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The Wrestler



Mickey Rourke in <EM>The Wrestler</EM>Photo courtesy of<EM> </EM>Fox Searchlight
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight
The Wrestler
UNITED STATES
LOS ANGELES  •  various venues  •  Ongoing
 
The Wrestler
Darren Aronofsky, USA, 2008; 109m

Mickey Rourke has never been better than as pro wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson, whose brush with mortality inspires him to reconnect with his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and settle down with his stripper girlfriend (Marisa Tomei). But like any old vaudevillian, he pines for the roar of the crowd. Owing much to John Osborne’s The Entertainer, Darren Aronofsky’s existentialist wrestling drama is a poignant, thoroughly unexpected and occasionally ultra-violent movie about performance, self-worth and the satisfying thwack of a folding chair to the back. Rourke's already famous line: "I'm just an old broken-down piece of meat." Winner of the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival. A Fox Searchlight release.


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