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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Director, Darren Aronofsky, and the writer, Robert D. Siegel, have turned the story of this washed-up faux gladiator into a film of authentic beauty and commanding consequence. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It's a haunting, scary, funny, sad portrayal from Rourke. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Winner Golden Lion for best movie
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia (2008)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role