Best Picture Oscar — Location Showdown — Nominee #3: The Fighter

Posted by - February 21, 2011 | Category: Archives

Life, as they say, is stranger than fiction.  And the story that unfolded with “Irish” Micky Ward and the brother who trained him does indeed fit that bill.  Part drama and part comedy, this bio-pic stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale as the boxing brothers. In my humble opinion the real stars of this film are the  hairdos of the ladies that play the Eklund sisters.  Hair was not hair in the 80’s, unless it was Bonnie Tyler’ed.  And these gals are total eclipsing their hearts out. But it is not about the hair now is it?

The backdrop for this extraordinary tale is the town of  Lowell, Massachusetts, and the  movie is as much about the town of Lowell,  as it is about the troubled brothers.  So here are the Location details:

Primary Location: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Prettiness Factor: Very, very low.  Abandoned buildings.  Crackhouses. And probably the first movie where a dumpster plays a key role..

Fake Factor: Nothing fake here. This is Lowell at it’s grittiest.  We can only hope things have cleaned up a little.  IF not, well, Boston is only 40 miles away.

Further Resources: — some interesting facts about Lowell (Both Jack Kerouac and Bette Davis are from there).
The Lowell Sun — the local newspaper has an entire section dedicated to the coverage of Lowell in The Fighter.
City Data — pics, stats, charts, oh my
The Fighter — the movie.
IMDB — if you don’t know what this is, should you really be near a computer?

Check out Mincky Ward and Dicky Eklund discussing the portrayal of Lowell in the movie, compliments of the Lowell Sun.

And if you haven’t seen the trailer…

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