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A chilling true crime drama, Foxcatcher offers Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum a chance to shine -- and all three of them rise to the challenge.



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FOXCATCHER is a psychological drama directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and starring Golden Globe winner Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller. The film was written by E. Max Frye and Academy Award nominee Dan Futterman. FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins "coaching" a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy. (c) Sony Classics

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Steve Carell
as John du Pont
Channing Tatum
as Mark Schultz
Mark Ruffalo
as David Schultz
Sienna Miller
as Nancy Schultz
Vanessa Redgrave
as Jean du Pont
Guy Boyd
as Henry Beck
Brett Rice
as Fred Cole
Dave Bennett
as Documentary Filmmaker
Jackson Frazer
as Alexander Schultz
Samara Lee
as Danielle Schultz
Francis J. Murphy III
as Wayne Kendall
Lee Perkins
as Corporal Daly
Robert Haramia
as Banquet Guest
Daniel Hilt
as Roberto Garcia
Bryan Cook
as Ben Langer
Zach Rey
as Foxcatcher Wrestler #1
Reece Humphrey
as Foxcatcher Wrestler #2
J.D. Bergman
as Foxcatcher Wrestler #3
Corey Jantzen
as Foxcatcher Wrestler #4
Frederick Feeney
as Seoul Referee
Mark Schultz
as Weigh-in Official #1
Kemp Lee
as Weigh-in Official #2
Jake Herbert
as Mark's Opponent at Trials
Donald Modrick
as Front Gate Guard
Gabrielle B. Burton
as School Secretary
Kevin Cooke
as Photographer
Richard E. Chapla Jr.
as Broiler Hut Cashier
Bill Ehrin
as Broiler Hut Patron
Roger Callard
as Helicopter Pilot
Dan Anders
as General
Barry Vlanich
as D.C. Partygoer
Sam Brehm
as Hank Church
Stan Dziedzic
as USA Wrestling Rep #1
David Miller
as USA Wrestling Rep #2
Bruce Baumgartner
as USA Wrestling Rep #3
Joey Russo
as Olympic Trials Referee
Ken Williams
as Coach Ken
Gene Mills
as Worlds Referee
John C. Baxter
as Worlds Announcer
Rick Steigerwald
as Wexler Trainer
Mark Snider
as MMA Referee
Jazz Securo
as MMA Announcer
Alan Oppenheimer
as Du Pont Dynasty Narrator
Corey Walker
as MMA Backstage Official
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Critic Reviews for Foxcatcher

All Critics (244) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (214) | Rotten (30)

  • [Miller] is equally adept at portraying the peculiarities of wrestling here, and how those physical moves -- beautifully choreographed and executed -- sync with deeper psychological currents.

    Dec 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It is, in many ways, beautifully made, giving its scenes the time to unfold, holding its shots patiently, showing, not telling. And the performances live up to this approach.

    Jan 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A movie that appears to be about wrestling but in fact is a disturbing, testosterone-rich tour of the inadequacies of an American billionaire and his athletic protégé.

    Jan 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A true crime drama with a twist.

    Jan 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's just no life in the film: aiming for a tone of studied foreboding, Bennett Miller instead sucks all the energy from his story.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Bennett Miller ("Capote," "Moneyball") has a fascinating story here and he knows it.

    Dec 19, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Foxcatcher

  • Aug 28, 2017
    A story that's tragic at the outset, told by professionals at their craft literally reaching for new heights, makes for exhilarating filmmaking of the highest quality beyond a shadow of a doubt. As some might note, the pace seems slow, but in retrospect the simmer brings forth fully formed human drama. Carell, Tatum and Ruffalo very nearly seem to race to give the best performance and you as judge will be as perplexed as I as to who in fact might have won.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2017
    Foxcatcher is described as an "electrifying thriller", but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Based on the true events of John du Pont forming a wrestling team with the Schultz brothers for the 1988 Olympic Games. It's a story of both power and control, as the struggle for constant authority creates tension and paranoia within the team. This eventuality leads to an unforeseen tragic event. Foxcatcher is what I would class as an interesting character study, on both Mark Schultz and John du Pont. The constant desire for victory and the goals for patriotism. Du Pont having unlimited money, can do pretty much whatever he wishes. That in itself is control, but yet seemingly he consistently loses that authoritative presence to Dave Schultz. Was really interesting to watch. Transformative performances for both Channing Tatum and Steve Carell really aided is portraying their characters realistically. Both of them were outstanding and deserved every recognition they got. Their physical prowess was extraordinary. Mark Ruffalo was consistent yet again, however Vanessa Redgrave was criminally underused. The wrestling scenes that they actually contributed in were well filmed and exciting to watch. It's not a sport I'm familiar with, but I've taken down some notes...y'know, in case I need to decimate a thug or something. Bennett Miller's direction was very precise, he took his time with the plot and the long static camera shots evidently showed that. This leads me to the massive negative of the film: pacing. This was slow. Far too slow. 134 minutes of character development that leads to a 1 minute event at the end. Although, that final event was executed to perfection and full of tension. However, I can see why people dislike the pace. Intriguingly, the execution of the dialogue was at a snail's pace as well! Waiting for Carell to say a sentence takes about 2 minutes. Sure it's captivating if you truly focus, but for those who actually don't have any interest in this will surely fall asleep. An "electrifying thriller" it is not, but a very well executed character study it is.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2017
    The two words that encapsulate the whole of Foxcatcher: bleak and bizarre. Based on the true story about a man who is taken under the wing of an eccentric wrestling enthusiast wielding the power of his heritage and the old money that comes with it. The first thing you'll notice is how bleak it all is: from the color palette to the people the actors bring into this utterly depressing Pennsylvania farm. Steve Carell shatters expectations, nailing the mannerisms and look (virtually unrecognizable) of John du Pont. The most impressive part of this performance is how uncomfortable Carell makes you feel while watching him. Overshadowed in character and in performance by Mark Ruffalo (who I think was overrated in this film) is Channing Tatum. Like Carell, it's the best performance of his career, hands down. My biggest qualm with Foxcatcher is the creative decision to focus on everything but du Pont's psychology and the downward spiral that's caused by it. The reason this story is famous is because of what du Pont did, and the reasons behind his motive were only explored on a basic and surface level. This makes the twist at the end feel more random than shocking. I'd recommend watching the Netflix documentary "Team Foxcatcher" as a companion piece to get a more accurate interpretation of the illness that drove du Pont to end his career and destroy his reputation. Otherwise, Foxcatcher is a movie filled with high-caliber performances from actors who will take you by surprise, and is a beautifully photographed American tragedy.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2017
    Oddly neutral and lifeless retelling of the events surrounding the Foxcatcher wrestling team of the 80s. The acting is top notch and takes the film through some slow parts, but its almost documentary style keeps the viewer at a distance to the characters and the events. Even the shocking and tragic ending keeps you somewhat unimpressed, but at least it gets you curious about the real persons and events behind this. The acting performances stand out.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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