Good Things Come To Those Who Fight

Good Things Come To Those Who Fight


Release Dates
US: 10 December 2010
UK: 4 February 2011

Running Time: 115 minutes
Cert: tbc

Director: David O. Russell
Writers: Scott Silver & Paul Tamasy
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo


Hitting the US cinemas in December and the UK screens almost 2 months later in February 2011, The Fighter stirred quite some dust at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. The movie was first screened after a last-minute announcement by Paramount and well received by the audience and critics, so much so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see it on the Oscar nomination list.

Lead actor and producer Mark Wahlberg has put a lot of time and literally physical effort into The Fighter, apparently not only to steel up his abs. Introducing the film at the AFI Fest he told the audience:

“I’m happy it got to the big screen. It took me such a long time to get the movie made that if you don’t like the movie, I’ll do two hours of hard labour. I did it to get the movie made and I will do it for anyone who doesn’t like it.”

The FighterThe Fighter tells the story of “Irish” Micky Ward (Wahlberg), now a boxing legend himself but back in the 1980s sparring away in the shadow of his bigger half-brother and boxer Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale). Only after Dickie was KO’d by drug abuse and crime, Micky had a chance to rise in the ring. Although his paroled brother trained Micky for a few years, the youngster’s career only takes off after some gruelling battles outside the ring.

The movie has a rather long making-of story, much of which had to do with changing names on the cast and crew lists (more background here). It seems the project got whacked around quite a lot before it finally arrived on the big screen. Judging by the responses it has received so far though, The Fighter seems to be more than a period and family drama dressed in the typical underdog story.

I’m not exactly a boxing fan but it will be interesting to see if the film transcends the ring like the Rocky Saga (1976-2006) and Raging Bull (1980) once did.

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