Must Watch: Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler Trailer!

November 20, 2008
Source: Apple

The Wrestler

Fox Searchlight has unveiled the trailer for Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler. Drop what you're doing and watch this trailer now. The Wrestler may go on to win some Oscars and you'll want to see it as soon as you can. Every quote in this trailer is accurate. It is certainly "tender, gripping" and "remarkable" and unquestionably a phenomenal achievement for both Mickey Rourke and Darren Aronofsky. Even if you don't like wrestling, you need to watch this. The Wrestler is less about the sport and more about the lonely life of one wrestler. And it is as endearing as it is entertaining - a truly phenomenal bit of cinematic bliss.

Watch the trailer for Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler:

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You can also watch The Wrestler trailer in High Definition on Apple

The Wrestler is both directed and produced by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, of Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and The Fountain previously, with a script written by Robert D. Siegel, of only The Onion Movie previously. The film first premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival and was quickly picked up by Fox Searchlight for distribution. The Wrestler will hit very limited theaters starting on December 17th before expanding wider throughout January. Don't miss this - you will love it!

The Wrestler Poster

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Reader Feedback - 60 Comments


wow this movie looks pretty intense, i doubt it'll top "Requiem for a Dream" though that movie was way 2 good

Castro on Nov 20, 2008


Didnt know what to expect from this movie but it actually looks pretty good.

Turd Ferguson on Nov 20, 2008


Looks really promising. Anything with Aronofsky's name attached to it does.

Farris on Nov 20, 2008


I'm down. Nearly started crying watching the trailer. Think I'll go and punch a baby in the face for my moment of weakness.

Crapola on Nov 20, 2008


Damn, the trailer made me tear up. I can't imagine what this film will do to me.. I can't wait!

Tim C on Nov 20, 2008


Looks great, almost like a reworking of Rocky chuck on Nov 20, 2008


Looks great

Carl Denham on Nov 20, 2008


I hope this is his comeback. It looks great.

TCox on Nov 20, 2008


I was fortunate to watch a screening and do a Q @ A with Darren last week in San Diego. This is the can't miss movie of the year! Gritty and Real and Rourke is amazing in the top flick of the Year along with Slumdog and The Dark Knight. That's my top three and I wouldn't be surprised to see a bunch of nominations go up with all three. Darren was true to his word as I personally asked him if it would be up soon and he said November 20th. Also he is still in the running for ROBOCOP and Nick Cage wanted this role very bad, but it was meant for ROURKE and boy does is show. The springsteen cut was perfect for the trailer as well. 🙂

dee on Nov 20, 2008


Can't wait!

Caleb on Nov 20, 2008


comeback? You mean first coming

dac_fan on Nov 20, 2008


Two things! This is no Rocky! No way in hell and it blows rocky out the water! Darren said, " he was going to reinvent himself with each movie he makes". He took a page from Madonna so you will not see another Requiem or Fountain ever again! Which is awesome since he is a diversed director. This movie also has a lot of laugh out loud comedic moments which was different for him. Mickey also Improv'd quite a bit which was left in the movie, especially the DELI scene. 🙂

dee on Nov 20, 2008


Superb trailer! Mickey Rourke is BACK!! T

Conrad on Nov 20, 2008


Reminds me of Over The Top starring Stallone.

bart on Nov 20, 2008



-peter- on Nov 20, 2008


This actually looks fantastic. Will definately go to see this. As long as no WWE nerds get involved hahahaha!!!

Matt on Nov 20, 2008


It's got soul.

MCab on Nov 20, 2008


Finally a movie i can anticipate!

Bob on Nov 20, 2008


Mickey Rourke is back! How awesome! I love Aronofsky's work. I will be checkin' this out too. 🙂

Spider on Nov 20, 2008


WOW. Thats all i can say

Chris on Nov 20, 2008


Rourke looks like Rocky Dennis.

Rushka on Nov 20, 2008


21 ROCKY DENNIS!!!!!!! hahhahahah you are killing me!

dee on Nov 20, 2008


To #4: I almost spit my coffee everywhere reading your post. Too funny... There are very few films that truly embody the essence of truth. I think this film has that chance. I look forward to this film more then anything else coming out this year.

Quanah on Nov 20, 2008


it's the story of jake the snake roberts or at least very close to it

adam on Nov 20, 2008


I thought he kind of looked like Charlize Theron from Monster, myself.

Kate on Nov 20, 2008


that looks amazing...does anyone know what Springsteen song that is?

seoulman on Nov 20, 2008


FirstShowing needs to bring back the poster contests and get their hands on some of these!

