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American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 16 May 2017 (USA)
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In 1980, a teenage boy escapes the unrest in Iran only to face more hostility in America, due to the hostage crisis. Determined to fit in, he joins the school's floundering wrestling team.

Director:

Alex Ranarivelo

Writers:

Ali Afshar (story by), Brian Rudnick (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kosturos ... Ali Jahani
William Fichtner ... Coach Plyler
Ali Afshar ... Hafez Tabad
Lia Marie Johnson ... Kristi Larsen
Gabriel Basso ... Jimmy Petersen
Jon Voight ... Principal Skinner
Sasha Feldman ... Dan 'Toad' Webster
Chase Mowen Chase Mowen ... Mike Thornhill
Kevin G. Schmidt ... Rowan Knox
Nicholas Guilak ... Pasha
Shannon Collis ... Wendy
Karina Andrews Karina Andrews ... Miss Larsen
Tony Panterra Tony Panterra ... Mr. Jahani
Salome Azizi ... Mrs. Jahani
John Asadi ... Truck Driver
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Storyline

In this inspiring tale based on true events, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. Living with his embittered uncle, the boy faces a mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. Rejected by everyone but determined to fit in, he joins the school's floundering wrestling team. With a chance to change how others see him, Ali must step up and learn to be a hero. Written by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images, language and thematic material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Persian | French | Spanish

Release Date:

16 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Diner scenes were filmed at Pete's Henny Penny Diner in Petaluma, California. See more »

Goofs

Whereas Sectionals, Districts or Regionals leading up to State Tournaments may be held in high school gyms, State Tournaments are large scale events held in coliseums, with multiple mats running simultaneously - not just one. Just about every seat would be filled, especially those nearest the action. You would not have a championship final where, looking past the boys on the mat, you'd see row upon row of empty seats. See more »

Quotes

Hafez Tabad: I will admit it would be nice to see a Persian boy beat the Americans. In front of their friends and families, THAT is something I would like to see.
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Connections

References Bosom Buddies (1980) See more »

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Turn Me Loose
Written by Paul Dean, Mike Reno
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Very enjoyable
25 May 2017 | by torndownunitSee all my reviews

There are some reviews really ripping on the details on the film, and it is definitely a little formulaic. But it's got a very good cast, some good performances, a good soundtrack, and it overall an enjoyable movie. Some of the elements they try to incorporate to make it a little different than other sports films night not all work, but for a small film that I would guess didn't have a huge budget I think they did a very good job.


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