PRE­MIERE Mon­day THE FIGHTER

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

GO!, Mon­day, 9.30pm, AV15+ ( 2010)

Di­rec­tor David O. Rus­sell ( Three Kings) scores a knock- out with this orig­i­nal en­try in the box­ing film genre. Wel­ter­weight boxer Dicky Ek­lund made lo­cal his­tory in the work­ing- class Mas­sachusetts city of Low­ell in the 1970s by send­ing Su­gar Ray Leonard to the mat. Later, strug­gling with drug ad­dic­tion and run­ning petty hus­tles, Dicky ( an al­most ema­ci­ated Chris­tian Bale) trained his half- brother Micky Ward ( Mark Wahlberg) to have a crack at a world wel­ter­weight cham­pi­onship. With a stellar cast in­clud­ing Amy Adams as Micky’s girl­friend Char­lene and Melissa Leo as his dom­i­neer­ing mother, this true story of pluck and de­ter­mi­na­tion is not easy view­ing, but def­i­nitely a win­ner.

Mark Wahlberg and Chris­tian Bale.

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