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Foxcatcher (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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
Rating:
R (for some drug use and a scene of violence)
Genre:
Drama
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In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Box Office:
$9,744,477.00
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Cast

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
Jane Mowder
as Rosie
Lee Perkins
as Corporal Daly
Robert Haramia
as Banquet Guest
Daniel Hilt
as Roberto Garcia
Bryan Cook
as Ben Langer
David Zabriskie
as Dan Bane
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 (223) | Top Critics (52)

[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.

Full Review… | December 11, 2015
Associated Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

Director Bennett Miller ("Capote," "Moneyball") has a fascinating story here and he knows it.

Full Review… | December 19, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

Watch this film for the performances: Tatum and Ruffalo finding new ground in familiar personas; Carell immersing himself into the mindset of a troubled man ...

December 18, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Foxcatcher is too cold of a movie to love, but that chilliness is intentional and transfixing, a parable about the darkest corners of the minds of damaged men that dares to whisper instead of shout.

Full Review… | December 18, 2014
Miami Herald
Top Critic

If you're willing to be thrown for a loop, you're in good hands with this medal-worthy cast and crew.

Full Review… | December 18, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Foxcatcher

½

There are some movies out there that could be considered slower-paced than most, and then there are those films where they move at such a snail's pace that the likes of caffeinated drinks and a purposeful mentality is needed before embarking on such a cinematic adventure. "Foxcatcher" is the latter. "Foxcatcher" is a peculiar beast; not only is the legendary comedy star Steve Carrell playing quite possibly his first dark figure, but the film itself is a chilling tale that creeps at a lumbering pace. It isn't quite so slow however that progression occurs within an hour into the movie -- it just so happens that Bennett Miller reveals story progression crumb by crumb. By the time the film begins finalizing the final act, the narrative takes only 3 significant turns, revealing that the plot, in its entirety, is very slim in density. So why a whopping 2 hour and 10 minute running time for such a gaunt plot? Miller crafts the film to have the tone -- cold, haunting, and dreariness -- as its focal point. By the final minutes of the film, Miller successfully engulfs the audiences in a sludge of dread, betrayal, and confusion that's hard to shake off way after the film has come to a close. "Foxcatcher" may not be the most fast-paced movie nor is it the most immersive, but just like "Requiem for a Dream", its subtle tone slithers around -- up the leg, to the neck. It's not quite the greatest movie that has ever hit cinema theaters, but its different approach to convey a dark, dreary, and cold world differ it from many other films.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

½

If a film can have a specific aura, or tone, this film's is "creepy". It is settled into its framework, like it a chill can settle into your bones, and the feeling of uneasiness follows you throughout the story of world class wrestler Mark Schultz's relationship with the world's richest man, John du Pont. This is a film for actors, and the cast does not disappoint, as their characters fill the screen from top to bottom. While this is not a bigger than life production, it tells a story that is indescribably unique, and couldn't have been handled in better hands. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/blog/2015/3/26/foxcatcher

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Miller shoots with a cold distance that reflects his characters, but it makes it hard to feel any strong connection to the film at all. Carrell and Tatum's performances are stand out, but it's Ruffalo who holds it all together and makes it look easy doing so.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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