The Wrestler

Love. Pain. Glory.


The Wrestler
Mickey Rourke gives a standout performance playing an ageing professional wrestler. He's getting on in years, but has no other means of making a living apart from performing in the square ring. Although the fights are scripted, the fighters still get battered. It's a tough life. He's also trying to patch things up with his estranged daughter, while trying to get romantically involved with a pretty stripper, who insists that she is unavailable.

109 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Nudity, Violence).
Drama, Sports, On the art circuit

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens
Director
Darren Aronofsky
ScreenplayRobert D. Siegel
MusicChris Mansell
CinematographyMaryse Alberti
EditingAndrew Weisblum
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2008
Produced byWild Bunch, Protozoa Pictures, Saturn Films, Sessions Payroll Management

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageStrong, frequent
NudityFairly frequent
SexStrong
ViolenceStrong
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseSome
CommentsStrong bloody violence within wrestling context. Strong dramatic theme. Some explict drug usage.
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Atiyyah Khan
20
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
20
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
5
iAfrica.com
Nils van der Linden quote iconThe Wrestler is something you just can't fake: a universal story, truthfully told.
18
24.com
Niel Bekker quote iconIt is sobering as a story, but even more so as a meditation on one of our greatest fears: life without options.
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe Wrestler is one of the year's best films.
20
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconThe results are a movie and a performance that are uncommonly lean, visceral and powerful. No wonder The Wrestler is entering awards season on such a triumphant note.
20
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconWorking on a number of levels and featuring a terrific if heartbreaking performance by Rourke in the lead, The Wrestler is one of the best films of 2008.
15
Metacritic.com
36 critics
16
Rottentomatoes critics
189 critics
17
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconMickey Rourke gives a performance for the ages in The Wrestler, a richly affecting, heart-wrenching yet ultimately rewarding drama.
20

What the People say

Internet
30991 Netizens quote iconWow!!!
17

Average .. 85%

17

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