Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller (2014)

128min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Although Foxcatcher is inspired by real events which were widely reported at the time, it's best to learn as little about it as possible in order to fully savour this superb film's surprises and shocks. For those who insist on knowing a little more, here's the gist: in the late 1980s, none-too-bright professional wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) accepts an invitation to build up a top-class team for weird billionaire sponsor John du Pont (a nearly unrecognisable Steve Carell). Schultz is soon followed to du Pont's Foxcatcher estate by his smarter older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), also a wrestler and coach. However, du Pont is a warped control freak who may be interested in more than just the younger Schultz's sporting prowess. The result is an American tragedy that could have come straight out of the pages of a book by Truman Capote - who was the subject of director Bennett Miller's first film. Tatum is on searing form, and Carrell really knocks it out of the park with his first straight dramatic role. Exquisitely calibrated art direction, sound design and cinematography gild the lily.

Summary

Premiere. A reclusive, eccentric millionaire persuades an Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestler to join his personal team. Initially flattered by the attention lavished upon him by his wealthy new friend, the fighter flourishes - but tension soon grows between them when his brother is employed as a coach, a situation that leads to tragedy. Fact-based drama, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.

Cast & Crew

John du Pont Steve Carell
Mark Schultz Channing Tatum
David Schultz Mark Ruffalo
Nancy Schultz Sienna Miller
Jean du Pont Vanessa Redgrave
Jack Anthony Michael Hall
Henry Beck Guy Boyd
Alfred Cole Brett Rice
Director Bennett Miller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E OneGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Jan 2015
Drama