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The Wrestler (2008)

DIRECTOR Darren Aronofsky
STARS Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

Robert Rodriguez had already given Mickey Rourke's career a shot in the arm, dragging him out of obscurity for Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Sin City. But it was Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler that gave him a full-blown comeback moment. Hollywood loves an underdog, and Rourke's heartbreaking performance as washed-up former wrestling champ Randy "The Ram" Robinson (he even had his own Nintendo game!) won him a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Aronofsky's portrayal of wrestling's seedy underside and bloodthirsty small-town crowds didn't set well with everyone, but The Ram ultimately made more friends than enemies thanks to its immense heart and endless pathos. It has practically the same ending as Black Swan (minus the ballet and the feathers) and Aronofsky views the two films as companion pieces.
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QUICK POLL Should The Wrestler be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Wrestling
THE PLAYER
Randy "The Ram" Robinson
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
Randy jumping from the ropes with his heart exploding.
KEY TACTICS
To be discussed with your opponent before you get in the ring.
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler

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