The Wrestler (1974)

PG   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama


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Promoting the world of professional wrestling at the expense of the plot itself, Frank Bass (Ed Asner) takes a stand and defends what he thinks is right. Gamblers, mobsters, unscrupulous ... See full summary »


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24 August 2002 | Space_Mafune
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| Good Nostalgic Fun for AWA Fans
Mike Bullard the Champ is still on top and beating all contenders but is getting on in years. The promoter/lead character in this film is looking for a replacement and hopes he has found him a young talent named Billy Taylor.

Interesting curio from the 70s...a kayfabe pro wrestling film! As a lifelong wrestling fan I was quite amused to see real wrestlers were used in this film in their well-known wrestling personas. Billy Robinson appears as Billy Taylor and legendary AWA wrestling champ Verne Gagne appears as Mike Bullard. To an oldtime/old school wrestling fan, the film is fun to watch just to spot all the grapplers and to these fans the story will resonate. However, most everyone else will notice that the majority of the wrestlers involved here really cannot act and will probably find the wrestling scenes a bore and lose interest.

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