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R| 2 hr. 14 min.

Plot Summary

Based on true events, 'Foxcatcher' tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.  
 
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
 
Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont's majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont's mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont's erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete's already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack, knowing that these are things even his money cannot buy. Fueled by du Pont's increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.

Cast: Steve Carell , Channing Tatum , Mark Ruffalo , Vanessa Redgrave , Sienna Miller , Anthony Michael Hall , Guy Boyd , Dave "Doc" Bennett

Director: Bennett Miller

Genres: Docudrama, Crime drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Foxcatcher (2014)

Release Date: December 20th, 2013|2 hr. 14 min.

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First 'Foxcatcher' Teaser Is Eerie and Odd (VIDEO)

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Drew Taylor on May 19th, 2014 3:00PM

Director Bennett Miller has had unparalleled success turning true stories into utterly compelling cinema. With both "Capote" and "Moneyball," tales of obsession and shifting the paradigms (of baseball...

Steve Carell Is Crazy Intense in This New 'Foxcatcher' Clip

Posted by
Jenni Miller on May 16th, 2014 5:00PM

Although Steve Carell is more known for her doofy characters like Brick Tamland in "Anchorman," he's given some serious (and seriously underseen) performances in movies like "The Way Way Back," "Hope...

See Steve Carell's Surprising 'Foxcatcher' Transformation (PHOTO)

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Katie Roberts on Aug 21st, 2013 9:00AM

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Steve Carell is Hollywood's perennial nice guy, but for his latest role, the actor is unrecognizable -- in more ways than one. In "Foxcatcher," from director...

'Foxcatcher' Enters 2014 Oscar Race With Prime Release Date

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Drew Taylor on Aug 16th, 2013 2:30PM

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images One of the many X factors of the Oscar race this year has been "Foxcatcher," the new true-crime feature from "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller. Now, with its...

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