A new movie, "The Fighter" takes place in Lowell, Massachusetts. It’s about the career of a boxer, Mickey Ward, and his matches in the early 90’s. A key aspect of the movie is its creating a sense of place of where the characters lived. Many exterior shots were filmed in Lowell, a small, hardscrabble city north of Boston. The toughness of the locale reflects on and helps explain the characters’ tough behavior.
To further aid the establishment of the scene, there are a few glimpses of the Aiken Street Bridge (Ouellette Bridge). This is a beautiful, tough-looking lenticular truss crossing the Merrimack River. The old truss was built in 1883. The bridge has had plenty of scrapes in over a century of service. It is a perfect visual accompaniment to a movie about boxers.