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Sep. 15, 2010by: Dave Davis

The Boston boxing drama THE FIGHTER has itself been fighting its way to the screen. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and director Darren Aronofsky were all once involved, but eventually threw in the towel.

Now the movie has Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Mark Wahlberg and his THREE KINGS and I HEART HUCKABEES director David O. Russell. Seems like a decent trade, with some strong work from the principals (including Bale in his spooky-thin mode).

The synopsis: Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born lightweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work.

Check out the trailer below or in HD at Apple.

Extra Tidbit: Nice to see real Beantown boys like Wahlberg and Affleck bringing it home, but (despite being around it most of my life) it's wicked weird hearing that accent in major features.
Source: Apple

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9:28PM on 09/16/2010
Maybe because I dig Boxing, but this looks like a real winner. Great cast, great story = me going to see it.
Maybe because I dig Boxing, but this looks like a real winner. Great cast, great story = me going to see it.
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8:40PM on 09/16/2010

Wow. thanks to the trailer

I don't need to see this movie. I know exactly what happens.

He trains with his brother, but they're both losers, he meets this chick that likes him because he respects her.
He loses all his fights and wants to quit meanwhile his brother keeps fucking up. He blames his brother ruining a chance he had. His brother hates him for having the chance the brother doesn't have.

Walberg is offered one last shot to make it, but before he can step into the ring he'll reconcile with his brother
I don't need to see this movie. I know exactly what happens.

He trains with his brother, but they're both losers, he meets this chick that likes him because he respects her.
He loses all his fights and wants to quit meanwhile his brother keeps fucking up. He blames his brother ruining a chance he had. His brother hates him for having the chance the brother doesn't have.

Walberg is offered one last shot to make it, but before he can step into the ring he'll reconcile with his brother and together they'll face the challenger.

In the end, he loses the fight and is is cheered for his heart (Rocky) or he wins and is cheered for his underdog story (Rocky 2)

Thanks, but i'll stay at home for this one.
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5:10PM on 09/16/2010
I was just wondering about this film the other day.

Looks very sick. Supporting oscar for Bale eventually?

I will buy a ticket for this fo sho.
I was just wondering about this film the other day.

Looks very sick. Supporting oscar for Bale eventually?

I will buy a ticket for this fo sho.
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4:44PM on 09/16/2010
WOW. This actually looks really really good.I think I just saw the whole thing, but still....very good movie.
WOW. This actually looks really really good.I think I just saw the whole thing, but still....very good movie.
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4:14PM on 09/16/2010
Wow that looked different yet familiar. It started to get me a bit pumped towards the end. Why does Mark W. always sound slightly gay when he does serious roles (except The Departed)? Anyways definitely going to see that. Too bad they took the music from Lady in the Water and put it in the beginning of that trailer :)
Wow that looked different yet familiar. It started to get me a bit pumped towards the end. Why does Mark W. always sound slightly gay when he does serious roles (except The Departed)? Anyways definitely going to see that. Too bad they took the music from Lady in the Water and put it in the beginning of that trailer :)
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2:00PM on 09/16/2010

Almost 4got about this

I was following this about 2 years ago. Thought it went str8 to DVD. Love Mickey Ward, can't wait to see it
I was following this about 2 years ago. Thought it went str8 to DVD. Love Mickey Ward, can't wait to see it
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9:48AM on 09/16/2010
Looks great. The trailer was really good and I love everyone involved. Everyone looks on top of their game. Also, skinny Christian Bale is awesome.
Looks great. The trailer was really good and I love everyone involved. Everyone looks on top of their game. Also, skinny Christian Bale is awesome.
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9:03AM on 09/16/2010
This looks good. Boxing movies are great, mainly because real boxing is boring compared to boxing movies haha.

But I hate Amy Adams...I can't stand her.
This looks good. Boxing movies are great, mainly because real boxing is boring compared to boxing movies haha.

But I hate Amy Adams...I can't stand her.
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8:07AM on 09/16/2010
does amy adams boobs looks bigger i"ll do her anytime..
does amy adams boobs looks bigger i"ll do her anytime..
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7:21AM on 09/16/2010
does it disturb anyone else that academy award nominee appears over whalbergs name but not above bale's...that needs to change immediately
does it disturb anyone else that academy award nominee appears over whalbergs name but not above bale's...that needs to change immediately
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3:11PM on 09/16/2010
maybe this movie will give bale a chance to add that to his name
maybe this movie will give bale a chance to add that to his name
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4:48AM on 09/16/2010
I haven't sat through an entire trailer in a couple years I don't think. This one was no different. I liked the tone and feel and after a point you have to turn it off if you don't want the entire plot. Looks great. Russell and Wahlberg are a great team.
I haven't sat through an entire trailer in a couple years I don't think. This one was no different. I liked the tone and feel and after a point you have to turn it off if you don't want the entire plot. Looks great. Russell and Wahlberg are a great team.
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4:27AM on 09/16/2010

Could turn out either way, I think...

