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Wrestler, The (2008) Movie Information

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384

Avg. Rating:

3.03/4

# of Ratings:

425

Genres:

Drama, Sport

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/17/2008

DVD Release:

04/21/2009

Director:

Darren Aronofsky

Actors:

Mickey Rourke
Evan Rachel Wood
Giovanni Roselli
Wass Stevens
Marisa Tomei
Elizabeth Wood

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A broken down wrestler well past his prime tries to hang onto the limelight by bouncing around indie circuits and making just enough to get by.

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scunaclaf 10/04/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Really good drama. its emotional, its engaging. you feel for Rourkes character...

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FSUNoles27TS 12/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Let me pick up my jaw from the floor and wipe away the drool. Dang..... Tomei is so gorgeous. If for nothing else. Watch this movie just for her 'special' scene. For everything else, you must watch this movie. This is an amazing movie. I find it hard t explain the depth this movie has and all the themes surrounding it. Growing old, physical pain over emotional pain, dedication to what one is truly great at, and so much more. This movie is not a meat head wrestling movie. It is far from it. I doubt wrestling fans wouldn't even like this movie as much as the genreal public cause it is more about personal anguish and strength than anything else.

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mitchellyoung 10/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

Darren Aronofsky crafts his most straight-forward film to date, an emotional tale of reconciliation that features a comeback performance from Mickey Rourke. The film tells its story in a very direct manner, without the overuse of emotional crutches, and the result is a very human and heartfelt tale, one of the best of 2008.

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  Yojimbo
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03/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Wrestler" by Yojimbo

20 years after his hay day, Randy "The Ram" is still trying to nurse his broken body through the independent wrestling circuit when he suffers a heart attack that threatens his career. Maybe because it's because I'm English, or maybe because I don't have wheels on my home, I approached this film with a certain trepidation because I have absolutely no interest in wrestling, or sports movies in general.The plot is very much in the same vein as one of the million+ corny true life TV movies out there, but I must admit this film did win me over, basically for Mickey Rourke's incredibly honest performance for which he obviously drew on his own experiences as a professional boxer. It is the anti-sports movie, where instead of a small town guy making good, it is the story of a man who begins at t...

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3/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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12/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Wrestler review

Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) gets hospitalized after a fight. Pam/Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) helps Ram find a gift for his daughter. The stunts were believable and transformation from the aging wrestler who didn't care to a sensitive father whose passion is to wrestle. Really enjoyed the "hardcore" match with the props. Its choreography, soundtrack and cast shines. The 80's reference was fun since this reviewer likewise enjoyed wrestling and the music of GN'R, Crue, etc. Bonus features were likewise a treat. One of the best lines from Ram - "I'm alone. And I deserve to be all alone. I just don't want you to hate me." "The only place I get hurt is out there. The world don't give a shit about me." Rourke really brought this film on his shoulders because of his stunning perf...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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09/25/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Wrestler, a Mr. E Movie Review

The Wrestler, a Mr. E Movie Review

(Run time: 109 min. - Directed by: Darren Aronofsky - Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei)

The dramatic masterpiece The Wrestler has been called Mickey Rourke's comeback role. I say he just wasn't offered a role like this earlier. I mean this guy can act! He's raw, real, and charasmatic and The Wrestler is an awesome journey.

When wrestling superstar Randy "The Ram's" life starts it's decent 20 years after his prime, everything seems to crumble. He has a choice, he can either roll over and die, start a new humble journey, or just accept things the way they are and go out with a bang. Everything seems to be against him. His body is breaking down, he's broke, his daughter hates him, and his only friend outside of the ring is an aging, yet still...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  Bob Stone
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That's tough because they both leave you with two completley different feeling, Rocky leaving you feeling uplifted and triumphant, whereas the Wrestler left me cold and bummed. I would actually go with the Wretler overall,though


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  Hush
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I loved both movies and as much as I like Mickey Rourke I liked Rocky better. I found Rocky a little more redeeming.
04/23/2009
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  GJ81
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I aodred the Wrestler and I left the cinema with a feeling i don't often get. One of complete satisfaction. Rourke's performance was that there wasn't a performance. With a camera that close to your face, it takes a skill and discipline to act natural, and to not see that camera. That's the genious of his role here. Randy 'The Ram' becomes so very real because Rourke somehow behaves as he would in the real world. And that surely can not be easy to do infront a crew.


03/22/2009
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  Hush
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Rourke played a character...Penn was just pushing an agenda.
03/08/2009
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  Alex
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Bur Rourke wasn't playing any actor - he was merely playing himself.  Penn was actually acting.  I still think Pitt did the best out of all them.
03/08/2009
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