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The Fighter

Nominated for seven Oscars in 2010, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo & Amy Adams)

Nominated for seven Oscars (including Best Picture), The Fighter is directed by David O. Russell and based on the true story of boxer ‘Irish’ Micky Ward. Set in small-town Lowell, Massachusetts in 1993, the film stars Mark Wahlberg as Micky, whose attempts to kick-start his boxing career are over-shadowed by his larger-than-life ex-boxer-turned-crackhead half-brother Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale) and his domineering manager mother Alice Ward (Melissa Leo).

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Though both Dickie and Alice are supposedly committed to training and managing Micky, he eventually realises that he’ll have to break free of them if he wants any kind of shot at achieving his dreams. Hope arrives in the form of a relationship with local barmaid Charlene (Amy Adams), who encourages him to take control of his life and helps him stand up to his overbearing family.

Impressively directed and brilliantly acted, The Fighter is an engaging, well written drama that packs a powerful emotional punch. Highly recommended.

– Matthew Turner, ViewLondon

 

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