• The Wrestler (2008)

The Wrestler

Release Date: December 17th, 2008

DVD Release Date: April 21st, 2009

R |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) 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 (Marisa Tomei), and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood). But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.

Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens, Judah Friedlander, Ernest Miller

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Protozoa Pictures, Wild Bunch

Keywords: Fall, Quest, Gripping, Daughter, 2000s, Gritty, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Film Threat

    The Wrestler could have been a groundbreaking drama, one that upturns the sensational genre roots from which it stems. With Rourke in such form, it could have been character-driven to the core – if only Aronofsky trusted his character enough to resist screenwriter Siegel's contrived plot thrusts. show more

  • 80
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    Bolstered by a career-best performance from Mickey Rourke and outstanding work by Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. show more

  • 90
    Dana StevensSlate

    The Ram is sometimes--often, even--a manipulative, self-pitying man, but Rourke and Aronofsky paint his portrait with a rigorous dignity. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Golden Lion for best movie
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia (2008)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)