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Cast
Christian Bale
Mark Wahlberg

Melissa Leo
Amy Adams
Directors
David O Russell
Screenwriters
Scott Silver
Paul Tamasy
Eric Johnson
Running Time
115 minutes

The Fighter
He ain't heavyweight, he's my brother...


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The Fighter

Plot
The true tale of the early years of legendary fighter 'Irish' Micky Ward (Wahlberg), who triumphed over a complex family situation, including a crack-addict brother/trainer (Bale), to become a welterweight boxing champ in the 1980s.


Verdict
The Fighter might tread the well-worn route of almost every sports movie before it, but two very different but equally powerful performances combine to deliver an exhilarating fight-flick that, like its scrappy central character, is impossible not to root for.


Reviewed by Adam Smith

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