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‘Wrestler’ now on DVD

Movie fans in Letcher and surrounding counties finally are getting more than a one-week chance to see “The Wrestler,” a film that many believe should have resulted in an Academy Award for actor Mickey Rourke. The film was released for home use this week on DVD and Blu-ray.

In “The Wrestler,” Rourke gives the performance of his career as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a washed-up wrestler who was a big hit back in the 1980s but is now long past his prime. No longer a part of the big circuit, Randy accepts matches for a few local indie promoters earning a few bucks here and there and then works a day job at a supermarket in New Jersey.

One day he gets an offer to perform a 20-year-anniversary rematch of a Madison Square Garden bout between himself and his arch nemesis from the ’80s, “The Ayatollah,” who is now working at a used-car lot in Arizona. Randy begins to get himself back into shape and in the process, has a heart attack and is told that he can no longer wrestle or take steroids again or he will die.

In the midst of all of that mess, he tries to hook up with a stripper (Marisa Tomei), who like Randy is well past her prime but still has a few good moves left. He also tries to make peace with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), before he ignores the doctor’s advice to go ahead with the wrestling match that probably will kill him.

“The Wrestler” is one of those great indie films filled with awesome performances, a great story and none of the pat mainstream Hollywood endings. It’s one of those films you heard a lot about but probably didn’t get a chance to see in the theater. Now’s your chance.

— From staff, syndicate reports

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