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  • American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016)
  • PG-13
    117 min | Drama, Sport
American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016)
PG-13
117 min | Drama, Sport

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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Director
Writers
Ali Afshar (story by) | Brian Rudnick (story by)
Producers
Cinematographer
Editor
Casting Directors
Toni Staniewicz (background casting) | Brittani Ward (as Brittani Smith)
Production Designer
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Apr 25, 2016

Release date
May 16, 2017 (United States)
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Cast

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117 cast members
Name Known for
George Thomas
Ali Jahani (as George Kosturos) Ali Jahani (as George Kosturos)   See fewer
William Fichtner
Coach Plyler Coach Plyler   See fewer
Ali Afshar
Hafez Tabad Hafez Tabad   See fewer
Lia Marie Johnson
Kristi Larsen Kristi Larsen   See fewer
Gabriel Basso
Jimmy Petersen Jimmy Petersen   See fewer
Jon Voight
Principal Skinner Principal Skinner   See fewer
Sasha Feldman
Dan 'Toad' Webster Dan 'Toad' Webster   See fewer
Chase Mowen
Mike Thornhill Mike Thornhill   See fewer
Kevin G. Schmidt
Rowan Knox Rowan Knox   See fewer
Karina Andrews
Miss Larsen Miss Larsen   See fewer
Tony Panterra
Mr. Jahani Mr. Jahani   See fewer
Salome Azizi
Mrs. Jahani Mrs. Jahani   See fewer
John Asadi
Truck Driver Truck Driver   See fewer
Iyad Hajjaj
Border Captain Border Captain   See fewer
Alex Lorre
Border Guard Border Guard   See fewer
Sarah Kliban
Miss Moreau Miss Moreau   See fewer
Derek Stefan
Announcer Announcer   See fewer
Sandy Stevens
Championship Announcer Championship Announcer   See fewer
Jimmy Pera
Windsor Head Coach Windsor Head Coach   See fewer
Michael Girgenti
Head Basketball Player Head Basketball Player   See fewer
Blair Leatherwood
Pat Gordon Pat Gordon   See fewer
Thomas Dalby
Knox's Dad Knox's Dad   See fewer
Sammy Zarraonandia
Ali's First Opponent Ali's First Opponent   See fewer
Michael Klee
Backflipping Wrestler Backflipping Wrestler   See fewer
Kyrstannie Day
Waitress Waitress   See fewer
Jacob Black
East Petaluma Wrestler East Petaluma Wrestler   See fewer
Josh Black
East Petaluma Wrestler East Petaluma Wrestler   See fewer
Seamus Lanham
East Petaluma Wrestler East Petaluma Wrestler   See fewer
Billy Marshall
East Petaluma Wrestler East Petaluma Wrestler   See fewer
Daniel Pacheco
East Petaluma Wrestler East Petaluma Wrestler   See fewer
Lorenzo Zuniga
East Petaluma Wrestler East Petaluma Wrestler   See fewer
Courtney Hope Turner
Kristi's Friend Kristi's Friend   See fewer
Rizzie Vermont
Kristi's Friend Kristi's Friend   See fewer
Shauna Richardson
Kristi's Friend Kristi's Friend   See fewer
Charlie Kern
Kristi's Friend Kristi's Friend   See fewer
Brian Caulfield
Referee Referee   See fewer
Louis Chavez
Referee Referee   See fewer
Chad Jones
Referee Referee   See fewer
Jake Fitzpatrick
Referee Referee   See fewer
Kalie Arnold
Diner patrons Diner patrons   See fewer
Debra Norton-Miller
Wrestler's Mom and Audience Member Wrestler's Mom and Audience Member   See fewer
Kieran G. Pedersen
Boy in stands Boy in stands   See fewer
Kyle Price-Westcott
Wrestler teammate Wrestler teammate   See fewer
Willy Roland
Self Athletic Fan Self Athletic Fan   See fewer
Cristian Suárez
Wrestler Wrestler   See fewer
Natalie Stephany Aguilar
High School Student (uncredited) High School Student (uncredited)   See fewer
Ari Atken
Cafeteria Student (uncredited) Cafeteria Student (uncredited)   See fewer
Kyle Audiss
Fan (uncredited) Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Walker Brinskele
Student Athlete (uncredited) Student Athlete (uncredited)   See fewer
Jimmy Carter
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Judy Cerda
Hafez's Friend (uncredited) Hafez's Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
Maurice Colvin
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Liam Davis
Parent (uncredited) Parent (uncredited)   See fewer
Max DeSantis
High School Student / Teen in Diner (uncredited) High School Student / Teen in Diner (uncredited)   See fewer
John Douglas
Football Player (uncredited) Football Player (uncredited)   See fewer
Janet Dyer
Parent (uncredited) Parent (uncredited)   See fewer
Vermyttya Erahn
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Nathan Eswine
Stephen (uncredited) Stephen (uncredited)   See fewer
Barnaby Falls
