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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Wrestler: Mickey Rourke Makes the Comback of the Decade.


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Release Date: December 17, 2008 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Screenwriter: Robert Siegel
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use)
Official Website: FoxSearchlight.com/TheWrestler
Review: 9.0/10 rating
DVD Review: Not Available
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Plot Summary: 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 strikes up a blossoming romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). 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.

3 comments:

Fargo Forum Alternative said...

Awsome come comeback for Mickey Rourke who went to the school hard knocks. back in the 1980s he was a rising star with real meat to his career. Later got mixed with drugs and ended up without a career. Anyways welcome back mickey rourke, It was a pretty great movie considering the low budget. Real Good Movie. Straight up.

Fargo Forum Alternative said...

Quick note that girl in the clip is veery hot!

Attempted Assassination On Obama said...

Great Frickin Flik!

Rourke had won starring roles in a bunch of fascinating weirdies: Francis Coppola's Rumble Fish (Mickey was Motorcycle Boy), The Pope of Greenwich Village, Michael Cimino's Year of the Dragon, the S-M erotic drama Nine 1/2 Weeks (with Kim Basinger, who also made a comeback at Venice in The Burning Plain), the satanic thriller Angel Heart (De Niro was the Devil), as a gangster in Elephant Man makeup in Johnny Handsome and a lowlife genius in a film of Charles Bukowski's Barfly directed by Barbet Schroeder (who also had a film at Venice; the Lido was one big Rourke reunion). The guy was sexy, dangerous, adventurous in his choice of roles. The actor's cliche "totally committed to the process" could have been coined for Rourke

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