Obviously going to be Oscar bait in a big way, in the way that the original Rocky was never intended to be. "He's a fighter, break his hands!" was a moment in the trailer where you're supposed to gasp and I just laughed at how OTT it was. Still, looks interesting- loved Three Kings so will give Russell another try.
Obviously going to be Oscar bait in a big way, in the way that the original Rocky was never intended to be. "He's a fighter, break his hands!" was a moment in the trailer where you're supposed to gasp and I just laughed at how OTT it was. Still, looks interesting- loved Three Kings so will give Russell another try.
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4:14AM on 09/16/2010

Marky Mark

"Hey goat, I like your beard. I had a beard like that in The Perfect Storm. You see that movie? Alright, say hello to your mother for me"
"Hey goat, I like your beard. I had a beard like that in The Perfect Storm. You see that movie? Alright, say hello to your mother for me"
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4:05AM on 09/16/2010

Just one of those fucking trailers

that shows you the whole damn movie!
that shows you the whole damn movie!
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4:01AM on 09/16/2010
Feels like forever since David O. Russell made a flick. Glad to see him working with Wahlberg again... it took me a double-take to recognize Bale - he's goin all Machinist again and it looks like it's going to be good!
Feels like forever since David O. Russell made a flick. Glad to see him working with Wahlberg again... it took me a double-take to recognize Bale - he's goin all Machinist again and it looks like it's going to be good!
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2:32AM on 09/16/2010

Dare I say this looks as good as the original Rocky?

WOW Mark E Mark is really ripped in this, and Christian Bale is really skinny. Still not as skinny as when he was in the Machinist. I was afraid he was gonna die for real because of that movie! This looks really good!
WOW Mark E Mark is really ripped in this, and Christian Bale is really skinny. Still not as skinny as when he was in the Machinist. I was afraid he was gonna die for real because of that movie! This looks really good!
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2:11AM on 09/16/2010
I don't see anything wrong with the trailer. Wahlberg looked a little stale but I assume thats just the trailer. Amy Adams and Bale looks awesome. Def will be checking this one out.
I don't see anything wrong with the trailer. Wahlberg looked a little stale but I assume thats just the trailer. Amy Adams and Bale looks awesome. Def will be checking this one out.
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1:26AM on 09/16/2010
While nothing about this stands out as exceptional or mind blowing, it looks like a solid film. I enjoy all three big names attached to this and I always like a good boxing underdog film, so this looks like it could be solid. Then again, I also have this itching feeling that the film could also end up being very generic, which is not good.
While nothing about this stands out as exceptional or mind blowing, it looks like a solid film. I enjoy all three big names attached to this and I always like a good boxing underdog film, so this looks like it could be solid. Then again, I also have this itching feeling that the film could also end up being very generic, which is not good.
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1:10AM on 09/16/2010
Will this movie finally get Bale his much deserved Oscar nomination? I hope so
Will this movie finally get Bale his much deserved Oscar nomination? I hope so
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1:58AM on 09/16/2010
He should of had one for 'Empire of the Sun' back in the day if for nothing else.
He should of had one for 'Empire of the Sun' back in the day if for nothing else.
1:06AM on 09/16/2010

Bale= awesome

This guy never cease to amaze me(hope he gets a supporting nod for this movie), I AM so excited to see it.
This guy never cease to amaze me(hope he gets a supporting nod for this movie), I AM so excited to see it.
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12:41AM on 09/16/2010

can't wait

Bale jus looks freakin devoted in any thing he does
Bale jus looks freakin devoted in any thing he does
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12:16AM on 09/16/2010

No Arturo Gatti?

That's a huge dissapointment. It's like making an Ali movie without Joe Frazier.
That's a huge dissapointment. It's like making an Ali movie without Joe Frazier.
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1:00AM on 09/16/2010
Considering that the movie is about Mickey's life I wouldn't expect his bouts with Gatti to be a focal point. It was the highlight of his career so maybe they will show something at the end of the movie.
Considering that the movie is about Mickey's life I wouldn't expect his bouts with Gatti to be a focal point. It was the highlight of his career so maybe they will show something at the end of the movie.
1:30AM on 09/16/2010
I checked the imdb cast list and there's no mention of anyone playing Arturo Gatti and this doesn't seem like the kind of movie that could get a sequel.
I checked the imdb cast list and there's no mention of anyone playing Arturo Gatti and this doesn't seem like the kind of movie that could get a sequel.
10:29AM on 09/16/2010
Its about the beginning of his career not the end of it. Gatti wouldnt be involved
Its about the beginning of his career not the end of it. Gatti wouldnt be involved
12:12AM on 09/16/2010

Hard to believe....

