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The Wrestler

R
Movie
2008
1h 49m
English
Drama, Romance
Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.
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Mickey Rourke
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson
Wass Stevens
Nick Volpe
Judah Friedlander
Scott Brumberg
Ernest Miller
The Ayatollah
Dylan Keith Summers
Necro Butcher
Tommy Farra
Tommy Rotten
Mike Miller
Lex Lethal
Marcia Jean Kurtz
Admissions Desk Woman
Gregg Bello
JAPW Promoter Larry Cohen
Armin Amiri
Dr. Moayedizadeh
Ryan Lynn
Strip Club Best Man
Michael Drayer
Strip Club Bachelor
Alyssa Bresnahan
Cheeques Bartender
Jeff Chena
Hotel Bartender
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky
Written By: Robert D. Siegel (Screenplay)

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aldy says...
8 years ago
The Wrestler helped me realise wrestling is disgusting and wrestling fans should really find a better hobby. That anything-goes fight made me so uncomfortable, how on earth could anybody ever want to watch or take part in that? Go dance ballet or something, at least when you go crazy doing that, you'll look cool doing so. Other than the grotesque nature of those parts of the movie, the rest of it was actually really good. The story itelf was great and Mickey Rourke was outstanding. If I was a more reasonable person, I might even say it was a great movie because the wrestling parts did exactly what they were supposed to do, but good thing I'm not then because wrestling sucks. "The only place I get hurt is out there." ;_;
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nmahoney416 says...
4 years ago
"The only place I get hurt is out there. The world don't give a shit about me." Mickey Rourke is so great in this. It feels so gritty and dirty and real. That last fight really is amazing.
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drqshadow says...
3 years ago
Darren Aronofsky's glimpse into the grim reality of retirement in pro wrestling is a tough, fair rumination on a physically unforgiving industry. Not as suicidally dark as Requiem for a Dream, but it doesn't need to be - where Requiem was about a self-destructive quest for the taste of an elusive high, The Wrestler is more interested in the shattered figure trying to cope with the repercussions of that lifestyle. Mickey Rourke nails the role of Randy "The Ram" Robinson, as advertised; the conflicting emotions of hope, guilt, desperation and cheap indulgence that flash across his face speak volumes when the character has very little to say for himself. Marissa Tomei is nicely cast as his counterpart, a stripper running into identical problems; aging in an industry that relies almost exclusively on one's superficial gifts. I didn't care for the ambiguous ending and found the in-ring scenes to be jumpy and weak, but loved the rich characterization, deep respect for the subject and long, unspoken history that precedes the events of the film.
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a_mile says...
5 years ago
Life of a middle-aged wrestler who are losing everything isn't promising but it is his only way.
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LarZieJ
9/10  2 years ago
"Have you ever seen a one trick pony in the field so happy and free?
If you've ever seen a one trick pony then you've seen me
Have you ever seen a one-legged dog making its way down the street?
If you've ever seen a one-legged dog then you've seen me"

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LarZieJ
9/10  2 years ago
"Have you ever seen a one trick pony in the field so happy and free?
If you've ever seen a one trick pony then you've seen me
Have you ever seen a one-legged dog making its way down the street?
If you've ever seen a one-legged dog then you've seen me"

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Wuchak
4 years ago
“The Wrestler” (2008)

Twenty years past his glory days in the mid/late 80s, a wrestler (Mickey Rourke) struggles to make ends meet in New Jersey while wrestling on the weekends, taking illegal pain-meds, pursuing a dancer at the local strip club (Marisa Tomei) and trying to reestablish a rela More
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