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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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)