The Fighter

The Fighter
  • 2010
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: David O Russell
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams

Based on the true story of half-brothers Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Bale), David O Russell's biopic charts their rise from a white trash neighbourhood in Massachusetts during the 1980s to world welterweight champion (Ward) and jail (Eklund). Featuring some seriously good performances, and a contender for seven Academy Awards.

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The Fighter stars Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg as boxing half-brothers

2 Feb 20114 stars

Comparisons with The Wrestler are inevitable and not unfair

(15) 115min All the best boxing movies are as much about what goes on outside the ring as what happens inside the ropes. Despite this biopic, scripted by Scott Silver (8 Mile) and five other writers, being based on the lives of not one but two…

Boxing biopic The Fighter - Melissa Leo profile

2 Feb 2011

Actor plays Mickey Ward's mother in David O Russell film

Born 14 September, 1960, New York Background Leo is an actor whose early career was predominantly filled with small screen successes. She played Det Sgt Kay Howard on the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street for five seasons and was also a regular on…

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