The Wrestler

The film's protagonist — Randy "RAM" Robinson — was the star of the ' 80s, but became a pale copy of himself. Having a heart attack during one of the matches, a wrestler heard from doctors unpleasant news: if he continue, it may die. After a failed attempt to start another life and even more disastrous attempts to establish a relationship with his daughter "Sheep" decided to participate in the battle, knowing that is certain death...

  • Darren Aronofsky

Release Date: 2009-01-30
IMDb icon 7.9/10
  • Country: FR, US
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $6,000,000
  • Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $44,734,660
Cassey Bron
06 March 2010 | 02:07

Wrestling, Wrestling (Engl. Wrestling) — theatrical fight where the winner of each match is predetermined in advance. Most often applied to the screen use the term "sports show", which defines all its essence. Throws (grabs, jumps, bumps) are not held and do not cause appreciable damage.

But most of them are very hazardous and require special training from running. Some of the stunts performed by wrestlers are dangerous to life. Sometimes wrestlers wrestling dying in the ring, not mention about getting all sorts of injuries.

Movies about wrestling his heroes were not numerous.

In 2000 came the picture "To fight ready" (Ready to the Rumble) — Comedy the adventures of two friends — fans of wrestling. In 2001 Alan Screw created the "Chance to win" (Reversal) — drama of the relationship of the wrestler-son and coach-father.

However, in movies still did not appear for such work which narrated the would about the difficult and sometimes absurd life of a professional wrestler, so called compassion and led millions of people in cinemas, how did the film Aronofsky Darren "the wrestler".

Why this response received the film, the budget of which was funny for an American film production amount — $7 000 000? And would know understand professional wrestling Hollywood Director?

The film is partly a biography of Mickey Rourke. Initially the role of "Sheep" tried Nicolas cage, but Aronofsky felt that it is better with Rourke not can handle it.

In the distant 1983 Mickey Rourke starred in Francis Ford Coppola in"Fighting fish" (Rumble Fish). Further more: "9 1/2 weeks", "angel Heart" and"Drunk". Rourke was on top of fame and popularity. But day day he became more fond of alcohol and drugs. Later returned to professional Boxing, which later was on the operating table when surgeons at the parts to rebuild the face of the former sex symbol.

Rourke held 15 without a normal job, lost health, wife, house and career. It already passed in the scrap. Suddenly, in 2005 he published a picture of "sin City" (Sin City), where Mickey Rourke plays one of the main roles. Then there was the "Domino" and"thunderbolt". But it is the "Wrestler" can be considered a full return of Rourke to the big arena of cinema.

Who how do not Rourke would be able to play the former popular in the 80s wrestler "the RAM", which for 20 years lost everything he once had.

Randy Robinson was known successful wrestler, but the Zenith of its glory have long passed. He still speaks to the ring, not on the big arenas, and in the backyard. It works part-time in the supermarket trying to make ends meet with ends. A heart attack, which Randy received after the next battle, completely changed his life. Randy tries to improve relations with the daughter, dreams of quiet family life with a stripper Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) and is a salesman in the store. But not life and only a parody on it. And  a"Sheep" decides to return to the wrestling to come out on rematch with his old enemy.

In order to play Randy "the RAM" Mickey Rourke had to pump up 10 pounds of muscle, had the opportunity to participate with real fights with real wrestlers, and make the viewer, Randy and Mickey had merged together. This role had not to play and to live.

And Rourke did your task is that is confirmed by the British Academy award for "best male role", award of Golden globe for "best actor" and a nomination for the Oscar "for best actor".

And if Rourke "the wrestler" was a good return in a great movie than so valuable this film is for Aronofsky on account of which 3 psychedelic paintings of "PI", "Requiem for a dream" and"the Fountain"? Aronofsky had the idea of creating this film has from the beginning of the 90s, when after graduating from film school he drew up a list of movies that I would like to remove, "the wrestler" already been in the list, but without a specific shape and of a coherent history.

Money for the project Aronovsky looking for two years. But as soon as the producers learned that the film will star Mickey Rourke, immediately fled. The film is about an ageing wrestler with Mickey Rourke... In this project no one believed. Therefore, the only sponsor was the American Association for the wrestlers. The money was so little of the shooting took place on the real sites with real wrestlers. And even the buyers to supermarket — non-professional actors.

