The Wrestler


1h 45m 2008

Brief Synopsis

Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter and unable to sustain any r

Film Details

Also Known As
El luchador, Wrestler
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Ross Miller
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life--trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy "The Ram" back into his world of wrestling.

Crew

Nathan Abner

Song

Steven Adler

Song

Maryse Alberti

Director Of Photography

Maryse Alberti

Dp/Cinematographer

Jessica Allen

Editor

Bryan Anderson

Stunts

Jerelle Anderson

Song

Afa Anoai

Trainer

Alexis Arnold

Production Supervisor

Darren Aronofsky

Producer

Jonathan Arthur

Stunts

Joseph Aschalew

Song

Colleen Bachman

Post-Production Supervisor

Peter Baltes

Song

Frankie Banali

Song

Takbir Bashir

Song Performer

Takbir Bashir

Song

Ruark Behan

Grip

Steffany Bernstein

Wardrobe Supervisor

Graham Bertie

Song

Beverly Billin

Assistant Production Coordinator

Valerie Bisharat

Song Performer

Jim Black

Music Supervisor

Jeff Blando

Song

Barry Blaschke

Post-Production Assistant

Dana Bloder

Film Lab

Jason Boothie

Set Production Assistant

Anna Bosco

Accountant

David Boulton

Adr Mixer

Doug Bowen

Medic

Steve Boyle

Post-Production Accountant

Nate Braeuer

Assistant Location Manager

Bradley P Brandon

Song

Selina Van Den Brink

Art Department Coordinator

Rhino Bucket

Song Performer

James S Buckman

Transportation Captain

Jared Burke

Stunts

Rena Bussinger

Costumes

Jeff Butcher

Property Master

Marina Byquest

Office Assistant

Travis Cadalzo

Assistant Camera

Jose Caraballo

Apprentice

Dwayne Carter

Song

Carlos Cavazo

Song

Tony Cavazo

Song

Armond Cecere

Stunts

John Cenatiempo

Stunts

Travis Child

Scenic Artist

Chris Chin

Song

Judy Chin

Makeup

Don Ciana

Film Lab

Madonna Louise Ciccone (madonna)

Song

Madonna Louise Ciccone (madonna)

Song Performer

Ryan Collison

Foley Mixer

Peter Connors

Driver

Jeff Cook

Caterer

Monte Cristo

Wardrobe

Douglas Crosby

Stunt Coordinator

Robin Crosby

Song

Bone Crusher

Song Performer

Cara Czekanski

Costumer

Ben D'andrea

Dolly Grip

Joseph Decongilio

Caterer

Warren Demartini

Song

Brandon Dicamillo

Stunts

Udo Dirkschneider

Song

Georg Dolivo

Song

Robert T Donovan

Driver

Robert Downes

Song

Michael Draper

Song

David Dreishpoon

Caterer

Daniel Druker

Trainer

Daniel Druker

Stunts

Kevin Dubrow

Song

Marjorie Durand

Makeup Artist

Jeff Dutemple

Assistant Camera

Blas Elias

Song

Brian Emrich

Sound Designer

Brian Emrich

Sound Supervisor

Jackie Enx

Song

Dan Evans Farkas

Music Editor

Tommy Farra

Trainer

Charlie Fay

Driver

Joe Fay Jr.

