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Foxcatcher (2014)

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U.S. Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz join "Team Foxcatcher", led by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but John's self-destructive behavior threatens to consume them all.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Beck
Alexander Schultz
Danielle Schultz
Jane Mowder ...
David 'Doc' Bennett ...
Robert Haramia ...
Banquet Guest


Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the poverty striken situation Olympic caliber athletes like he and his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Trapped in du Pont's majestic but suffocating world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as an ... Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Based on the shocking true story See more »


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Foxcatcher - Una storia americana  »


Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$474,000, 21 November 2014, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, Bennett Miller was supposed to be in production for this film in 2011, but got sidetracked stepping in for Steven Soderbergh, on the directorial duties for Moneyball (2011) See more »


When John du Pont enters the darkened gym there's a ceiling tile lifted/out of place. After the camera returns from a cut to him, back to the gym, the ceiling tile is in place. See more »


[first lines]
Mark Schultz: [Mark gives a speech to a school of young students] Hello. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk to you today. My name is Mark Schultz. I wanna talk about America, and I wanna tell you why I wrestle.
[Mark holds up his Olympic gold metal to the kids]
Mark Schultz: This is an Olympic gold metal. I won this three years ago at the 23rd Olympic games in Los Angeles, California. This is more than just some piece of metal. It's about what the metal represents. The virtues it requires to attain...
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Written by Jóhann Jóhannsson (as Johann Johannsson)
Performed by Jóhann Jóhannsson (as Johann Johannsson)
Courtesy of NTOV Recordings
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Drama Day for Frankenstein, Igor and Wreck-It-Ralph
7 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

The do-over for Steve Carrell is exactly how Frankenstein would end up if a make-up artist wanted to make him look human, and likewise Tatum Channing <=> Igor.

And if for some reason Frankenstein and Igor HAD to go plodding into a drama, then this movie would be the hilariously boring result. Mark Ruffalo's character did remind me of a bearded Wreck-it-Ralph, but at least there wasn't any weird prosthetics or forced facial movements.

Steve Carrell's immovable poorly done pasty-coloured forehead and Tatum's forced protrusion of the lower mandible … coupled with their very awkward posturing and walking movements (probably thanks to over enthusiastic 'theatrics' coaches) plus minced marbles-in-my-mouth dialogue, are all constant distractions …. even unintended entertainment … which soon drags on and on in this uninspired movie.

The real John du Pont and Mark Schultz have vastly different facial looks from the forced caricatures of what you find in this movie. Since the faces of both real men are hardly well-known, the actors should have been allowed to have their natural faces … and that's where the talent of each (if they had one) would be allowed to shine. And yes, the real John du Pont's forehead did move and his face did look like a proper living person, and the real Mark Schultz was not a protruding-jaw klutz. So why the odd prosthetics and make up here??

I am all for slow movies with panning scenes in a slow-burn drama … when it allows you to get immersed in the entire experience, but here in Foxcatcher the snail and tortoise races to be the slowest in a totally insipid and inane who-cares frame-by-frame.

After watching this movie, I read up on the real back-end story, and it is in fact more interesting reading about it then watching this extremely forced and unnecessarily stretched out and poorly executed 'dramatization' of events.

It is like watching our three actors starting out on their idiocy SNL routine … and then the audience having to wait for the punchline that never came even after over 2 hours!

Should have watched SNL instead :(

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