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The Fighter – Trailer

The Fighter is a 2010 biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. The film centers on the life of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund (Bale). The film also stars Amy Adams as Micky’s love interest, and Melissa Leo as Micky’s and Dicky’s mother. The Fighter is Russell and Wahlberg’s third film collaboration, following Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees.

The film was released in select North American theaters on December 17, 2010 and was released in the United Kingdom on February 4, 2011. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, winning the awards for Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo). It was the first film to win both awards since Hannah and Her Sisters in 1986.

Cast

Mark Wahlberg as ‘Irish’ Micky Ward
Christian Bale as Dick “Dicky” Eklund
Amy Adams as Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo as Alice Ward
Jack McGee as George Ward, Micky’s father.
Frank Renzulli as Sal LoNano
Mickey O’Keefe as himself
Erica McDermott as Micky’s sister Cindy “Tar” Eklund
Sugar Ray Leonard plays himself

Release

To promote the film, Wahlberg appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Men’s Fitness, and Bale on Esquire, in November 2010. An advanced charity premiere took place in Lowell, Massachusetts, the setting of The Fighter, on December 9, a day before the film’s scheduled national release.

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