Driver

Joseph Fay

Driver

Joel Feinberg

Song Performer

Joel Feinberg

Song

Todd Feldman

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Dan Fisher

Assistant Property Master

Brian Forsythe

Song

Geoff Foster

Music

Bruce L. Fowler

Original Music

Dennis Franklin

Production Assistant

Scott Franklin

Producer

Lauren Fritz

Assistant Location Manager

Randall Furino

Visual Effects Designer

Michael Gallart

Rigging Gaffer

Michael Gallart

Lighting Technician

Kenneth Garrison

Driver

Dror Gescheit

Boom Operator

Joanne Getson

Production Secretary

Evan Ginzburg

Associate Producer

Tal Goretsky

Digital Effects Artist

Lindsay Graham

Casting Associate

Richard Graves

Assistant Director

Macon Greyson

Song Performer

Timothy Grimes

Production Designer

Anguibe Guindo

Boom Operator

Robert Gurgo

Generator Operator

Aurore Guyot

Camera Trainee

John Halligan

Best Boy

Ari Handel

Associate Producer

Wayne Hardnett

Song

Gabriele Hauke

Song

Tim Healy

Rigging Gaffer

Craig Hench

Art Department

Joe Henry

Song

Charles Herzfeld

Advisor

Mark Heyman

Coproducer

Gabe Hilfer

Music Supervisor

William Hines

Generator Operator

Colin Ho-shing

Office Production Assistant

Wolf Hoffman

Song

Sean Hogan

Production Accountant

Mike Howells

Adr

Saul Hudson

Song

Kenneth Huffman

Song

Kristyn Hume

Visual Effects Designer

Shane Ingersoll

Production Assistant

Molly Irwin

Production Assistant

Sebastian Ischer

Assistant Editor

Ken Ishii

Sound Mixer

Abi Jackson

Location Assistant

Drew Jiritano

Special Effects

Bob Johnson

Driver

Joey Johnson

Song

Eben Jones

Song

Tristan Jones

Song

Rie Katagiri

Consultant

Ari Katz

Song

Stefan Kaufman

Song

Barbara Jean Kearney

Film Lab

Tom Keifer

Song

Chris Kelly

Prosthetic Makeup

Conor Kelly

Set Production Assistant

Jessica Kelly

Casting Associate

Jim Kelly

Driver

Reid Kelly

Best Boy Grip

Graham Klatt

Key Rigging Grip

Robin Koenig

On-Set Dresser

Dan Korintus

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Tannis Kristjanson

Song

Matty Lake

Assistant Director

Eoin V Lambe

Props Assistant

Misty Lavina

Consultant

Danny Lawrence

Song

Eric Leverenz

Film Lab

Bill Leverty

Song

James Lightfoot

Song

Santo Liveo

Song

William Louthe

Electrician

Mandy Lyons

Hair Stylist

Brendan Macdevette

Office Production Assistant

James Macmillan

Song

John Maisano

Prosthetic Makeup

Clint Mansell

Original Score

Vincent Maraval

Executive Producer

Mike Marino

Prosthetic Makeup

Tony Martinez

Adr Supervisor

Duff Mckagan

Song

Klaus Meine

Song

Agnes Mentre

Executive Producer

Raz Mesinai

Song

Raz Mesinai

Song Performer

Brett Michel

Driver

Vic Miech

Driver

Morgan Miller

Film Lab

Ross Miller

Production Insurance

Soren Miltich

Production Assistant

Jerad Molkenthin

Best Boy

Matt Monaco

Accounting Assistant

Eve Morrow

Makeup Artist

Jesse Morrow

Digital Effects Artist

Matt Munn

Art Director

Frank Murray

Production Accountant

Frank Murray

Production Supervisor

Paul Van Natten

Boom Operator

Robert Neary

Song Performer

Robert Neary

Song

Eve Nelson

Song

Peter Nolan

Camera Operator

Bobby O'neil

Transportation Co-Captain

Joe Origlieri

Sound

Jesse Ozeri

Apprentice

Eliza Paley

Sound Effects Editor

Stephen Pearcy

Song

Jay Peck

Foley Artist

Lenore Pemberton

Assistant Costume Designer

Janine Persad

Craft Service

Anthony Pettine

Script Supervisor

Film Details

Also Known As
El luchador, Wrestler
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Ross Miller
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Competition) August 27-September 6, 2008.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Gala Presentation) October 16-29, 2008.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 15-19, 2008.

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Horizons) July 3-11, 2009.

Nicholas Cage was previously attached to star.

Project was included on the 2007 Black List.

Fox Searchlight acquired domestic distribution rights at the 2008 Toronto Interntional Film Festival for a reported sum of $3-4 million.

Released in United States Winter December 17, 2008

Released in United States on Video April 21, 2009

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Galas) October 30-November 9, 2008.)

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at New York Film Festival (Closing Night) September 26-October 12, 2008.)

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Competition) August 27-September 6, 2008.)

Nominated for the 2008 award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Mickey Rourke) by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2008 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of the 2008 award for Best Actor (Mickey Rourke) by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA).

Winner of the 2008 award for Best Actor (Mickey Rourke) by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA).

Winner of the 2008 award for Best Actor (Mickey Rourke) by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of the 2008 award for Best Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei) and co-winner of the award for Best Actor (Mickey Rourke) by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC).

Winner of the 2008 Orange Award for Best Leading Actor (Mickey Rourke) by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival.

Winner of three 2008 Spirit Awards including Best Feature, Best Male Lead (Mickey Rourke) and Best Cinematography by Film Independent (FIND).

Winner of two 2008 awards including Best Film and Best Actor (Mickey Rourke) by the London Critics' Circle.

Released in United States Winter December 17, 2008

Released in United States on Video April 21, 2009

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States October 2008

Released in United States July 2009

Shown at New York Film Festival (Closing Night) September 26-October 12, 2008.

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Gala Presentation) October 16-29, 2008.)

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 15-19, 2008.)

Released in United States July 2009 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Horizons) July 3-11, 2009.)

Co-winner of the 2008 award for Best Actor (Mickey Rourke) by the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC).