The Wrestler

The Wrestler

DVD - 2009
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Back in the late '80s, Randy 'The Ram' Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, decades past his prime, he barely gets by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee. He faces health problems that may end his wrestling career and is attempting to come to terms with his life outside the ring. He wants to reconcile with the daughter he abandoned in childhood and begins a relationship with a stripper. He struggles with his new life and an offer of a high-profile rematch with his 1980s arch-nemesis, 'The Ayatollah, ' which might just be his ticket back to stardom.

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P3TERSON
May 16, 2017

Great movie with great acting! Rourke was robbed of an Oscar

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lukasevansherman
May 27, 2015

His face?!!! What have they done to his face??!! Mickey Rourke should've won the Oscar for this.

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Nursebob
Mar 28, 2015

Randy “The Ram” Robinson (a phenomenal Mickey Rourke) is a professional wrestler whose heyday is now twenty years in the past. With a face and body sporting every scar he’s ever suffered he has nothing much to show for his illustrious career but an estranged daughter who hates him, an unhealthy reliance on painkillers and steroids, and a shitty trailer he calls home. His only love, “Cassidy” (a very brave Marisa Tomei), is an exotic dancer with aging issues of her own who insists on limiting their interactions to lap dances and small talk. Between wrestling bouts in front of dwindling audiences and a part-time stint at a food warehouse Randy barely ekes out a living—and then all those years of abuse finally take their toll on his health and he is forced to make the biggest decision of his life: retire from the only profession he’s ever known or risk dying in the ring. Director Darren Aronofsky and writer Robert Siegel have fashioned a great American tragedy featuring a broken and grizzled Willy Loman unable to comprehend that his salad days are long over. With an unforgiving camera following his every move as he desperately seeks love and a sense of validation, Rourke’s “Ram” is not an entirely unsympathetic character: we wince as he punishes his body in one graphic bout after another; we watch hopefully as he attempts to reconcile with his daughter; and we feel the loneliness closing in as Cassidy finally clarifies their relationship for him. Deriving much of its emotional punch from a partially improvised script and a cast of actual wrestlers( the locker room scenes seem more like a documentary than a movie) Aronofsky keeps things firmly anchored in gritty reality—a soundtrack of heavy metal classics and some verité camerawork are used with tremendous effect. Alternately riveting and terribly depressing right up to its climactic—and intentionally ambivalent—final moment of glory, "The Wrestler" presents a modern day allegory which reaches far beyond mere character study.

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JEarl
Feb 04, 2015

WOW! Rourke and Tomei were great. The best film of Rourkes' since 'The Pope of Greenwich Village'.

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0cho
Jul 04, 2014

One of the worst movies ever. You know why this role suited Mickey Rourke? Because he didn’t need to act, this is him in real life, all washed up re-living his glory moments working the deli counter!! I don’t mind him in a supporting role but 100 minutes of him is too much. Also, what happened to his face??? Yuck!! He has gotten really ugly!

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Isley
Jun 12, 2014

This is a great character study marred only by the overly cliche plot devices of the script. Rourke really does a great job playing a man that the world has no place for any more and I’d probably recommend this based on that alone.

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Libraryman1_0
May 23, 2014

A remarkable film that plays like a documentary on the central character, a former pro wrestler who has passed his prime and his struggles to remain in the public memory. Mickey Rourke gives an incredible performance that is real and genuine.

Bearddis Aug 28, 2013

Mickey Rourke gives another amazing performance in The Wrestler as a very complex character Randy "The Ram" Robinson. Randy is a formerly world renown wrestler still clinging to his former glory by performing at small scale wrestling events while also working a cruddy part time job at a grocery mart to barely keep his bills paid. The Wrestler is the journey of the end of his life. A broken mans struggle to maintain his pride, save his broken relationships, and try to develop new meaningful relationships. You'll be hard pressed to find a more honest film. A must watch.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 26, 2013

Well, let me tell ya - There's absolutely nothing in the world that I despise more than a man who's literally pushing 60 who dyes his shoulder-length hair blond, wears it up in a frickin' bun, and even uses bobby-pins to keep those straying hairs in place._____ And that, my friends, was just the man that "love-thy-self" Randy Robinson, the Ram, was in The Wrestler._____ With his pimply ass, and his tattoo of Christ, Robinson was a tiresome character, and, pretty much, nothing but a loser and a broken-down piece of trailer-trash._____ When it came to pleasing his audience who came to watch him in the ring, Robinson was such a moron that he even deliberately cut himself with a piece of concealed razor blade just for the sake of getting some hollow cheers from the insatiable crowd._____ Filled with all sorts of shallow characters (like the sleazy stripper, Cassidy), The Wrestler was just a worthless piece of movie-fluff about a vain, self-deluded, old fart and his bloated ego and his hair done up in a bun.

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velloxal
May 09, 2013

Fame contra family values. Difficult father - daughter relations.

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Monolith
Nov 26, 2012

Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: "Hey lady -- you want some f*cking cheese?!? Get your own f*cking cheese!!!"

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: When you live hard and you play hard and burn the candle at both ends... in this life, you can lose everything you love, everything that loves you. A lot of people told me that I'd never wrestle again, they said "he's washed up", "he's finished" , "he's a loser", "he's all through". You know what? The only ones gonna tell me when I'm through doing my thing, is you people here. You people here... you people here. You're my family.
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Jul 31, 2011

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A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

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