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The Wrestler

The Wrestler
  • 2008
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Written by: Robert D Siegel
  • Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
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Impoverished wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (Rourke), fighting a losing battle with his finances, trades on vulgar past glories by taking regular beatings on the independent wrestling circuit. Not averse to carving wounds in his forehead to simulate serious damage, Randy finally hits rock bottom, but can he climb back? A salty mix of brutal comedy and subtle tragedy makes for an accomplished character study.

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Mickey Rourke: The Wrestler

8 Jan 2009

I’ve had a poster of Mickey Rourke on my wall for over 20 years now. A black and white blow-up from Alan Parker’s Angel Heart, it pictures Rourke as private detective Harry Angel, freshly demobbed after WWII, his hair back-combed into an untidy quiff…

The Wrestler

8 Jan 20094 stars

DRAMA/SPORT ‘What happened, did the price of tights go up?’ a sneering store-manager taunts Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson (Mickey Rourke) when the impoverished wrestling star comes looking for work. Fighting a losing battle with his own finances, Randy…

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