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The Wrestler (2008)

The Wrestler Movie

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Release Date: January 30th, 2009
Release Date: 16th January, 2009

Synopsis: 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.


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About the Movie

The Wrestler is a 2008 drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, and Ernest Miller. Production began in January 2008 and Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired rights to distribute the film in the U.S.; it was released in a limited capacity on December 17, 2008 and was released nationwide on January 23, 2009. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on April 21, 2009 in the United States. It was released in the United Kingdom on June 1, 2009.

Rourke plays an aging wrestler who continues to wrestle matches in an attempt to cling on to his 1980s heyday despite his failing health, while also trying to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter and find romance with a stripper.

The film received wide critical acclaim. At its premier at the 2008 Venice Film Festival in August, it won the Golden Lion Award. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote it as one of the year’s best films, while Rotten Tomatoes reported that 98% of critics gave the film positive reviews. For his role, Mickey Rourke went on to receive a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe award, an Independent Spirit Award, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

'The Wrestler' Stars

Darren Aronofsky, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Mark Margolis, Mickey Rourke, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens

'The Wrestler' Movie Links

Official The Wrestler Movie Website
The Wrestler on IMDb

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One Comment on “The Wrestler”

  1.   The Walrus said on October 14th, 2008:

    Mickey Rourke spilled blood in his latest movie role as a wrestler – by deliberately cutting himself with a blade during a fight scene.

    The Angel Heart star taped a razor blade to his wrist and sliced his face as the cameras rolled, to make his part in upcoming film The Wrestler more realistic.

    His co-star Wass Stevens tells the New York Daily News that Rourke took the drastic action after hearing how real-life fighters sometimes faked injury – to the delight of fans watching.

    Wass says, “So Mickey taped a blade to his forearm, and when the time was right, sliced his forehead.”

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