gives it a documentary feel. This film sucked me in. I really felt for the main character. I felt his pain and anger throughout the film. I felt his desperation. When a film has you reflecting the emotions expressed on the screen then it has accomplished something. I also appreciated that the story focused on two professions that are frowned upon in society, that being professional wrestling and stripping. Both professions are linked in the film and has the audience realize how similar they are. We also see the hardship of carrying out such a profession. I really enjoyed this film and had the pleasure of meeting the director after the showing. I was most impressed with him and can't wait till this film gets released.


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