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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

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

  • 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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Winner Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
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)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama