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The Wrestler [DVD] [2008]

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  • Release Date: 04/21/2009
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (55 out of 55)

    Special Features


    • Within the Ring - A No-Holds-Barred One-on-One with Wrestlers and Filmmakers
    • "The Wrestler" Music Videos
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Wrestler
    His sense of identity fading into nothingness after the spotlights dim and he experiences a close brush with mortality, a retired wrestler begins to evaluate his life while considering the comeback that could very well kill him in director Darren Aronofsky's poignant portrait of an introspective former superstar in the twilight of his career. Back in his heyday, wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was an icon in the ring. His image immortalized in action figures and video games, he would headline arenas across the globe. Twenty years later, those glory days have passed, and Randy is forced to earn his keep by brawling before handfuls of fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. In the wake of a heart attack, the former icon attempts to earn a little extra cash while working in a deli and making an effort to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood). Yet, despite Randy's continued attempts at convincing local stripper Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) to settle down with him in his humble trailer, the ring still calls to him. Later, when the prospect of a high-profile rematch with his longtime nemesis presents itself, Randy is forced to weigh his mortality against his desire to hear the crowd roar one last time. The Wrestler snagged two Oscar nominations, one for Best Actor (Rourke) and one for Best Supporting Actress (Tomei). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Mickey Rourke
      Mickey Rourke - Randy "The Ram" Robinson
    • Marisa Tomei
      Marisa Tomei - Cassidy
    • Evan Rachel Wood
      Evan Rachel Wood - Stephanie Robinson
    • Ernest Miller
      Ernest Miller - The Ayatollah
    • Todd Barry
      Todd Barry - Wayne



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 55 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie!!!

      Posted
      redandblack6s

      You don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy this movie, although my wife and I are. In fact, if you're not a wrestling fan and think it's fake, you should definitely watch this movie to see exactly what these great athletes go through. People who are not fans of wrestling brush it off as fake. Wrestling is staged sports entertainment, not fake! The torture these men and women put their bodies through, 300 days out of the year, for their fans is everything but fake. This includes retired wrestlers, like Mickey Rourke's character, who refuse to quit for their fans. This movie is practically a documentary for those wrestlers. Mickey Rourke does a supurb acting job and was actually coached by many Hall of Famers, such as, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, and others. My only negative comment was the ending. My wife and I thought Darren Aronofsky could have concluded it a little better. (But that's just our opinion.) So, for all you wrestling fans, don't hesitate, BUY THIS MOVIE!!! For all those who don't like wrestling, I say watch it anyway. It may just give you a different perspective on this great industry and the wonderful forgotten greats that built it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Truly Great Film

      Posted
      twardyyy
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      If you're a fan of director Darren Aronofsky, then this is the perfect film for you. Aronofsky's take on a battered wrestler (Rourke) piecing his life together and going through daily struggles is phenomenal -- and it makes you wonder if current wrestlers have lives like the one that Rourke goes through. The acting is tremendous in this flick, with solid lead performances by the aforementioned Rourke, along with Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. There's no doubt in my mind that The Wrestler is one of the best movies of the 2000s and it will continue to stay up there for years. To go along with that, the pricing has always been solid, ranging anywhere from $7.99 to $12.99. For that price, I definitely recommend that anyone purchase this movie because it is that good. Definitely check it out if you haven't already.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      EXCELLENT MOVIE!

      Posted
      WillTheThrill84

      Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be a fan of wrestling to enjoy this movie, though, I am. Mickey Rourke is SPECTACULAR as Randy "The Ram", a pro-wrestler who reached the height of his popularity in the 80s. Now, Rourke's character is doing autograph signings and shows at Rec Centers just to make ends meet. He's a recovering alcoholic and drug user. Not to mention his steroid habits. This movie has single-handedly revived Mickey's career through his grity portrayal and the depth into which he becomes the character. Marissa Tomei is also amazing as a middle-aged stripper whom becomes the object of Rourke's affection. Overall, just an amazing movie from start to finish. Spend the money and pick up a copy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Aronofsky's best

      Posted
      bron04
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I had seen this film when it was in theaters back to back with Slumdog Millionaire. I enjoyed both at the time but I remember liking Slumdog a bit better…most likely because the pacing was probably better for doing a movie marathon in the theater. And while I still highly enjoy Slumdog, I find myself watching The Wrestler more often. It's more thought provoking, more emotional, more visceral. I had just purchased the blu ray version of both films recently and am so happy blu ray can give a more accurate transfer of film than dvd was capable of delivering. You get the full, natural grain without compromising the detail and sharpness that occurs with dvd. It's like being back in the theater again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not a bad movie

      Posted
      Legend1
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      I walked pass this movie time and time againg going in Bestbuy. Finally I decided to give a play and since it was on sale why not. I was impressed at this movie, it looked great also. I liked how he was well respected even though he wasn't living the lavish life of someone of his stature you'd think would be. I liked how raw this movie felt. It wasn't one of those blow em' up flicks which aren't bad but this makes the movie easier to connect. Only problem with this movie I had was the ending. Maybe I missed the point but I would've liked to see the out come. Did he die? or simply what happened? I don't think the movie led up that strong to end like that. Just my opinion. Overall great movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A glimpse into the life after the lights....

      Posted
      RoaNoCommonSense
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      The Wrestler is a very grim, depressing look at the struggles former superstar pro wrestlers face once the fans, money and fame are gone. Protagonist Randy "The Ram" Robinson juggles working menial jobs between occasional wrestling gigs, keeping up with his rent, trying to connect with his estranged daughter and wooing a local stripper. The movie explores how aging grapplers of years past struggle to find their way in a world beyond spandex, steroids and bodyslams.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best films in the last 5 years!

      Posted
      Nick80

      One of the best films that I have seen at least in the last few years. Mickey Rourke does a stellar job in portraying the character of Randy "The Ram". Besides winning the Golden Globe he also deserved winning the Academy Award for best actor rather than Sean Penn. Not just a great wrestling film, but also a terrific film based on drama, great acting and the emotional performance between Mickey Rourke and the rest of the cast. I give this film a thumbs up!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Wrestler DVD

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      kevindeets
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      I am not a fan of wrestling at all (and I haven't been since I was in 2nd grade and loved wrestlers like Jake The Snake Roberts, The Big Boss Man & Hulk Hogan). My older brother loves wrestling & wouldn't take "No" for an answer when trying to get me to watch this move. I was pleasantly surprised. So, you don't have to be a wrestling fan to like this film. It's well done.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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