THE WRESTLER

Movie 8.30pm, ONE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Best On The Box - – DS

Mickey Rourke at his bat­tered, bea­t­en­down best de­liv­ers the per­for­mance of a life­time play­ing Robin Ramzin­ski – aka Randy “The Ram” Robin­son – a wrestler past his prime whose celebrity star has faded.

Randy now works in a su­per­mar­ket, wres­tles week­ends, and is de­rided by his man­ager.

Fac­tor in his fail­ing health, frac­tured fam­ily re­la­tion­ships, his ro­mance with a former strip­per and his dream of reat­tain­ing his former glory, and the re­sult is si­mul­ta­ne­ously hu­mor­ous, heart­break­ing, touch­ing and exquisi­tel painful. Rourke’s per­for­mance makes the viewer ache.

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