The Wrestler Trailer (2008)

Feature trailer for The Wrestler.

Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram Robinson" (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey.

Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life -- trying to reconnect with his daughter, and strikes up a blossoming romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy "The Ram" back into his world of wrestling.

Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home ­ inside the ring.

The film features WWE wrestler R-Truth (Ron Killings).

In The Wrestler, actor Scott Spiegel plays a steroids dealer. Real life would mimic art, as he was arrested a few short months later for steroids possession.

The Wrestler Trailer Screencap

With all of the critiques from acclaimed film festivals peppered throughout The Wrestler trailer, one gets the impression that the film is deep and its story focuses on characters rather than plot.

The music in the trailer brings to mind someone who has been defeated, but is fighting back to reclaim their former glory. As the trailer progresses, the viewer sees more footage of the main character (Mickey Rourke) outside of the ring then inside (which hints as the story focusing on characters more then just being a movie about wrestling). Along with this, the viewer also sees a decent amount of "behind the scenes" footage of the wrestling show.

Last, but not least, the music is inspiring and calming. Overall, the trailer definitely gives off an art house vibe. This doesn't seem like a summer blockbuster but rather a small and simple story about a man and his fledgling career.

2 min 27 sec


Posted On
November 20, 2008
Darren Aronofsky

Robert Siegel

Fox Searchlight

December 19, 2008
Mickey Rourke
Marisa Tomei
Ernest Miller
Wass Stevens
Evan Rachel Wood
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Bruce Springsteen

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