Hafez's Friend (uncredited) Hafez's Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
Kyle Fenske
Cameraman (uncredited) Cameraman (uncredited)   See fewer
London Freeman
Teen #1 (uncredited) Teen #1 (uncredited)   See fewer
Allan C. Gagner II
Restaurant Patron (uncredited) Restaurant Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
Hayley Gagner
Match Attendee / Restaurant Patron (uncredited) Match Attendee / Restaurant Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
Douglas Gawoski
Man at Diner (uncredited) Man at Diner (uncredited)   See fewer
Jenna Getsi
Scorekeeper (uncredited) Scorekeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
Rob Gore
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Ramsey Hanchette
Scorekeeper (uncredited) Scorekeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
Jake Hanson
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Halstyn Hart
Championship Judge (uncredited) Championship Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
Tom Hart
Restaurant Patron (uncredited) Restaurant Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
Linda Joy Henry
Parent / Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Parent / Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Benjamin Howard
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Michael Inscoe
Fan (uncredited) Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Alicia Ivanhoe
Cheerleader (uncredited) Cheerleader (uncredited)   See fewer
Jesus N Jimenez
Fan (uncredited) Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Kenz
Scorekeeper (uncredited) Scorekeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
Vinnie Langdon III
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Kathy Langdon
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Carmen Lessa
High School Student (uncredited) High School Student (uncredited)   See fewer
John Lobato
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Brett Matthews
Healdsburg Parent / Fan (uncredited) Healdsburg Parent / Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Shane L. Maus
Tie Dye Game Patron #1 (uncredited) Tie Dye Game Patron #1 (uncredited)   See fewer
Serina Mawer
Scorekeeper / Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Scorekeeper / Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Sean Michael McGrory
High School Student (uncredited) High School Student (uncredited)   See fewer
Monterey Morrissey
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
James P. Morrow
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Vaughn Myovich
Ali's Neighbor (uncredited) Ali's Neighbor (uncredited)   See fewer
Tom O'Reilly
Hafez's Friend (uncredited) Hafez's Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
Eric Olsson
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Montgomery Paulsen
Funeral Director (uncredited) Funeral Director (uncredited)   See fewer
Brook Penca
Parent (uncredited) Parent (uncredited)   See fewer
Brian Perry
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Tamara Perry
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Christopher Robin Priest
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Boyan Radoslavov
Parent / Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Parent / Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Nancy Reagan
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Ronald Reagan
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Shannon Rebekah
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Alicia Restivo
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Caelan Scrivener
Cafeteria Kid (uncredited) Cafeteria Kid (uncredited)   See fewer
Teri Shrader
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Kyle Simsek
Jock (uncredited) Jock (uncredited)   See fewer
Thomas W. Stewart
Wrestling Aficionado (uncredited) Wrestling Aficionado (uncredited)   See fewer
Jane Stillwater
Grandmother (uncredited) Grandmother (uncredited)   See fewer
Anastassia Tchibissova
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Diana Tenes
Maid (uncredited) Maid (uncredited)   See fewer
Tama Therese
Parent (uncredited) Parent (uncredited)   See fewer
Sabrina Twyla
Teen at Diner (uncredited) Teen at Diner (uncredited)   See fewer
Trey Van Dyke
Greeting Couple (uncredited) Greeting Couple (uncredited)   See fewer
Ken Venzke
Parent / Wrestler (uncredited) Parent / Wrestler (uncredited)   See fewer
Susanna Wagner
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
Bobby Ysip
Wrestling Fan (uncredited) Wrestling Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
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