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The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg stars in David O Russell's (I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings) Oscar-winning biopic of the American welterweight boxer Micky Ward.

Ward (Wahlberg) grew up in the supremely tough working-class neighbourhood of Lowell, Massachusetts, and, in the 90s, aimed for the classic escape from that environment - via boxing.

Indeed, his brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) once showed promise in the sport - but that was a decade ago, before he succumbed to drug addiction. Now the elder sibling is Micky's coach and, keeping it in the family, his ferocious mother Alice (Melissa Leo) is acting as his manager.

But do either of his 'support staff' have what it takes to unlock his full potential? Ward's girlfriend Charlene (Amy Adams) thinks not and is agitating for change.

Will the good-natured pugilist put ambition before blood loyalty?

Bale and Leo both picked up Academy Awards for their supporting roles in the drama.

(2010) Cert: 15

The Fighter synopsis

A talented boxer struggles to emerge from the clingy influence of his overbearing family in order to realise his true potential

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