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Foxcatcher (2014)



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

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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, Kapral Daly
Robert Haramia
as Go?? gali, 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 (248) | Top Critics (80)

While the acting is mostly impressive, the ending of the film leaves much to be desired as screenwriters E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman's script simply flutters to a close without much of an impact.

September 1, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

In the back hour, the music quietly turns the screws, and Miller stops letting the air in, and I realized that a knot had formed in my chest.

June 18, 2016 | Full Review…

[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.

December 11, 2015 | Full Review…

It imitates deliberately the pace of wrestling where nothing happens for ages, bar imperceptible shuffling and nudging, until suddenly someone wins.

January 16, 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.

January 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Tatum is on searing form, and Carrell really knocks it out of the park with his first straight dramatic role.

January 9, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Foxcatcher

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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.

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