• The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter

Release Date: December 10th, 2010

DVD Release Date: March 15th, 2011

R |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

For Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), boxing is a family affair. His tough-as-nails mother is his manager. His half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale), once a promising boxer himself, is his very unreliable trainer. Despite Micky's hard work, he is losing and, when the latest fight nearly kills him, he follows his girlfriend's advice and splits from the family. Then Micky becomes a contender for the world title and he -- and his family -- earns a shot at redemption.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee, Mickey O'Keefe, Melissa McMeekin, Bianca Hunter

Director: David O. Russell

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: Mandeville Films, Closest to the Hole, Relativity

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Girlfriend , Mother , Quest , Underdog , Sister , Transformation , Emotional , Tense , 2000s , London , Inspiring , Rise , Brother ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    So like much of this film, the viewer is turned into an observer. You never feel close enough to the action, either in the ring or in the kitchens, living rooms and tough streets where the story takes place. The characters engage you up to a point but never really pull you in. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The Fighter is funny, ferocious, sad, sweet, pulpy, and violent. Sometimes, all in the same minute. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    While the film handles itself well in the ring, it's brilliant in the arena of a blue-collar family that brutalizes its younger son and best hope for worldly success in the name of sustaining him. show more

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Awards

Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture