An over-the-hill wrestler returns to the ring for one last shot at glory. more
Release DateU.S.The Wrestler was released on
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 in 4 theaters
January 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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Rating MPAAR for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use
Back in the late ‘80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life -- trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer (Marisa Tomei) who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy “The Ram” back into his world of wrestling. Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home – inside the ring.
Trivia & Production Notes
- Awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Nicholas Cage was originally approached to star in the film, but ultimately left the project.