HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘The Fighter’ With Christian Bale

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CHICAGO – In our latest boxing edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 admit-two advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to “The Fighter” with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg! Five additional winners will win sweatshirts and headphones, too!

“The Fighter” also stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Mickey O’Keefe, Jack McGee, Melissa McMeekin, Bianca Hunter, Erica McDermott, Jill Quigg, Dendrie Taylor, Kate B. O’Brien, Jenna Lamia, Frank Renzulli and Caitlin Dwyer from director David O. Russell and writers Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy.

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The movie poster for The Fighter with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg
The movie poster for “The Fighter” with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg.
Image credit: Paramount Pictures

Here is the plot description for “The Fighter”:

Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale) is a former boxing hero who squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) (his half brother) is the struggling journeyman boxer who spent his life living in his big brother’s shadow.

“The Fighter” is inspired by the true story of two brothers who – against all the odds – come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and finally give their hard-luck town what it’s been waiting for: pride.

The story unfolds on the gritty, blue-collar streets of Lowell, Mass. where Dicky was once known as “The Pride of Lowell” after having gone the distance with the world-champion Sugar Ray Leonard. After losing that fight, Dicky has fallen on hard times (like the town of Lowell). His boxing days are behind him and his life has become shattered by drug abuse.

Younger brother Micky, meanwhile, has become the family’s fighter and fading hope for a champion. But despite all of his work, Micky’s career is failing and he loses fight after punishing fight. Dicky and Micky’s tougher-than-nails mother, Alice (Melissa Leo), manages his career and Dicky serves as his highly unreliable trainer.

When Micky’s latest fight nearly kills him, it looks like it could all be over until his iron-willed new girlfriend, Charlene (Amy Adams), convinces him to do the unthinkable: split with his family, pursue his own interests and train without his increasingly volatile and criminal brother.

Now Micky has the chance of a lifetime as he earns a shot at the world championship. But when his brother and dysfunctional family reenter his life, they must all reconcile their pasts and become more than just a family in name. With Micky and Dicky reunited, this becomes more than just a fight. It’s an all-out comeback for these brothers, their family and their city.

When it’s over, Micky will have become a champion, a hometown legend and the new “Pride of Lowell”. “The Fighter” is a moving and often-humorous drama about fighting for the people you love. The film opens everywhere on Dec. 17, 2010.

The movie trailer for “The Fighter” can be watched now below.

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Star What do you love and hate about comeback stories?

This Hookup is simple: 30 readers will be selected as the winners of our free “The Fighter” Hookup for our advance-screening movie passes! An additional five winners will win our sweatshirts and headphones. The winners will be mailed their prizes at our expense. Good luck!

HollywoodChicago.com editor-in-chief and publisher Adam Fendelman


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tip_cosmic's picture


I love that there’s a happy ending but in the same stance I hate that I know how the movie is going to end.

Anonymous's picture

What I love about comeback

What I love about comeback stories is there is usually a happy ending. What I hate is it’s always the same story line with the same characters, just different sports.

Anonymous's picture

Love rooting for the guy

Love rooting for the guy when the odds are against him, we all deserve a second chance.

Dont hate anything, except sometimes they are predictable.

Tom Alexander's picture

Comeback stories

Love: The improbability, the idea that anything is possible.
Hate: Sometimes people pour on so much sappiness. They are by nature somewhat sappy, so a little understatement could be good.

Anonymous's picture

What do I love and hate about comeback stories?

I love the hope and challenges the story provides, but I hate that I usually end up crying at some point for sentimentality

shazaam86's picture

Love and Hate about comeback stories

Like many (I assume) I love that the underdog can have his/her moment of moment of redemption - though many times it seems to me that the winner never fully wins anything. Though they’ve defeat their main focus they’ve lost so much in the process.

davidb71's picture


I love that you typically get so emotionally attached to a character that you want to see that person succeed and win and when that person does, you feel like you are right there with that person and typically cry (at least I do) I hate that sometimes the comeback movie is a little to formula as far as good guy, humble beginning, on top, knocked down, music montage and then back at the last minute to win.

jonathan plezures's picture


i love The idea that anything is possible.
but i hate that They are by nature somewhat sappy, so a little understatement could be good

Predictability's picture

I love the idea of a

I love the idea of a comeback, it’s so American. However, too often is the comeback story presented in a typical, predictable and boring way.

deemcfly's picture


I love when the good person comes back and prevails over all, after being put down for so long!

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