#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: 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.
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Excellent feel good movie
As soon as I saw the poster for this one, I knew I was going to like it.
I am a bit of a sucker for a feel good sport movie, especially when they are based on true events like this one is.
You can not go wrong with Jon Voight and William Fichtner as far as I am concerned, they very rarely do a bad movie and they do not disappoint here. George Kosturos as Ali is excellent and Ali Afshar as his uncle Hafez hits all the right notes.
I am old enough to remember the 1980 hostage saga and Ronald Reagan being elected President, so it brings back a lot of memories.
Very much worth watching and one I will be watching again, a suggestion for some would be to have the tissues handy.
Very solid 8/10
You’ve seen this before, but still good
American Wrestler is yet another underdog sports movie, based on a true story. Ali Jahani escapes from Iran during the Iranian revolution and comes to a hostile USA, as racism against Iranians is rising due to the hostage crisis. Fitting in at a new school is difficult, he tries out for a team to fit in, sticks at wrestling and starts winning, gaining respect and being accepted.
So, what makes this one worth watching? The lead performance by George Kosturos is extremely strong, portraying the different emotions Ali is feeling as he’s making his way through. Jon Voight and William Fichtner also bring their characters to life and mostly well rounded.
The script is also a strength for the most part. While there are some cringeworthy scenes (the school bully is overdone), in general the script keeps moving and is engaging.
As noted, however, there are some down sides in some of the side characters, and in how believable some of the events are. The movie is clearly based on a true story, not a true story in itself.
It’s not a movie that has to be witnessed, but it shouldn’t be ignored either.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 57 min (117 min)
Genre Drama, Sport
Director Alex Ranarivelo
Writer Ali Afshar, Brian Rudnick
Actors George Thomas, William Fichtner, Ali Afshar
Country United States
Awards 10 wins
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Sony CineAlta PMW-F55
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process Kowa anamorphic lenses
Printed Film Format N/A