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The Wrestler (2008)

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Drama, Sport |

The Wrestler is a American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Robert Siegel. The film stars Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Production began in January 2008 and Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired rights to distribute the film in the U.S.; it was released in a limited capacity on December 17, 2008, and was released nationwide on January 23, 2009.

Rourke plays an aging professional wrestler who, despite his failing health and waning fame, continues to wrestle in an attempt to cling to the success of his 1980s heyday. He also tries to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter and to find romance with a woman who works as a stripper.

Robin Ramzinski, better known by his ring name Randy “The Ram” Robinson, is a professional wrestler who became a celebrity in the 1980s. Now past his prime, Randy wrestles on weekends for independent promotions in New Jersey while working part-time at a supermarket under Wayne, a demeaning manager who mocks Randy’s wrestling background. As a regular at a strip club, Randy befriends a stripper named Cassidy, who is, like Randy, too old for her job. After winning a local match, Randy agrees to a proposed 20th-anniversary rematch with his most notable opponent, “The Ayatollah”, which could bring him back to stardom.

Randy intensifies his training, which includes steroid injections. After wrestling in a hardcore match, Randy suffers a heart attack backstage and undergoes coronary artery bypass surgery. His doctor tells him that he nearly died and has to stop the steroids. Feeling that he is unable to wrestle in his present condition, Randy decides to retire and begins working a full-time shift at the supermarket’s deli counter.

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writer: Robert Siegel

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens, Judah Friedlander

►Cast:

Mickey RourkeRandy ‘The Ram’ Robinson
Marisa TomeiCassidy
Evan Rachel WoodStephanie
Mark MargolisLenny
Todd BarryWayne
Wass StevensNick Volpe
Judah FriedlanderScott Brumberg
Ernest MillerThe Ayatollah
Dylan Keith SummersNecro Butcher (as Dylan Summers)
Tommy FarraTommy Rotten
Mike MillerLex Lethal
Marcia Jean KurtzAdmissions Desk Woman
John D’LeoAdam
Ajay NaiduMedic
Gregg BelloJAPW Promoter Larry Cohen
Scott SiegelGreg
Maurizio FerrignoSpotter
Donnetta Lavinia GraysJen
Andrea LangiAlyssa
Armin AmiriDr. Moayedizadeh
Vale AnoaiPharmacist (as Lynn Tovale Anoa’i)
Ryan LynnStrip Club Best Man
Michael DrayerStrip Club Bachelor
Alyssa BresnahanCheeques Bartender
Jeff ChenaHotel Bartender
Vernon CampbellBig Chris (as Vernon W. Campbell)
Felice ChoiBeautician
Bernadette PenottiTanning Salon Owner
Johnny ValiantThe Legend Johnny Valiant
Ron KillingsRon ‘The Truth’ Killings
Giovanni RoselliRomeo Roselli
Robert SiegelAutograph Fan #1
Scott FranklinAutograph Fan #2
Sylvia KaudersHudson Acres Lady at Deli Counter
Alissa ReislerYoung Housewife at Deli Counter
Willy RosnerTouchdown Man at Deli Counter
Rebecca DarkeGerman Potato Salad Lady at Deli Counter
E.J. CarrollTeamster at Deli Counter
Abraham AronofskyAnnoyed Man at Deli Counter
Charlotte AronofskyAnnoyed Woman at Deli Counter
T.J. KedzierskiJameson (as T.J. Kedzieerski)
Jen CohnGet a Room Lady
Tyrone ScottWXW Announcer (as Maven Bentley)
Douglas CrosbyWXW Referee
Larry MercerCZW Announcer (as Larry Legend)
Nick TygielskiCZW Referee (as Nick Papagerio)
Kevin KellyROH Announcer (as Kevin Foote)
Jon TroskyROH Referee
Andrew AndersonWrestler
Daniel SolwoldWrestler (as Austin Aries)
Brian HeffronWrestler (as Blue Meanie)
Nicky BenzWrestler
BrollyWrestler
Lamar Braxton PorterWrestler
Claudio CastagnoliWrestler (as Claudio Castignoli)
CobianWrestler
Doc DanielsWrestler
Bobby DempseyWrestler
Billy DreamWrestler
Rob StraussWrestler (as Rob Eckos)
Nate HatredWrestler
Kit CopeWrestler (as Havoc)
David John MarklandWrestler (as DJ Hyde)
Danny GimondoWrestler (as Inferno)
Jess LiaudinWrestler (as Joker)
JudasWrestler
Kid U.S.A.Wrestler
Lloyd AnoaiWrestler (as LA Smooth)
Toa MaiviaWrestler (as Toa Mairie)
Kevin Matthew McdonaldWrestler (as Kevin Matthews)
Charles RennerWrestler (as Devon Moore)
Pete NixonWrestler
Paul E. NormousWrestler
Dimitrios PapadoniouWrestler (as Papadon)
Darnell KittiellWrestler (as Sabian)
Jay SantanaWrestler
SuggaWrestler
Alex WhybrowWrestler (as Larry Sweeney)
Mark PantaloneWrestler (as Whacks)
Olivia BasemanAlyssa’s Roommate
Sakinah BinghamRing Girl
Peter BondPete Nixon
Laura Lee CebrickStriper
Peter ConboyFans at Table
Mike CoughlinPromoter
Brandon DiCamilloAudience Member
Bennett DunnRingside Fan
Anna-Karin EskilssonGirl in Supermarket
Jonathan Feria-MorenoWrestling Fan
Evan GinzburgFan at Convention
Richard GravesFan
Joe HuuStrip Club Patron
Michael Anthony JoyWrestling Fan
David JuskowRing Announcer
Cory KastleWrestler
Piper KennyDJ
Henry KwanStrip Club Patron
Marca LeighWrestling Fan
Jill LordAutograph Mom
Michael MarinoMedic #2

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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