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Starring: Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, Stanley Simons, Holt McCallany, Lily James, Maxwell Jacob Friedman
A24 bio-sports drama written and directed by Sean Durkin. Based on a true story, The Iron Claw (2023) centers on the Von Erich brothers, Kevin, Kerry, David, and Mike (Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, and Stanley Simons), who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Kevin Von Erich: Ever since I was a child, people said my family was cursed. Mom tried to protect us with God. Pop tried to protect us with wrestling. He said if we were the toughest, the strongest, nothing could ever hurt us. I believed him. We all did.
David Von Erich: Good morning.
Doris: Pants tomorrow please, David.
Fritz Von Erich: Kerry, I want you to join your brothers in the ring.
Kerry Von Erich: Yes sir. I’d love that.
Fritz Von Erich: Now we all know Kerry’s my favorite, then Kev, then David, then Mike. But the rankings can always change.
Pam Adkisson: What do you want in life, Kevin Von Erich?
Kevin Von Erich: More ribs? I want to be with my family. You know, be with my brothers.
Pam Adkisson: What do you like to do with your brothers?
Kevin Von Erich: Together we can do anything.
David Von Erich: We’re here to restore justice to the wrestling federation that our father built with his own two hands. The hands that were passed down to us. The hands that will deliver the iron claw to you!
Kevin Von Erich: So what do you think? Like we’re a lot.
Pam Adkisson: I love your family, Kev.
Kevin Von Erich: Look at my beautiful brothers.
David Von Erich: I’m going to be an uncle?
Kevin Von Erich: Yes sir.
David Von Erich: Oh, man. That makes me so happy.
Ring Announcer: The challengers from Denton, Texas, weighing in at a combined weight of six hundred ninety pounds, Kevin, Kerry, and David Von Erich!
Ring Announcer: The Von Erichs are the greatest family in the history of wrestling!
Kevin Von Erich: Can I talk to you about something, Mom? Dad’s too tough on us. You got to say something.
Doris: Baby, that’s what your brothers are for.
Fritz Von Erich: You feel that? You feel that? That’s pressure!
Kevin Von Erich: Maybe you’re pushing too hard.
David Von Erich: I’m fine Kev, seriously. I’m just sick.
Kerry Von Erich: I’m scared, man. I’m out of control.
Pam Adkisson: It was a terrible accident.
Kevin Von Erich: I should have stopped him.
Kevin Von Erich: I need to think about my family.
Fritz Von Erich: Your job is to wrestle. Live up to that deal, or we are through.
Kevin Von Erich: I told you to look out for him!
Kevin Von Erich: I just love being out there with you guys. It’s the only thing that matters to me.
Fritz Von Erich: The Von Erichs will forever be the greatest family in the history of wrestling!