but I actually want to see a boxing movie. Looks predictable but good. Plus; BALE IS METHOD. We don't get method acting much nowadays. The man is a legend in the making. Making Batman look that shitty takes skill. I'm in.
but I actually want to see a boxing movie. Looks predictable but good. Plus; BALE IS METHOD. We don't get method acting much nowadays. The man is a legend in the making. Making Batman look that shitty takes skill. I'm in.
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11:51PM on 09/15/2010
I know it's still early and we just have a glimpse at the trailer but I say Christian Bale nominated for Best Supporting Actor
I know it's still early and we just have a glimpse at the trailer but I say Christian Bale nominated for Best Supporting Actor
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11:49PM on 09/15/2010
So happy to see this happening. Born and raised in Lowell, Mass, got to see them shoot a couple stuff. Was very cool.
So happy to see this happening. Born and raised in Lowell, Mass, got to see them shoot a couple stuff. Was very cool.
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11:32PM on 09/15/2010
Good directors have always come through with good boxing movies. Raging Bull, Cinderella Man, Rocky, were all done well and this looks like it could be in that list.
Good directors have always come through with good boxing movies. Raging Bull, Cinderella Man, Rocky, were all done well and this looks like it could be in that list.
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11:32PM on 09/15/2010

Right on

Watched Mickey Ward through his career when he came to the ring always fought till there was nothing left great fighter and it looks like a great movie.
Watched Mickey Ward through his career when he came to the ring always fought till there was nothing left great fighter and it looks like a great movie.
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11:23PM on 09/15/2010

This looks awesome...

...no wonder so many cool peeps have been attached to this project over the years. Walhberg + Boston accents + boxing - Matt Damon + based on true story - Ben Affleck / David O. Russell + skinny Bale = I'M THERE!!
...no wonder so many cool peeps have been attached to this project over the years. Walhberg + Boston accents + boxing - Matt Damon + based on true story - Ben Affleck / David O. Russell + skinny Bale = I'M THERE!!
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11:07PM on 09/15/2010
The movie looks a lot better than it sounded from the synopsis. For some reason I didn't realize Amy Adams was in this, and that changes my opinion entirely. Not just because she's hot, but because she doesn't do bad movies.

And... why did Bale go all "Machinist" for this role? Doesn't seem necessary. I'd like to seem him get absurdly fat for a role, because he only seems good at getting disgustingly skinny.
The movie looks a lot better than it sounded from the synopsis. For some reason I didn't realize Amy Adams was in this, and that changes my opinion entirely. Not just because she's hot, but because she doesn't do bad movies.

And... why did Bale go all "Machinist" for this role? Doesn't seem necessary. I'd like to seem him get absurdly fat for a role, because he only seems good at getting disgustingly skinny.
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10:59PM on 09/15/2010
Looks pretty good
Looks pretty good
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10:53PM on 09/15/2010
I will definitely be seeing this.
I will definitely be seeing this.
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10:41PM on 09/15/2010

Another addition to the list...

Wow...looks incredible. And goddamn does Bale go the extra mile for his roles. He's fantastic.
Wow...looks incredible. And goddamn does Bale go the extra mile for his roles. He's fantastic.
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10:39PM on 09/15/2010

YES

Fuck the hate! David O Russel is a BEAST and so is Wahlberg and Bale, COUNT ME IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fuck the hate! David O Russel is a BEAST and so is Wahlberg and Bale, COUNT ME IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10:30PM on 09/15/2010
Why did they make a movie about Micky Ward??.. So are they covering the match where Ward gets beat by Gatti (who had a broken hand during the match)? How do you get beat by a guy with one hand?
Why did they make a movie about Micky Ward??.. So are they covering the match where Ward gets beat by Gatti (who had a broken hand during the match)? How do you get beat by a guy with one hand?
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10:26PM on 09/15/2010
I agree with Mark_Rumsfield in that, throughout the trailer, I kept thinking that this could be called Cinderella Man 2. Same movie, different boxer. I feel like I've seen the whole movie just by watching that trailer.
I agree with Mark_Rumsfield in that, throughout the trailer, I kept thinking that this could be called Cinderella Man 2. Same movie, different boxer. I feel like I've seen the whole movie just by watching that trailer.
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10:15PM on 09/15/2010
Looks good to me. I'm sure Bale will give a great performance, and even though Wahlberg doesn't seem to get a lot of respect for his acting, I think he can be really good in the right role.
Looks good to me. I'm sure Bale will give a great performance, and even though Wahlberg doesn't seem to get a lot of respect for his acting, I think he can be really good in the right role.
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10:00PM on 09/15/2010
I've never seen so many puns in one plot description.
I've never seen so many puns in one plot description.
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9:53PM on 09/15/2010
For a David O. Russell movie this looks oddly...generic. At least the way the trailer made it seem, as if this was your typical Hollywood boxing movie, Cinderella Man 2. However, I'm a fan of Christian Bale and Amy Adams so I will still see it. Just not expecting much.
For a David O. Russell movie this looks oddly...generic. At least the way the trailer made it seem, as if this was your typical Hollywood boxing movie, Cinderella Man 2. However, I'm a fan of Christian Bale and Amy Adams so I will still see it. Just not expecting much.
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9:46PM on 09/15/2010
YES!


That looks awesome
YES!


That looks awesome
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