Run time: 132 mins
Sean Durkin’s searing drama focuses on the incredible true story of the Von Erich Brothers; heavyweights in the wrestling world who were dogged by trauma, in and out of the ring.
The Von Erichs were a professional wrestling dynasty from Texas in the 1980s. Their father, Fritz (Holt McCallany) – who invented the wrestling move called the “Iron Claw” – was embittered and fanatically energised on his sons’ behalf by his own failure to win glory as a young contender. As a result of his dysfunctional parenting, the Von Erichs were plagued by a succession of heartbreaking deaths.
Zac Efron plays Kevin Von Erich, the eldest surviving and “second favourite” son. He just wants to make his family proud, which for Fritz means following in his footsteps. Little brother David (Harris Dickinson) is the showboating theatrical type. Tensions only grow when brother Kerry (Jeremy Allen White) steps into the ring. While the brothers love one another dearly, their father’s relentless pursuit of glory drives a constant wedge between them, as well as between Kevin and his girlfriend Pam (Lily James). A brutal yet beautiful film, not to be missed.