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The Fighter

116 min
Biography | Drama | Sport
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David O. Russell
Won 2 Oscars. Another 76 wins & 82 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2010-12-17
Filming Locations: California, USA
Budget: $25,000,000
Opening Weekend: $12,135,468 (USA) (28 July 2012)
Gross: $93,617,009 (USA) (31 March 2011)
Amy Adams
The Fighter
Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
The Fighter
Mark Wahlberg
Micky Ward
Christian Bale
Dicky Eklund
Mickey O'Keefe
Mickey O'Keefe
Jack McGee
George Ward
Melissa McMeekin
'Little Alice' Eklund
Bianca Hunter
Cathy 'Pork' Eklund
Erica McDermott
Cindy 'Tar' Eklund
Jill Quigg
Donna Eklund Jaynes
Dendrie Taylor
Gail 'Red Dog' Eklund
Kate B. O'Brien
Phyllis 'Beaver' Eklund
Jenna Lamia
Sherri Ward
Frank Renzulli
Sal Lanano
Paul Campbell
Gary 'Boo Boo' Giuffrida
Caitlin Dwyer
Kasie Ward
Chanty Sok
Ted Arcidi
Lou Gold
Ross Bickell
Mike Toma
Sean Malone
José Antonio Rivera
Gilberto Brown aka Jose (as Jose Antonio Rivera)
Richard Farrell
HBO Cameraman #1
Matthew Muzio
HBO Cameraman #2
Steven Barkhimer
HBO Producer (as Steven Barkheimer)
Art Ramalho
Art Ramalho
Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard
Jackson Nicoll
Little Dicky
Alison Folland
Laurie Carroll
Sean Patrick Doherty
Jimmy (Laurie's Husband) (as Sean Doherty)
Sue Costello
Thomas Benton
Ray Greenhalge
Ray Ramalho
Tino Kimly
Epifanio Melendez
Carlos Garcia
Jeremiah Kissel
Bald Businessman
Sean Eklund
Man in Diner
Roeun Chea
Brian Nguyen
Rikki Kleiman
Court Clerk
Michael Dell'Orto
WBU Commissioner
Paul Locke
Reporter #1
Kim Carrell
Reporter #2
Colin Hamell
John Hyland (as Colin Hammell)
Dale Place
Referee Micky Vann
Eddie Lee Anderson
Referee Joe Cortez
Joe Lupino
Referee Mitch Halpern (as Joseph Lupino)
Bonnie Aarons
Crackhead Bonnie
Walter Driscoll
Court Officer
Matt Russell
Photo Guy On Street
A. Joseph Denucci
Man on Street #1
Dicky Eklund
Man on Street #2 (as Richard A. Eklund)
George Michael Ward
Man on Street #3
Dicky Eklund Jr.
Man on Street #4
Jack Greenhalge
Man on Street #5
Kevin Paige
Man on Street #6
David A. Ramalho Sr.
Ziad Akl
Simon Hamlin
Movie Patron
Gerald Greenhalge
Uncle Jerry
Matthew Russell
Running Kid #1
Tommy Eklund
Running Kid #2
Rita Mercier
Woman on Street #1
Deborah Bolanger
Woman on Street #2
Kerry Moore
Woman on Street #3
Philip D. Herbert
Micky's Cutman
Raul Vera
Sanchez Trainer
Jack Lally
Neary Trainer
Carlos L. Smith
Sugar Ray Leonard Bodyguard
Jerrell Lee Wesley
Fight Spectator #1 (as Jerrell Lee)
Hugh Long
Fight Spectator #2 (as Hugh K. Long)
Catherine Lynn Stone
Eric Weinstein
Micky's Friend
Bo Cleary
Anthony Molinari
Peter Cunningham
Mike 'Machine Gun' Mungin
Miguel Espino
Alfonso Sanchez
Anthony 'Ace' Thomas
Brian Christensen
Drunk Guy
Jen Weissenberg
Drunk Girl
Michael Buffer
Fight Announcer
Larry Merchant
Fight Announcer
Jim Lampley
Fight Announcer
Emanuel Steward
Fight Announcer (as Emmanuel Steward)
Roy Jones Jr.
