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Based on true events, "Foxcatcher" tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire (Steve Carell) and two champion wrestlers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo). Directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller (2005, Best Director, "Capote") it is a rich and moving story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty, and the corruption and emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great power and wealth.
Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Makeup
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FOXCATCHER is the tragic story of two Olympic Champion wrestlers and their million benefactor John E. DuPont. DuPont wants to use his money to train an Olympic team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. It all seems innocent enough until the deep psychological problems of DuPont become clear. FOXCATCHER is based on the true events that led to a heartbreaking tragedy.
This film can be slow moving at times but the cast is stellar. We know DuPont is troubled but the degree only becomes clearer as the story unfolds. If you don't know the story, expect to be totally shocked.
This is a worthwhile watch if you never read the book or seen the documentary, but otherwise skip it.
It was great to see Steve Carell play a human being and Channing Tatum was finally cast in a role he had the cognitive capacity to deliver but beyond that nothing about this movie rang true.
I subsequently researched the real story behind the script and learned why. Almost nothing that was portrayed in the movie actually happened.
Which leaves me wondering why it was so lame?
I don't know jack about wrestling but I do know an arrestingly well photographed , performed and crafted film when I see one . Case in point .