The Fighter is based on the true-life story of American boxer Micky Ward. It examines Ward's early years when he lost several fights, retired for the first time and then began his comeback. It also deals with addiction issues and a large, dysfunctional family.
The four principal characters--Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams--deliver Oscar-worthy performances. I was very impressed by Christian Bale's portrayal of Dicky Eklund, the former "Pride of Lowell," who battles an addiction problem and helps his half brother achieve success in the boxing world.
This is more than just a boxing film.
Watch the trailer.