Movie review: 'Wrestler' has a strong hold

  • Article by: Colin Covert , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 29, 2009 - 4:09 PM

Mickey Rourke pours his heart and soul into this bittersweet knockout.

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ChrisVJan. 9, 09 9:18 AM

I'm a longtime wrestling fan, and all the "insider magazines" that cover wrestling -- what really happens behind the scenes -- says this movie is a dead-on portrayal of what life is like for too many former wrestling stars.

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AndySlashJan. 9, 09 1:07 PM

My hope is that with the success of this film that the media will take a harder look into the realities of what goes on behind-the-scenes to see just how so many real-life wrestlers end up like The Ram. Darren Aronofsky has already come out and said that wrestlers should have a union that protects their interests- something that folks like Jesse Ventura have been promoting for years. Wade Keller, a local wrestling writer, has long been a proponent of an "off-season" in wrestling that allows wrestlers to heal nagging injuries, mentally recharge, and spend more time with their families- things that most other athletes of their caliber regularly get to do. It is these kinds of things that I hope the success of this movie can bring out to wider public scrutiny.

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bigteethJan. 9, 09 1:11 PM

there were any longtime wrestling fans left. You do realize that professional wrestling is completely false and that other true sports do exist?

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AndySlashJan. 9, 09 1:13 PM

bigteeth, your astute revelation has just collapsed my entire world view.

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cherub1184Jan. 9, 09 1:33 PM

I'm not the biggest fan of wrestling but this movie looks like it has a lot of good things to say about human emotion and life after your glory days. I am interested in seeing it.

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hoisonsauceJan. 9, 09 2:11 PM

...is a very underrated actor. During his "absence" from acting he's had some small but very well acted roles in movies like "The Rainmaker," and "Buffalo 66." He was the perfect choice to play Marv in "Sin City."

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mnordquistJan. 9, 09 2:39 PM

It was really good. As an 'insider', it hit a little too close to home. I definitely hope it opens the eyes of the general public as to the sacrifice given for the love of entertaining the fans.

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skeeterzx180Jan. 9, 09 2:43 PM

To anyone who saw the movie/documentary called "Behind the Mat" you know that the true life stories of washed up wrestlers is very sad. This was a great movie because it never felt fake. It brought back memories as a little kid when my dad took me to wrestling matches at the local mall or VFW. I looked up to those wrestlers as "super hero like", now that I'm older and understand what they go through for just a couple of bucks, it's very sad indeed. Kudos to this film!

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solaceJan. 9, 09 3:43 PM

pretty sure Ayatollah was living in Phoenix, AZ and not California. great film though

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foobarxyzJan. 9, 09 9:41 PM

Every hear of a little movie called Barfly (1987)?

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