In 1988 Lowell, Mass. welterweight boxer "Irish" Micky Ward is a co-dependent man enabling his own abuse with the management of his abusive, narcissistic mother and the training of his crack addicted brother, Dicky, himself a former boxer. Micky knows he's being used by them as a means of support, but he hasn't the emotional strength to disagree with the horrific demands they put on him and his body. Then he meets Charlene, a barmaid and former gymnast, who is not scared to take on his whole family if it means helping Micky achieve dreams of championship his way, not theirs.
David O. Russell
Cast : Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Writer : Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Language : English