Film of the Week: The Fighter

This Golden Globe-nominated film tells the stirring tale of a small-town boxer trying to make it to the top.

The Fighter

Release date: 2 February 2011

Running time: 116 mins

Director: David O Russell

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams

Dickie Eckland (Christian Bale) used to be a contender, but these days he's just a washed-up boxer, sullied by drug addiction. His younger half-brother, Mickey (Mark Wahlberg) has become the family hope in the ring and it's Dickie's job to pass on everything he knows. That is until Mickey loses the last in a long line of fights.

Fed up with feeling humiliated, he decides to hang up his gloves, but pretty barmaid Charlene (Amy Adams) persuades him otherwise, giving him the courage he needs to step away from his destructive family and make a break for victory on his own. Can his family give him the space he needs to flourish, or can they reconcile themselves to work together and make him even stronger? With stellar performances from an impressive cast, you'll enjoy finding out.

Screenplay: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson

You should see it because: Not only is this film vying for Best Picture at the Oscars, Christian Bale has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor!

See it if you liked: Million Dollar Baby (2004), Cinderella Man (2005), Brothers (2009)

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