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The Wrestler

Year:
Duration:
109 min
Genres:
Drama | Sport
IMDB rate:
7.9
Director:
Darren Aronofsky
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 57 wins & 48 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2009-01-30
Filming Locations: 1230 East Linden Avenue, Linden, New Jersey, USA
Earnings
Budget: $6,000,000
Opening Weekend: $202,714 (USA) (21 December 2008)
Gross: $26,236,603 (USA) (10 May 2009)
Cast
Actor
Character
Mickey Rourke
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson
Marisa Tomei
Cassidy
Evan Rachel Wood
Stephanie
Mark Margolis
Lenny
Todd Barry
Wayne
Wass Stevens
Nick Volpe
Judah Friedlander
Scott Brumberg
Ernest Miller
The Ayatollah
Dylan Keith Summers
Necro Butcher
Tommy Farra
Tommy Rotten
Mike Miller
Lex Lethal
Marcia Jean Kurtz
Admissions Desk Woman
John D'Leo
Adam
Ajay Naidu
Medic
Gregg Bello
JAPW Promoter Larry Cohen
Scott Siegel
Greg
Maurizio Ferrigno
Spotter
Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Jen
Andrea Langi
Alyssa
Armin Amiri
Dr. Moayedizadeh
Vale Anoai
Pharmacist (as Lynn Tovale Anoa'i)
Ryan Lynn
Strip Club Best Man
Michael Drayer
Strip Club Bachelor
Alyssa Bresnahan
Cheeques Bartender
Jeff Chena
Hotel Bartender
Vernon Campbell
Big Chris (as Vernon W. Campbell)
Felice Choi
Beautician
Bernadette Penotti
Tanning Salon Owner
Johnny Valiant
The Legend Johnny Valiant
Ron Killings
Ron 'The Truth' Killings
Giovanni Roselli
Romeo Roselli
Robert D. Siegel
Autograph Fan #1 (as Robert Siegel)
Scott Franklin
Autograph Fan #2
Sylvia Kauders
Hudson Acres Lady at Deli Counter
Alissa Reisler
Young Housewife at Deli Counter
Willy Rosner
Touchdown Man at Deli Counter
Rebecca Darke
German Potato Salad Lady at Deli Counter
E.J. Carroll
Teamster at Deli Counter
Abraham Aronofsky
Annoyed Man at Deli Counter
Charlotte Aronofsky
Annoyed Woman at Deli Counter
T.J. Kedzierski
Jameson (as T.J. Kedzieerski)
Jen Cohn
Get a Room Lady
Tyrone Scott
WXW Announcer (as Maven Bentley)
Douglas Crosby
WXW Referee
Larry Mercer
CZW Announcer (as Larry Legend)
Nick Papagiorgio
CZW Referee (as Nick Papagerio)
Kevin Foote
ROH Announcer
Jon Trosky
ROH Referee
Andrew Anderson
Wrestler
Austin Aries
Wrestler
Brian Heffron
Wrestler
Nicky Benz
Wrestler
Brolly
Wrestler
Lamar Braxton Porter
Wrestler
Claudio Castagnoli
Wrestler
Cobian
Wrestler
Doc Daniels
Wrestler
Bobby Dempsey
Wrestler
Billy Dream
Wrestler
Rob Eckos
Wrestler
Nate Hatred
Wrestler
Kit Cope
Wrestler
David John Markland
Wrestler
Danny Gimondo
Wrestler
Jess Liaudin
Wrestler
Judas
Wrestler
Kid U.S.A.
Wrestler
Lloyd Anoai
Wrestler
Toa Maivia
Wrestler
Kevin McDonald
Wrestler
Charles Renner
Wrestler
Pete Nixon
Wrestler
Paul E. Normous
Wrestler
Papadon
Wrestler
Darnell Kittiell
Wrestler
Jay Santana
Wrestler
Sugga
Wrestler
Alex Whybrow
Wrestler
Whacks
Wrestler
Olivia Baseman
Alyssa's Roommate (uncredited)
Sakinah Bingham
Ring Girl (uncredited)
Peter Bond
Pete Nixon (uncredited)
Kevin Cannon
Strip Club Hood (uncredited)
Matt Cannon
Crazy Fan (uncredited)
Peter Conboy
Fans at Table (uncredited)
Mike Coughlin
Promoter (uncredited)
Brandon Dicamillo
Audience Member (uncredited)
Bennett Dunn
Ringside Fan (uncredited)
Anna-Karin Eskilsson
Girl in Supermarket (uncredited)
Evan Ginzburg
Fan at Convention (uncredited)
Richard Graves
Fan (uncredited)
Joe Huu
Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
Cory Kastle
Wrestler
Piper Kenny
DJ (uncredited)
Henry Kwan
Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
Marca Leigh
Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
Jill Lord
Autograph Mom (uncredited)
Michael Marino
Medic #2
Helena Mayhem
Herself (uncredited)
Ryan McGonagle
Wrestler
Robert Oppel
Wrestler
Arthur E. Pittman Jr.
Samoan Wrestler in CZW Locker Room (uncredited)
Joe Ruby
Wrestler
Vincent James Russo
Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
Eric Santamaria
Vendor (uncredited)
Cameo Sherrell
Ring Girl (uncredited)
Mathew Shoemaker
Big Red (uncredited)
Erika Smith
Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Thornton
Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
Ryan Tygh
Fan (uncredited)
Ben Van Bergen
Deli Customer (uncredited)
Bill Walters
Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
Emanuel Yarbrough
Sumo Wrestler
John Zandig
Wrestler
Did you know?
Trivia
Randy "The Ram" Robinson's van is a Dodge Ram.
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Randy's real name is Robin Ramzinski (mentioned when he is at the pharmacy.) Later when Randy's given a badge with a name to work on the counter, 'Robin' is written there.
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When Randy the Ram gives his speech prior to the match that closes the movie, the audience is in love with their hero and gives him a huge standing ovation. The reality was that when they first attempted to film the scene, the Ring of Honor audience began catcalling the monologue. It wasn't until Darren Aronofsky addressed the audience and explained how important the scene was that they got on board, giving themselves a "We fucked up" chant before setting into the rabid Ram-Lovefest seen in the final film.
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Goofs
Prior to his last fight, whilst he is preparing, Randy is seen shaving his armpits. However, whilst at the fight venue, he can clearly be seen to have hair under his armpits.
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The promoter mentions that Ram's match with Tommy Rotten will be for "the strap", which refers to a promotion's title belt. However, following Ram's victory over Rotten, he is not seen holding a title belt or announced as the new champion.
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As the "Ram" is preparing for his first match of the movie, he is seen taping himself up. He is bare chested, but when the mo-hawked wrestler enters the room, the "Ram" suddenly has a blue flannel shirt appear on his back.
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Quotes
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: Hey lady - you want some fucking cheese? Get your own fucking cheese!
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The Ayatollah: Ram, Ram, you okay? You all right? It's okay, Ram. Take it home.
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Wayne: [Jokingly describing to Randy what the deli counter is like] It's an endless parade of horny housewives begging for your man meat.
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Faq
Q
What do some of the terms in the movie mean?
A
The movie makes occasional use of professional wrestling parlance which, unless one is familiar with the backstage machinations of the industry, seem nonsensical. Here are some of the terms and phrases used in the film, and what they mean:Heel: A villain wrestling character who is supposed to be booed by the audience. The "bad guy" in a match.Face: Short for "babyface," the "good guy" in a match. Supposed to be cheered by the audience. Randy's character is (and apparently was, in his heyday) a face.Heat: Refers to a negative crowd response. A heel for example usually does something such as cheating in a match to get "heat". i.e. Get booed."Take it home": Finish the match"For the strap": The winner of the match will either win or retain the championship belt. In the film, Randy appears to be the reigning champion, and is thus defending his title.
Q
Is "The Wrestler" based on a book?
A
No. The Wrestler was scripted by screenwriter Robert Siegel, former editor-in-chief of The Onion. Rourke has claimed to have rewritten much of his own dialogue.
Q
A Note Regarding Spoilers
A
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
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