'The Fighter'

Let's see, there's a down-on-his-luck boxer from a poor neighborhood, facing impossible odds in the ring yet buoyed by the love of a good woman. There's even an uplifting run through the streets of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100101023010000" title="Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)" href="/topic/us/pennsylvania/philadelphia-county/philadelphia-%28philadelphia-pennsylvania%29-PLGEO100101023010000.topic">Philadelphia</a> &#8212; I mean, Lowell, Mass. Does any of that ring a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA0000131" title="Liberty Bell" href="/topic/arts-culture/culture/liberty-bell-PLTRA0000131.topic">Liberty Bell</a>? In 1976, "Rocky" had <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003203" title="Burgess Meredith" href="/topic/entertainment/burgess-meredith-PECLB003203.topic">Burgess Meredith</a> in his corner; <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000324" title="Christian Bale" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/christian-bale-PECLB000324.topic">Christian Bale</a> as Dicky Eklund is just as indelible.
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( From top: Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire, credit: File photo; Mark Wahlberg, credit: Paramount. )

Let's see, there's a down-on-his-luck boxer from a poor neighborhood, facing impossible odds in the ring yet buoyed by the love of a good woman. There's even an uplifting run through the streets of Philadelphia — I mean, Lowell, Mass. Does any of that ring a Liberty Bell? In 1976, "Rocky" had Burgess Meredith in his corner; Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund is just as indelible.

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