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The Fighter

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Original title
The Fighter
Running time
115 min.
United States United States
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington
Michael Brook
Hoyte van Hoytema
Paramount Pictures, Mandeville Productions, Relativity Studios. Producer: Darren Aronofsky
Drama | Based On A True Story. Sports. Boxing. Drugs. Family Relationships. 1980s. 1990s
Synopsis / Plot
THE FIGHTER is the inspirational, true story in the mid 1980s of two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride.

The story unfolds on the gritty, blue-collar streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, where Dicky (Christian Bale) was once known as "The Pride of Lowell" having gone the distance with the world champion Sugar Ray Leonard; however, after losing that fight, like the town of Lowell, Dicky's fallen on hard times. His boxing days are behind him and his life has become shattered by drug abuse.

Younger brother Micky (Mark Wahlberg), meanwhile, has become the family's fighter and fading hope for a champion. But despite all of his work, Micky's career is failing and he loses fight after punishing fight. Dicky and Micky's tougher-than-nails mother, Alice (Melissa Leo), manages his career and Dicky serves as his highly unreliable trainer. When Micky's latest fight nearly kills him, it looks like it could all be over—until his iron-willed new girlfriend, Charlene (Amy Adams), convinces him to do the unthinkable: split with his family, pursue his own interests and train without his increasingly volatile and criminal brother.

Now Micky has the chance of a lifetime as he earns a shot at the World Championship. But when his brother and dysfunctional family reenter his life, they must all reconcile their pasts and become more than just a family in name. With Micky and Dicky reunited, this becomes more than just a fight—it's an all-out comeback for these brothers, their family, and their city.
2010: 2 Academy Awards: Best Sec. Actor (Bale) and Sec. Actress (Leo). 7 nom.
2010: 2 Golden Globes: Best Sec. Actor (Bale) and Sec. Actress (Leo). 6 nom.
2010: 3 Nominations for BAFTA: Best Sup. Actor (Bale), Sup. Actress (Adams), Screenplay
2010: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supp. Actress (Melissa Leo)
2010: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2010: Satellite Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale)
2010: 3 Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Supp. Actor and Supp. Actress. 6 nom.
2010: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Bale). 3 Nominations
2010: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (Bale) & Best Ensemble. 3 Nom.
2010: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2010: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2010: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
2010: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Supp. Actor (Bale) & Supp. Actress (Leo). 4 Nom.
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