Fight Announcer
George Foreman
Fight Announcer
Don Dunphy
Fight Announcer
Barry Ace
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Diana Afonso
Ringside Extra (uncredited)
Charlie Alejandro
Movie Patron (uncredited)
Mel Alejandro
Visitor at House of Corrections (uncredited)
Cindi Alex
Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
Christian Alvarado
Puerto Rican Gang Member (uncredited)
Clyde Anthony
Collins (uncredited)
Luke Ashlocke
Boxer (uncredited)
Kt Baldassaro
Mother with Children (uncredited)
Joseph Basile
Inmate Prisoner (uncredited)
Joseph Bianchi-Coppola
Ringside Fan (uncredited)
Jodie Brunelle
VIP Spectator (uncredited)
Ryan Burton
Audience Member (uncredited)
Gino Cafarelli
Lowell Neighbor (uncredited)
Katelyn Cahill
Shamrock Girl / Reporter at Press Conference (uncredited)
Al Conti
Larry Merchant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Corazzini
D.W. Cormier
Max Cross
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Ryan Cultrera
Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Lee Cunningham
Shawn Patrick Curley
Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Tommy Dallace
Johnny Thunders (uncredited)
Christopher J. Davis
Visitor at House of Corrections (uncredited)
Nicholas Davis
Boy on Bike (uncredited)
Richard DeAgazio
District Attorney (uncredited)
Kevin DeCoste
Autograph Boy (uncredited)
Luisa Diaz
Ring card girl (uncredited)
Ronald Diberto
Man with Guitar (uncredited)
Shawn Doherty
Road Crew Co Worker #2 (uncredited)
Uke Doiron
James Donnelly
Donut Shop Patron (uncredited)
Danielle Druz
Lowell Mass Girl
Ger Duany
Extra (uncredited)
Alex East
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Susan Farese
British Press Reporter (uncredited)
Shawn Fogarty
Ringside Reporter / Gym Fight Spectator / Courtroom Attendee / Pedestrian / Precision Driver (uncredited)
Evan Fonseca
Sports Photographer (uncredited)
Rich Foster
Bodyguard (uncredited)
John Franchi
VIP (uncredited)
Ryan Gleason
Road Crew Co Worker (uncredited)
Albert Gornie
Prison Inmate
Josh Gunderson
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
London Hall
Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Lindsay Hanzl
Audience Member (uncredited)
Becky Harvey
Audience Member (uncredited)
Frankie Imbergamo
Prison Guard
Anthony Jon
Fight Spectator #3 (uncredited)
Bobby Kenney
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Referee (uncredited)
Jeffery Kincannon
Security for Micky Ward (uncredited)
David A. Kirsch
TV News Cameraman (uncredited)
Ren Knopf
Deme Lane
Brenda (uncredited)
Justin James Lang
Prisoner Background (uncredited)
Henry Laun
Boxing Trainer (uncredited)
Dennis Lauricella
Boxing Referee (uncredited)
Jordan Lazieh
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Jacqueline Levasseur
Alicia Love
Background (uncredited)
Michael Marchand
Ring Official (uncredited)
C.R. Marchi
Rob Marin
Dan Marshall
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Jeff Martineau
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Adam Masnyk
White T Worker / Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Vanessa McCaffrey
Lowell Girl (uncredited)
Tricia Clift McCrone
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Kenn Medeiros
Dad of Young Family (uncredited)
Anastasia Sanidopoulos Mousis
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Leigh Nicole
Extra - Coffee Shop Patron (uncredited)
Joseph Oliveira
Thomas Olson
Fight Photographer (uncredited)
Bernie Ongewe
Boxer (uncredited)
Richard Pacheco
Ringside Patron (uncredited)
Jim Patton
Ringside VIP (uncredited)
Henry Penzi
Road Crew Co Worker (uncredited)
Americo Presciutti
David Pulson
Carrie Ann Quinn
Vegas VIP (uncredited)
Dannielle Rose
Ringside Spectator (uncredited)
Eric Ryan
Lowell Police Officer (uncredited)
Megan Sacco
Ringside Spectator (uncredited)
Salvatore Santone
Young Micky Ward
Victoria Saunders
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Johnny Serret
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
James Shalkoski Jr.
Dep. R Sztuka - Prison Guard (uncredited)
Ron Shimshilashvili
Fight Fan (uncredited)
Joe Siriani
Bodyguard (uncredited)
Briggon Snow
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Kevin Stanton
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
David Struffolino
Boxing Ring Photographer (uncredited)
Seamus Towle
Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
J.T. Turner
Fight Fan (uncredited)
Vinnie Varon
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Billy 'V' Vigeant
Kevin Slattery (uncredited)
Micky Ward
Himself (uncredited)
Lindsey Warm
Lowell Mass Girl
Hunter Wilichoski
Casino Kid (uncredited)
Josh Woolstenhulme
Extra (uncredited)
Did you know?
The police officer who jokingly arrests the real life Dicky Eklund at the end of the movie, during the credits, is actually Lowell police officer, Eric Wayne. Eric's father, Gerald Wayne, was the actual police officer who arrested the real life Dick Eklund after his robbery shenanigans in the early 1990s, which were depicted in The Fighter (2010). Dick Eklund and Gerald Wayne actually maintained a mutually friendly relationship before, during and after the arrest.
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Richard Farrell, who plays one of the HBO camera men in the film, is essentially playing himself. Farrell is a filmmaker and news camera man who directed the award-winning HBO documentary High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell (1995) about Dicky Eklund.
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Dicky Eklund did not like how his mother and sisters were portrayed in the film. He yelled at Christian Bale after a screening in anger. His sisters also did not like their portrayals. Beaver Eklund walked out of a screening of the film in protest.
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Steven Barkhimer (HBO Producer) is misspelled "Steven Barkheimer" in the credits.
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A sign on Charlene's apartment house warns that "Violaters [sic] Will Be Prosecuted."
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When George Ward drives up to Charlene's apartment in his work truck when all the girls are fighting on the porch, you can see a 2011 vehicle inspection sticker in the bottom corner of his windshield.
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Mickey Ward: Don't use their nicknames.
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Mickey Ward: You didn't give a fuck if I got killed by Mungin; now, all of a sudden, you're worried Sanchez is gonna hurt me? Why? I mean, come on, Dick. 'Cause you're stuck in here and can't be the center of attention no more?
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Dickie Eklund: Who used to be the pride of Lowell? Huh?
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Is "The Fighter" based on a book?
No. The Fighter is a biopic about the life of junior welterweight professional boxer "Irish" Micky Ward from Lowell, Massachusetts. The screenplay was written by screenwriters Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson. There is a book based on Micky Ward's life and career See here.
Did HBO make a documentary about Dicky Eklund?
An HBO documentary film crew did follow the real Dicky Eklund. While the title of the documentary in the film is Crack in America the real title was High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell (1995). Unlike the depiction in The Fighter, the real documentary followed two additional crack addicts from Lowell, Massachusetts in addition to Eklund. One of them, Boo Boo, is also depicted in the film.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Fighter can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Melissa Leo