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Directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D.Siegel and starring Mickey Rourke, Ernest Miller, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood, this film is an emotional smackdown not to be missed. The drama of this film centres on a retired professional wrestler named Randy "The Ram" Robinson, who has to face facts that he has health problems. Randy makes his way through the independent circuit working small wrestling shows and working part time in a grocery store to make ends-meat. A strong father/daughter parental storyline runs through the film as Randy is trying to make amends with his daughter who he abandoned as a child. He struggles with his fall from fame and his new life, however, when he received an offer to have a rematch with his former rival, The Ayatollah - will he be catapulted back into stardom?.. you'll have to wait and see! What we do know is that this heart-warming, well produced film, has fantastic performances all around that will tug at your heart strings and keep you glued the screen.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Back in the late &39;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 romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei) Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art which threatens to pull Randy "The Ram" back in With a career-defining multi-award winning performance from Mickey Rourke The Wrestler is a moving and unforgettable masterpiece from acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky Actors Mickey Rourke Marisa Tomei Evan Rachel Wood Mark Margolis Todd Barry Wass Stevens Judah Friedlander Ernest Miller & Marcia Jean Kurtz Director Darren Aronofsky Certificate 15 years and over Year 2008 Screen Widescreen Languages English - Dolby Digital (51) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players

Darren Aronofsky directs this independent drama starring Mickey Rourke as retired professional wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson, who had his heyday in the late 1980s as a headlining professional wrestler but is now reduced to eking out a living by performing in high school gyms and community centres in New Jersey. Estranged from his teenage daughter Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his ever-dwindling fan base. When a heart attack forces him into retirement, his sense of identity starts to slip away, and he is forced to evaluate the state of his life. But his fumbling attempts to reconnect with his daughter and forge an ongoing relationship with exotic dancer Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) are overshadowed by his strong desire to get back into the ring, whatever the cost.

  • Average Rating for The Wrestler [2008] - 3 out of 5


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  • The Wrestler [2008]
    Kashif Ahmed

    An over-hyped, but nonetheless compelling, drama; 'The Wrestler' sees Mr Rachel Weisz; director Darren Aronofsky ('Requiem For A Dream') back in the reviewer's good books after his surreal, sci-fi romance 'The Fountain' was slated across the board and booed off screen at Venice. Mickey Rourke receives a welcome outpouring of goodwill from fans and critics alike with an assured, poignant performance as ex-wrestling superstar Randy 'The Ram' Robinson a.k.a., as he hates being reminded; Robin Ramzinski. Big in the 80s, Randy is all but washed up; struggling to recapture faded glories in spite of his allying health and an astute awareness that nostalgia can only take you so far. It's no secret that 'The Wrestler' is a fictional, light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel parallel to Mickey Rourke's life; his once promising career derailed by a successive series of bad choices, the years spent in straight-to-video purgatory followed by a brief resurgence with 'Once Upon a Time In Mexico', 'Sin City' and a fully fledged comeback with this film; Rourke's best performance since the heyday of 'Rumblefish' (1983) and 'Diner' (1982). Randy is offered an opportunity to stage a legend's re-match with his most famous opponent; 'The Ayatollah' a.k.a. Jim (their first bout circa 1980 sold out 'Madison Square Garden') but an unforeseen setback after an extreme wrestling gig, forces Randy to re-evaluate his life: try and make amends with his estranged daughter (an intense Evan Rachel Wood), attempt to woo old friend & stripper (Marisa Tomei on fine form) whilst enduring the ritual indignities of his menial day job at a Deli. Rourke's training and ripped physique give him an immediate visual credibility; audiences can sympathise with his pain (both physical & emotional) as he puts his battered body on the line night after night for the euphoric adulation of the fans, not just to earn a living; but to soak up an undying love and a sense of belonging absent in all other aspects of his life. As well as being about Mickey Rourke, 'The Wrestler' also alludes to 'The Twelve Labours Of Hercules' for the scenes where Randy is in an apron and hat uniform behind the Deli counter, is reminiscent of Omphale, princess of Lydia's punishment; in which she forced Hercules to wear women's clothes and do the housework. Labours Five (cleaning 'The Augean Stable') & Ten (capturing Cerberus) also come into play: Elysian King Augeas charged Hercules with the task of cleaning his stables (which housed more cattle than anyone else in the land, but had never been cleaned hence one can only imagine the mess; filth being a metaphor for human sins). Herc triumphed by re-routing the rivers Alpheus and Peneus to purify this den; these stables represent Randy's life and his sincere efforts to make amends, Augean Stable is also a Greek synonym for the star sign constellation of Capricorn (i.e. 'The Ram'). Labour Ten links in with the old symbol for Pisces (i.e. two people as opposed to two fish) one entering Hades, the other leaving; Marisa Tomei's character is leaving her life as a stripper (i.e. her disguise) behind, whereas Randy continues towards Hades in pursuit of Cerberus and his own fate, whatever it may be. Capricorn 'The Ram' is also considered an introspective gateway sign into the upper echelons of spiritual self-initiation; so that powerful, last shot suggests Randy attains this level and consciously decides to embrace the path without hesitation or regret. Esoteric subtext aside, I liked the way Mickey Rourke employed Hulk Hogan-esque vernacular by calling everyone "brother" and how 'The Ayatollah' was to 'The Ram' what 'The Iron Sheik' was to Hogan back in the days when 'Wrestlemania' was just a glimmer of an idea in Vince McMahon's mind. 'The Wrestler', thankfully, doesn't spend all its time in the squared circle; though the theatrical but dangerous dynamics of the pro-wrestling world are effectively brought to light. With hard-as-nails grapplers finalising routines backstage like genteel interior designers, deciding on how to best to arrange a potpourri display. Marisa Tomei's memorable take on 'The Passion Of The Christ', retro musings, good pathos and an excellent central performance by Mickey Rourke make 'The Wrestler' worth watching, a little overweight with all the hyperbole & praise this is a film that occasionally body slams its points home, but still comes out a winner.

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