The Iron Claw: everything you need to know including cast, story and release date

Critically heralded drama The Iron Claw arrives on Cineworld screens very soon. Those looking for an immersive and emotive family drama as filtered through the lens of the 1980s wrestling scene are advised to get a front-row seat – and you may want to bring a tissue to wipe away those tears.

Here's what you need to know about the movie.

What is the story of The Iron Claw?

The Iron Claw dramatises the remarkable true story of the Von Erich family. The main focus is on the four Von Erich brothers, all formidable professional wrestlers in the early eighties who are undone by their father's hubris and ruthless ambition.

Who stars in The Iron Claw?

Zac Efron (The Greatest Showman) stars as Kevin von Erich. The remaining brothers Kerry, David and Lance are portrayed by Jeremy Allen White (The Bear), Harris Dickinson (Triangle of Sadness) and AEW wrestler Maxwell Jacob Friedman, respectively. 

Holt McCallany plays the brothers' controlling father Fritz and Maura Tierney plays their concerned mother Doris. Lily James plays Pam Adkinsson who begins a relationship with Kevin von Erich.

Who directs The Iron Claw?

The Iron Claw is directed by noted indie filmmaker Sean Durkin who has scored critical hits with the atmospheric cult drama Martha Marcy May Marlene (2012) and the intense marital study The Nest (2019).

What have critics said about The Iron Claw?

Critics have praised The Iron Claw as an authentic study of sibling loyalty and the art of professional wrestling. The movie has an 89% critics approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Efron has been praised for his against-type turn as the burly yet sensitive Kevin, who acts as the glue holding the family together.

Rolling Stone reviewer David Fear says of Efron's performance: "The lost, needy look in his eyes, especially when he's around his father, makes him seem like a frightened lad playing adult dress-up... Efron gets at what drove Kevin: discipline, love, and fear. He anchors the movie."

How did Unlimited members react to The Iron Claw?

Unlimited members were treated to a preview screening of The Iron Claw and they raved about the movie, especially Efron's performance. Discover their responses by clicking the following link.


When is The Iron Claw released at Cineworld?

The Iron Claw is released at Cineworld on February 9th.