Inspired by an incredible true story, comes the rough, but affectionately humorous story of the return of a rare boxing hero "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his brother, Dicky Eklund (CHRISTIAN BALE). The two battled internally as Irish had to face as opponents before joining as brothers in a tough fight to win a major championship and strengthen their family ties.
With years of preparation, The Fighter was filmed in just 33 days on the streets of the working class neighborhoods of Lowell, Massachusetts. At first, producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman fell in love with the story of Micky and Dicky and saw that it was much more than a sporting victory. The star and producer Mark Wahlberg, director David O. Russell, the cast and crew came together to make the family of Micky and Dicky deeply human and come alive through a series of moments that are funny, tender, painful and triumphant confrontations that take place both in the living room as in the boxing ring.
The story begins when Dicky, pride of the city that once fought fiercely against Sugar Ray Leonard, is facing tough times. Meanwhile, Micky has become the fighter of the family, her budding career in the hands of his mother Alice (Melissa Leo). However, despite his great left hook, he was always punished in the ring. When Micky latest struggle nearly killed him, he is persuaded by the iron will of his new girlfriend, Charlene (AMY ADAMS), to do the unthinkable: leave his family, pursue their own interests and train far from his troubled brother.
Micky is then presented with the opportunity of a lifetime in a title fight, but it soon becomes clear that it will take the strength of his brother and the whole family to get there. Defying critics, they bet on a decision that will bring back to Dicky, Charlene, and the whole family to his corner of the ring and will result in one of the most amazing string of victories in the history of sports.
Micky fought the hardest battle of all: to win back his family.