The documentary film also makes use of various techniques and traditions of professional wrestling, for example, when Randy "the RAM" cuts the skin on the forehead (from the wrestlers duct-taped a piece of razor called "blade" and used to simulate wounds after a heavy blow). Or that is the "stapler", which is so shocked the audience (receiving "Ultraviolent" — hardcore, in which can be used the materials at hand: buttons, barbed wire, glass and various metal appliances).

"The wrestler" — a kind of directorial breakthrough Aronofsky who likes to experiment with form ways of information transfer. He Director denies often uses old cinematic techniques for in order to create something new. The style of the film Darren Aronofsky at this time mimics the film: Live camera follows the character, step by step, looking back very opens the audience his face. The conscious act of a Director — the desire to intrigue the audience. "Around the upcoming filming of our film and participate in her and Mickey Rourke in the Hollywood press there was a lot of rumors. Everyone wondered in what form now an actor, how he looks like. This interest was impossible not to use".

Music for "Restler" wrote Wedge Mansel (permanent composer of films Aronofsky). But to create the typical themes of the film were attracted by the well-known musician and friend of Mickey Rourke — Bruce Springsteen. He wrote the song and gave it for free. In the result the song "The Wrestler" Springsteen won a Golden globe.

In fact, the film Aronofsky tells the universal story of a creative person. It when you get the dizzying success, and then you grow old, all you forget you're trying to cling to the past.

Why he decides more on one fight, if he knows that the heart is not will withstand this load? He Mickey Rourke answered on this question, saying: "When you become a loser, then nobody is needed. They call you "former". According to me as better than 10 times to die, than to be "former". He Daren Aronovsky noted that a final need to first to ensure that each of the audience asked a question — last exit to ring "a RAM" — this is a victory or defeat?

8 from 10

Ilise Melmon
08 July 2009 | 06:52

He's back. Daron Aronofsky decided to once again take up the case. Inviting the main role of his longtime friend Mickey Rourke, they began to sculpt another masterpiece. And they got it.

Crazy atmosphere of this picture, coupled with a well designed image HS and almost perfect game Rourke. Somewhere like rocky Balboa (the last film about the boxer), those of anguish at about where I go I W nothing but waving fists not can. Good interwoven and family history of HS, it bad relationship with her daughter, which he is trying to solve, but still I think it would be possible to achieve more drama the better after this part of the narrative. Well, God with him.

All the matter in having Aronofsky again managed to achieve a coherent and believable game of actors, they really believe and empathize with, watching the last battle, already chills running through the body, sensations, should call the genre drama. Also not forget the film gained a lot of awards at the world it also a plus. And still two words of the Director, if you liked such movies as "Requiem for a dream" and"the Fountain", this no what is not is inferior!

Great father's return "Requiem for a dream" and super actor Mickey Rourke.

8.5 out of 10

Roxanna East
04 June 2010 | 06:38

What Wrestling — this is a slaughterhouse, with blood, with emotions and big men, I thought 12 years. For me it was a shock to learn that the show — production... Great Golberg, Rock the Rock, Jeff hardy may be said to have fallen in my eyes... Exactly to until I did not understand that the simulation of contractions and creation of the show require high acting skills, some physical training, high charisma and many years training — sometimes it is the imitation of the contractions causes more emotion than other combat events. It is the movie "the wrestler" gives us an amazing opportunity to see these fights (plays) from the inside, through the eyes of the main character — Randy Robinson.

We are shown the life of a wrestler, I think it like the life of any professional athlete that ball, dumbbell, gloves or replace the family car, they give it adrenaline, which replaces the love of relatives, the well-known story when an athlete without Sally is in the room or days lost in garage once he gets a choice, when it no strength to fight old age is the final choice between sports and family.

I recommend...

10 of 10

How much has The Wrestler made?
Commercial tv-show fees worldwide today are Cumulative Worldwide $44,734,660.
How much did it cost to make The Wrestler?
According to various sources, the cost of producing the tv-show was at least $6,000,000.
Who is the director of the movie The Wrestler?
This tv-show was directed by Darren Aronofsky.
What is the genre of The Wrestler?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Drama, Sport, Best movies 2009, Best Sport Movies.
Who starred in The Wrestler?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry.
What is The Wrestler IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 7.9.
When was The Wrestler released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 2009-01-30.