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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
  • Directors: David O. Russell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L53C8M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,600 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale star in this inspirational and powerful true story of two brothers who against all odds come together to train for a historic title fight that has the power to unite their fractured family and give their run down town what it's been waiting for: Pride. Struggling boxer Micky Ward has long been overshadowed by his older bother and trainer, Dicky, a local legend who is now battling his own demons. The explosive relationship of these brothers threatens to take them both down but at the heart of this story is a bond of blood that may just be their only chance of redemption.

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It would be a mistake to confuse The Fighter with the story of Mark Wahlberg, though the similarities are striking. Completely convincing as a boxer, Wahlberg plays welterweight Micky Ward, who grew up in working-class Massachusetts. Like the actor-producer, he had eight siblings, one more famous than the rest. Ward's half-brother, Dicky Eklund (a gaunt, crazy-eyed Christian Bale), turned to boxing first, just as Mark's brother, Donnie, preceded him as a performer (first by singing, then by acting). The similarities end there: Dicky, once known as "The Pride of Lowell," traded his promising pugilistic career for a crack pipe (Sugar Ray Leonard cameos as his best-known opponent). As David O. Russell's film begins, the smothering Alice (Frozen River's Melissa Leo) manages Micky's career, while the unpredictable Dicky attempts to train him. Despite his talent in the ring, though, Micky can't catch a break until he meets Charlene (Amy Adams), a spitfire of a bartender who encourages him to stand up for himself. When Dicky ends up in prison, and Micky takes on a more experienced manager, his fortunes start to improve, but it isn't in his nature to abandon the people who raised him, so he attempts to unite the various factions in his life before his shot at the world championship slips away. Though Russell paints Micky's mother, brother, and sisters with a broad brush, Wahlberg anchors the scenario with his patient, level-headed performance. Rescue Me's Jack McGee also deserves notice as his diplomatic dad, George. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Based on a true story, `The Fighter' is the story of two brothers, Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Bale) who are boxing heroes around their home town of Lowell in the USA.

Dicky is renowned for his past boxing career, but has fallen on hard times after becoming addicted to crack. Micky is his younger brother who wishes to emulate and surpass Dicky's success and make a name for himself and his family. Dicky's addiction overshadows his brothers chances of getting respected fights and when he ends up in prison it gives Micky the opportunity get a new support team and start to turn things around. But it is when Dicky finally gets clean, gets released from prison, makes amends with Micky and the family and rejoins his brothers team, that everything really comes together and things take a final upward spiral.

This film has excellent performances from all involved and Bale and Wahlberg are exceptional as the main characters. Micky's girlfriend Charlene is a stabilising influence in his life and the actress who plays her is also really good. This film has a superb soundtrack with tracks by The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Whitesnake and way more besides, it really lifts certain scenes in the film.

The fight scenes are well choreographed and make for a good mixture of tension and excitement and the director manages to make everything look authentic.

It is hard to fully warm to some of the characters, but you always appreciate where they are coming from and the influence and impact they have in each others lives. This is a great story of perseverance and overcoming adversity to reach your dreams and for this alone it is quite inspiring. I admit I have seen better bio-pics of this type, but this is perfectly watchable and makes for just under 2 hours entertaining viewing. This well worth checking out at some point.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
In a televised boxing match (18 July 1978) – a young white kid from the city of Lowell in Massachusetts called Dick 'Dicky' Ekland (Christian Bale) supposedly knocked down the welterweight black champion – the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard in the 9th round. And for 15 years since Dickey has been a local hero.

Now a 1993 HBO film crew are following him and his younger half-brother Michael 'Micky' Ward (Mark Wahlberg) around the streets of Lowell – where friends, neighbours and local businesses cheer for Dicky again (who at the age of 40 is training for a comeback). So as the boys shadow spar and lark about to cheering crowds while the cameras roll – we meet the Ekland/Ward family. There’s Mum and Manager Alice (an award winning turn by Melissa Leo), chubby but dedicated father George (the great Jack McGee) and their troop of six bullish daughters (through various marriages). These women have big haircuts, big mouths and ashtrays that are always overflowing.

But tricky Dicky has a worse habit – regularly falling into a dumpster at the back of a crack cocaine den he frequents. And despite promises when his family comes to haul him out of there and back into the gym to continue training – he seems to be on a one-way ride to personal and emotional oblivion – spouting past glories that are in themselves disputed (Sugar Ray tripped and wasn’t knocked down).

One evening as his sisters, Dad and brother Dicky get drunk and swap insults in a crowded low-class bar – Micky (Mark Wahlberg) notices Charlene behind the counter – a world weary young woman who went to college and won’t take crap from the cheapskates eyeing up her short skirt and tight teeshirt (brilliant part for Amy McAdams).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
The Fighter is directed by David O. Russell and collectively written by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson and Keith Dorrington. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. Music is by Michael Brook and cinematographer for the film is Hoyte van Hoytema. Film is based on the true life tale of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg), who had to battle thru family strife to give himself a chance of achieving something in the sport.

The synopsis is simple because the film is simple, but sometimes with simplicity comes great things. Such is the case with The Fighter, a boxing film that is that rare old animal of being a cliché riddled sports film: yet one that's totally raw and uplifting into the bargain. The film had a long gestation period, big names such as Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Darren Aronofsky were attached at one point, Scorsese, too, was in the frame to helm at one point, but still Wahlberg couldn't get his dream project off the ground. But all's well that ends well, for as it turned out, Russell, his director on I ' Huckabees & Three Kings, stepped into the ring and with Bale now on board too, the elements were in place for a Raging Bull/Rocky of this millennium. Is The Fighter worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence as Marty & Sly's pugilistic punchers? Hell yes it is, in fact it carries the gritty tone akin to the former and the feel good factor of the latter.

That Russell has managed to rise above the pitfalls of sports movie formula is an impressive achievement, more so given that this is treading the well worm path of rags-to-riches and triumph over adversity, but he is helped immeasurably by the performances of the principals in the cast.
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