Zach D. on Nov 20, 2008


i want that poster

twispious on Nov 20, 2008


The Springsteen song was a gift for Mickey from the Boss. He gave it to them for free, liek Darren mentioned, " it's not like he needs the money". He did it as a favor for Mickey as the Boss is a huge Rourke fan. It is called The Wrestler.

dee on Nov 20, 2008


Looks great. Reminds me of ROCKY BALBOA which I loved and well that's hard to top since 30 years of an iconic figure... but this one looks great too.

BONO on Nov 20, 2008


Looks good. Count me in. Also Marisa Tomei is a huge plus.

jman571 on Nov 21, 2008


What happened to Rourkes face ? I thought they used make up on him in Sin City but after seing this I realised he actually looks like that. Trailer looks good by the way.

Shige on Nov 21, 2008


32 He was A Boxer for a while, 6 nose operations, and Bad Ageing. He also cut his forhead with a razor blade for this film. Who Cares, some people dont need to be Brad Pitt if they got the Acting to say Rorke does.

Ripper on Nov 21, 2008


This looks awesome. Great cast, and its in Jersey! ha! Oh yeah, going to make a lot of people cry for sure. I'm down for it.

Nick Sears on Nov 21, 2008



WERDNAFAZ on Nov 21, 2008


#33 I know he was a boxer but somewhere during last 3 years his face just changed.

Shige on Nov 21, 2008


Looks beautiful.

MichaelBay on Nov 21, 2008


If the movie is half as good as the trailer this will be excellent.

John on Nov 21, 2008


just give him the award

darrin on Nov 21, 2008


Bawled. My. Eyes. Out. "I'm just a broken down piece of meat and I deserve to be alone."

b on Nov 21, 2008


boooo.... thought this movie was about wrestling. I dont need no stinkin drama

stevedawg on Nov 21, 2008


This looks like a winner. I'm in.

Dave Lister, JMC on Nov 21, 2008


I can't wait! A friend of mine saw it at a festival and LOVED it. The Boss' song there is so amazing <3

samy on Nov 21, 2008


i cried

Not You on Nov 21, 2008


Why was I under the impression that Darren Aronofsky wrote this? Did he not say that he actually started writing this back in his college days?

Nick O. on Nov 21, 2008


i'm so mad how long they made me wait until the trailer came out. i was hoping to see this months ago and the wait was well worth it. this looks so amazing and i hope i don't build it up to be so great that i don't enjoy it as much as i think i will. i think. but i know it's gonna be great.

dennis on Nov 21, 2008


Wow! Didn't expect it to look that great. Can't wait!

Ryan on Nov 21, 2008


It was a good trailer but Mickeys bad face lift or botox kept distracting me.

Dan on Nov 21, 2008


#48 I think that may actually be more from plastic surgery and some steroid use. I know about the plastic surgery for sure, but the steroid use is online speculation and hearsay.

Quanah on Nov 21, 2008


WOW. Rouke look amazing in the trailer. The song from Bruce is amazing too. A great movie it'll be.

Gab on Nov 22, 2008


Sin City was the Mickeys return/resurrection/rebirth etc. This is just another showcase of his talent. Looks superb.

mrbobbyboy on Nov 22, 2008


WTF tha'ts Mickey Rourke? Either way it does look like a surprising touching story.

John on Nov 22, 2008


Wow. I was ready to never watch that trailer or even care about the movie ... let alone Mickey Rourke. Holy Crap! That looked absolutely phenomenal. Just the glimpses of Rourke's acting in this is breathtaking and heart wrenching. Who thought I could actually enjoy a second movie with Mickey Rourke in it ... Sin City being the other one.

Hilander on Nov 25, 2008


rocky films bore me. this, this looks intriguing, and quite touching too.

dave13 on Nov 26, 2008


Just watching this trailer brings a tear to my eye, just like The Fountain did. Congrats on another masterpiece Mr. Aronofsky

SLee on Dec 18, 2008


i never go to the movies, but after watching this short film, i may do so........ i do like wrestling on tv. and the seen where he tell's his daughter not to hate him made me tear up .... yep this may be the film i go see, the last movie i saw was "once apon a time in mexico" does anyone remember that one ? yes a very long time ago

sue on Jan 30, 2009


The trailer looks great. Rook look amazing. I am doing to see it on this weekend.

Canvas Paintings on Feb 7, 2009


The Wrestler was FANTASTIC......Mickey, you were AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Moi on May 23, 2009


yep, I love him, not so much as wrestling...but he rocks in this movie

oil painting reproduction on May 27, 2009


I saw this movie and it left an lasting impression. We know what it is to grow old on the outside and stay young on the inside. Mickey Rourke protrayed that excellently. Best acting I've seen in a long time.

faye on Jan 14, 2010

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