Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Roar Power
Jurassic World unleashed on iTunes
Halo 5 Guardians
The Master Chief returns
50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

submit to reddit

... 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 ...
Back 29 of 53 Next

The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter (2010)

The siblings: Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale)

What puts them at odds? The early years of boxer Micky Ward’s life saw him living in the shadow of half-brother Dicky. But after the elder man suffers a defeat in the ring and dives into addiction hell and crime, Micky’s star begins to rise.

It’s bad enough to see your own glory fade; it’s quite another to watch someone else – your brother and former sparring partner, no less – achieve much more than you ever could. And when such a situation occurs between brothers who know how to throw punches? Stand well back. Wahlberg was just as frustrated for years with this movie, having shepherded his passion project through financial struggles and multiple directors (he wanted Scorsese, and had Darren Aronofsky attached for a while) before Bale suggested David O. Russell. The resulting film scored six Oscar nominations and statuettes for Bale and Melissa Leo as the lads’ mother. We like to think that its success is down to the brothers’ decision to bury the hatchet and work together.

Which sibling is your favourite?

Back to the menu

... 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 ...
29 of 53

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Empire's Best Horror Films For Halloween
An unlucky thirteen triple-bills

Emily Blunt Talks Sicario
On the five-star thriller, puke acting and taking Tom Cruise to The Box

Denis Villeneuve Talks Sicario
On his cartel thriller and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel

Tomorrowland: The Viewing Guide
Brad Bird talks through his sci-fi adventure, scene by scene

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)