Brothers Kevin (Zac Efron) and David (Harris Dickinson) tirelessly compete to make the Von Erich family the undisputed champions of wrestling.
Indoctrinated into an unrelenting campaign of training by their glory-chasing manager father Fritz (Holt McCallany), they pour their blood, sweat and tears into a life of competition, in the hopes of vicariously fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming the NWA World Heavyweight champion.
When the US boycotts the Olympics, discus champion Kerry (Jeremy Allen White) is also drafted into the family wrestling dynasty – with music-loving younger brother Mike (Stanley Simons) next in contention.
But the heart-breaking fallout of the fabled Von Ehrich curse soon wreaks devastation upon the brothers’ tight family unit, as they are pushed beyond breaking point for their father’s unwavering ambitions.
A heart-wrenching family drama spotlighting the tragic fallout of regimented toxic masculinity, this extraordinary true story of doomed familial ambition is a must-see for both wrestling fans and newcomers alike.
Zac Efron delivers a staggering lead performance – both in physicality and in emotion – in this unflinching study of brotherhood from acclaimed indie director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene).
“An eerie, beautifully executed study of duty, grief and wrestling, boasting an excellent cast, and a leap forward for its director. A heavyweight collective has just entered the ring.”