American Wrestler: The Wizard

Synopsis: 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.
117 min

Freedom. It comes

at a price.

It has to be fought for.

1979, a revolution

through my country.

My Iran into chaos.

Revolutionaries stormed

the us embassy

and took Americans hostage.

The world was watching

as our magnificent nation

was changed, forever.

The United States of America

will not yield

'to international terrorism

or to blackmail. '

Seeing an opportunity,

Iraq invaded Iran

starting a brutal war.

Thousands were being


My parents wanted to save me

from this nightmare.

This is my story.

'Watch it, loser!'

- excuse me, do you know where-

- eww. No.

hey, where are you going?

Totally lame.

Everyone, everyone,


We have a new student.

Alidad, will you please

stand up?

Everyone, this is

alidad garahasnaloo jahani.

He is joining us from Iran.

He's iranian.

Alidad, would you like to say

something about yourself?

- Ali.

- Pardon?

You can call me Ali.

And you don't have

to speak slowly.

I speak English

just as well as Farsi.

Farsi, the most widely

spoken language in Iran.

Okay, everyone, attention,

we're now going to learn

'to conjugate verbs

ending in "- er. "'

Ali, why don't you help

the other students?

This is rad.

Where'd you get this?

Oh, I got it when I was

visiting ucla with my mom.

She's all "go bruins. "

It's really annoying.

- I better get in.

- Yeah, well.

Do you want to see

what else I got?


'Cause you're such

a delicate little flower.

My mom would totally kill me

if she found out.

Yeah, kristi n. Larsen

only sluts and sailors

get tattoos.

- Toad.

- Hmm?

If you keep eating that sh*t

you're never gonna

make weight.

Yeah, whatever.

I just think you're afraid

to wrestle Knox.

Bullshit, man,

I've taken on

tougher sons of b*tches

than Knox.

Not with your pants on.

Yeah, right.

Wrestlers wear singlets

not pants.

What? Why are you laughing?

Forget it,

don't hurt yourself, buddy.

'Bite me. '

Oh, look who it is.

Hey! Hmm.

I haven't seen you

since Brian's party.

- 'Yeah, it's been a while. '

- You're looking good.


Jesus! Would you look

at that sad sack of sh*t?

'What the hell is he wearing?'

What are you doing?

Aren't they all like

goat herders and farmers

where he comes from?

Oh! Oh, yeah

you mean like 90%

of the people in this town.


Jesus, just look

what he's eating.

Oh, gag me with a spoon.

Nothings says small town

like picking on the new kid.

'Oh, don't cry. '

'If you don't think that

this course that we've been on'

'for the last four years is what

you would like to see us follow'

for the next four,

then I could suggest

another choice that you have.

'This country

doesn't have to be'

'in the shape that it is in. '

English. Speak English.

We're in America.

'How was your first day

at school?'

not so bad.

You're lying. It's written

all over your face.

'Come here. '

you have to be tough, Ali.

'What did you think?'

coming to America

would be like

a Hollywood movie

with a happy ending?

- May I go upstairs.

- Sit down!

When I first came here,

i was treated like a prince.

You think the Italians and

the French guys have it good?

When I used

to walk into a disco

or a restaurant,

the American girls

they would throw

themselves at me.

And now? This is what

they think of us.

This is all they will ever

think of us. Terrorists.

You're bad luck, Ali!

You've brought more

bad luck with you from Iran.


Don't forget your lunch.

I made you chelo khoresh.

Thank you.

- 'So, you wanna play football?'

- Yes, sir. I do.

Have you ever played before?

No, but, i-I'm a really good

learner and I'll work very hard

and-and follow all the rules.

Uh, I'm actually surprisingly

strong for my size.

What position are you

interested in playing?

Um, red 42.

- The red 42?

- Yes.

Well, son, I'm sure

with enough time

and good coaching,

you'd make one hell of a red 42.

But, um..

You really wanna smash heads

with those fellas?

Maybe I try

a different sport.

Maybe a club.

Do you like dragons?

You're not making this

any easier on yourself.

People are just gonna

hate you more.


What the hell!

God. You pushed me,

you dick.

Oh, don't cry, alibaba.

It was an accident.

Hold this.

Come on, man.

Is there a problem here?

- No problem.

- No problem, sir.

Michael, are those

your books on the floor?

The books are mine.

These are for coloring.

Well, we have a comedian.

Both of you.

To my office, right now.

Towel has a trouble.

The next kid I hear

saying anything like that

'is suspended for a week. '

Michael, you know the way.

Thank you, Carla.

Son, take a seat.

'Do you want me

to call your father in'

'to have another meeting?'

'No, sir. '

'You give me

any more trouble'

'I'll have no choice

but to make that call. '

- 'do you understand me?'

- 'Yes, sir. '

'Now, get back to class'

'and see if you can find

a way to behave yourself. '

'Yes, principal, sir. '

'Alidad, you're up. '

you think you're special?

Excuse me?

Do you think you're special?

No, sir.

You're not.

Everyone's family came here

from somewhere else and they all

had to endure some trouble

from the people already here.

That's, that's the way

it works. That's the deal.

'And it's worked that way

for over 200 years. '

now, uh, if you can accept

that challenge

there's nothing

you can't achieve.

I believe that.

'I hear you're a smart kid. '

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