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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

  • Release date:December 17, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Costume Guild Awards Amy Westcott Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Maryse Alberti Best Cinematography 2008 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bruce Springsteen Best Original Song 2008 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Bruce Springsteen Best Song 2008 Winner
Kansas City Film Critics Association Darren Aronofsky Best Director 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Darren Aronofsky Best Picture 2008 Winner
London Film Critics Association Darren Aronofsky Best Director 2008 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Darren Aronofsky Best Director 2008 Nominee
Las Vegas Film Critics Association Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Winner
Phoenix Film Critics Association Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Winner
San Diego Film Critics Association Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Winner
Detroit Film Critics Society Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Winner
Florida Film Critics Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Winner
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marisa Tomei Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2008 Nominee
Vancouver Film Critics Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Utah Film Critics Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mickey Rourke Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2008 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Iowa Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
San Diego Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Kansas City Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Women Film Critics Circle Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Detroit Film Critics Society Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Mickey Rourke Bravest Performance Award 2008 Winner
Florida Film Critics Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Vancouver Film Critics Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Southeastern Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mickey Rourke Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Utah Film Critics Evan Rachel Wood Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee
Kansas City Film Critics Association Robert Siegel Best Original Screenplay 2008 Winner
Utah Film Critics Robert Siegel Best Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Robert Siegel Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Southeastern Film Critics Association Robert Siegel Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Scott Franklin Best Picture 2008 Winner

Cast

Mickey Rourke
as Randy "The Ram" Robinson
Marisa Tomei
as Cassidy
Evan Rachel Wood
as Stephanie Robinson
Todd Barry
as Wayne
Judah Friedlander
as Scott
Mark Margolis
as Lenny
Wass W. Stevens
as Nick
Armin Amiri
as Doctor
Gregg Bello
as Larry
Judah Friedlander
as Scott
Gregg Bello
as Larry
Mark Margolis
as Lenny
Armin Amiri
as Doctor
Wass W. Stevens
as Nick
Todd Barry
as Wayne

Crew

Darren Aronofsky
Director
Darren Aronofsky
Producer
Scott Franklin
Producer
Nicolas Cage
Producer
Robert Siegel
Screenwriter
Maryse Alberti
Cinematographer
Jim Black
Musical Direction/Supervision
Gabe Hilfer
Musical Direction/Supervision
Clint Mansell
Composer (Music Score)
Andrew Weisblum
Editor
Tim Grimes
Production Designer
Matt Munn
Art Director
Mark Heyman
Co-producer
Jennifer Roth
Executive Producer
Agnes Mentre
Executive Producer
Vincent Maraval
Executive Producer
Theo Sena
Set Decorator
Amy Westcott
Costume Designer
Jacob Ribicoff
Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Ishii
Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Vernieu
Casting
Richard Graves
Second Assistant Director
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