The Fighter

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Dicky Ecklund (CHRISTIAN BALE) is a former boxing legend that squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness. Micky Ward (MARK WAHLBERG), his half brother, is the struggling journeyman boxer who spent his life living in his big brother's shadow. read more
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Dicky Ecklund (CHRISTIAN BALE) is a former boxing legend that squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness. Micky Ward (MARK WAHLBERG), his half brother, is the struggling journeyman boxer who spent his life living in his big brother's shadow. The Fighter is the inspirational, true story of these 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, Mass, 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 Micky, meanwhile, has become the family's fighter and fading hope for a champion. But despite all of his work, Micky's career is failing and he loses fight after punishing fight. Dicky and Micky's tougher-than-nails mother, Alice (MELISSA LEO), manages his career and Dicky serves as his highly unreliable trainer. When Micky's latest fight nearly kills him, it looks like it could all be over - until his iron-willed new girlfriend, Charlene (AMY ADAMS), convinces him to do the unthinkable: split with his family, pursue his own interests and train without his increasingly volatile and criminal brother. Now Micky has the chance of a lifetime as he earns a shot at the World Championship. But when his brother and dysfunctional family reenter his life, they must all reconcile their pasts and become more than just a family in name. With Micky 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, Micky will have become a World Champion, a Hall of Fame legend, and the new "Pride of Lowell". The Fighter is a moving and often humorous drama about fighting for the people you love.

Original Release

12/10/2010

US Release

12/10/2010

Cast

Christian Bale Dicky Eklund
Mark Wahlberg Micky Ward
Amy Adams Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo Alice Ward
Robert Wahlberg
Jack McGee George Ward
Mickey O'Keefe Mickey O'Keefe
Dendrie Taylor Gail 'Red Dog' Eklund
Bianca Hunter Cathy 'Pork' Eklund
Erica McDermott Cindy 'Tar' Eklund
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

David O. Russell

Writers

Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington

Cast

Christian Bale Dicky Eklund
Mark Wahlberg Micky Ward
Amy Adams Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo Alice Ward
Robert Wahlberg
Jack McGee George Ward
Mickey O'Keefe Mickey O'Keefe
Dendrie Taylor Gail 'Red Dog' Eklund
Bianca Hunter Cathy 'Pork' Eklund
Erica McDermott Cindy 'Tar' Eklund
Jenna Lamia Sherri Ward
Caitlin Dwyer Kasie Ward
Chanty Sok Karen
Jackson Nicoll Little Dicky
Frank Renzulli Sal Lanano
Sugar Ray Leonard Sugar Ray Leonard
Melissa McMeekin 'Little Alice' Eklund
Ted Arcidi Lou Gold
Ross Bickell Mike Toma
Sean Malone Wolfie

Producers

Darren Aronofsky Executive Producer
Keith Dorrington Executive Producer
Eric Johnson Executive Producer
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Leslie Varrelman Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Dorothy Aufiero Executive Producer
Ken Halsband Executive Producer
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Mark Wahlberg Executive Producer
Dorothy Aufiero Producer
David Hoberman Producer
Ryan Kavanaugh Producer
Todd Lieberman Producer
Paul Tamasy Producer
Mark Wahlberg Producer
Darren Aronofsky Producer
Lou DiBella Producer
Keith Dorrington Producer
Eric Johnson Producer
Tucker Tooley Producer
Jeff G. Waxman Producer
Bob Weinstein Producer
Ken Halsband Producer

Editors

Pamela Martin

2011Golden GlobeBest Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2011Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2011Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Won
2011Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
2011Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Won
2011Golden GlobeBest Director - Motion Picture Nominated
2011OscarBest Motion Picture of the Year Nominated
2011OscarBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Won
2011OscarBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2011OscarBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Won
2011OscarBest Achievement in Directing Nominated
2011OscarBest Achievement in Film Editing Nominated
2011OscarBest Writing, Original Screenplay Nominated
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