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The Wrestler

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Original title
The Wrestler
Running time
105 min.
United States United States
Robert D. Siegel
Clint Mansell
Maryse Alberti
Wild Bunch, Protozoa Pictures, Fox Searchlight
Drama | Wrestling. Sports
Synopsis / Plot
Back in the late ’80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life — trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer (Marisa Tomei) who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy “The Ram” back into his world of wrestling. Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home – inside the ring.
2008: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Actor (Mickey Rourke), Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei)
2008: Golden Globes: Best Actor Drama (Mickey Rourke), Song. 3 Nominations
2008: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion for Best Movie
2008: BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Rourke). Nominated for Best Sup. Actress (Tomei)
2008: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Rourke) & Best Screenplay
2008: Festival Toronto: Best Actor (Mickey Rourke)
2008: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Song. 4 nominations, including Best Picture
2008: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Movie, Actor (Mickey Rourke) and Cinematography
2008: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Runner Up for Best Actor (Mickey Rourke)
2008: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (Mickey Rourke)
2008: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (Rourke) (ex aequo)
2008: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
2008: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actor (Mickey Rourke)
2009: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best International Independent Film
2008: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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