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Check out the accuracy of `The Fighter'
January 6, 2011 - Andy Gray
Whenever I'm watching a movie based on real events, I can't help but wonder just how much is real and how much is artistic license.
A video produced by Kevin B. Lee and posted to YouTube (credit to the blog Cinematical, which is where I saw it) gives some insights on "The Fighter," one of 2010's best movies. Lee mixes clips of the movie's pivotal boxing match between Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg) and Shea Neary with footage and commentary from the original fight on HBO.
Some of it is shockingly accurate. Much of the fight commentary is word for word with the HBO broadcast. But David O. Russell also used many of the storytelling devices that the makers of boxing films have been using for decades.
Click on the link to watch the video. Since it includes copyrighted material, it might not last long on YouTube. And for those who haven't seen the movie, this fight is the climax of the film, so go see the movie first.
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