Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

DVD - 2015 | Anamorphic widescreen edition.
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Based on true events, the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2015]
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD FOX
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 134 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
NTSC, rda
widescreen (1.85:1), 24 fps, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
4 3/4 in., rda

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andreajesse
Dec 09, 2017

This movie starts out slow, but stay with it. Worlds collide when two wrestling brothers (played by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) , both of whom had won Olympic gold medals, enter the world of John Du Pont (played by Steve Carrell). Mr. Du Pont is a self-styled Ornithologist, Philatelist and Wrestling Coach. As the heir to the Du Pont fortune, he has created a wrestling training facility on his huge bucolic estate. His mother (played by Vanessa Redgrave) disapproves of the "low sport" preferring equestrian sports like fox hunting. Psychological instability abounds starting with the relationship between son and mother as Du Pont tries to please his her while his distaste for horses is clear. Meanwhile, Mark Schultz (Tatum) only has his former glory to sustain him as he trains for future gold. Dave Schultz is his older brother who lives a happy life as teacher, husband and father. The brothers are close and train together. Du Pont finds his way into Mark's life and creates a codependent existence when he sets up Mark with a home and training on the estate. Tensions abound and Mark is caught in the middle. Both Du Pont and Dave have a hold on Mark. Dave is a loving brother, but does he have too much control over Mark's life? And now there is Du Pont who is with Mark constantly. It is never explicitly shown or said, but given how Mark acts out, one is given to wonder if a sexual relationship develops between Mark and Du Pont. Du Pont lures Dave and family to the estate so that Dave can help prepare wrestlers for the upcoming competition. However, tensions are just made greater. All actors escape into their roles and the viewer of the film forgets they are watching some of the biggest names in the biz. Get prepared for a dark, but fascinating story that is apparently all true except that I have read that the real-life Mark objected to the suggestion of a homosexual relationship between himself and Du Pont.

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dirtbag
Dec 01, 2017

This is exceptionally dark. Not much action, no special effects, BUT exceedingly well acted. You won't even recognize Steve Carell in this...he is so exceptional.

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ninanna
Aug 27, 2017

Excellent movie!

One of the earlier comments was about "something to learn and feel" message missing from the movie: How about "Let's make America great" coming from the psychopathic moneybag? The terrible power of money separating people from reality and reason, allowing them to go to the end of their insanity without anybody being able to stop them. The temptation of being more financially secure which corrupts everybody whose livelihood depends on that wealth - the security, the advisors, and the brothers themselves.

The book and the movie is a warning - and that's what everybody should think about and learn from.

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2889bk
Jul 29, 2017

Money the root of evil! 👿😈 good movie we all can learn from. I give this movie 3🌟⭐️🌟 slow but a must see 👀.

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amoby
May 07, 2017

Gross, this movie is creepy so good.

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brotagonist
Feb 27, 2017

How can one not give a true story full marks? The characters are so morose. I just didn't get it. Shouldn't they be having the time of their lives? Why the misery? I knew someone was going to get killed. How did I ever miss this story when it happened? What a terrible event! The film has left me with a feeling of loss that is going to simmer in me for the next few days. I'm glad I saw it. My condolences to those who had to live through this.

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JOSEPH SARDO
Dec 22, 2016

Highly engrossing film that I wish left me with a "take-away" sentiment or something to learn or feel. Channing Tatum mentioned in the bonus feature he initially turned down this role because he read the script and saw the story had no "resolve". He said he changed his mind after a few years passed and he learned "why we make movies". Hmm

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Janice21383
Aug 15, 2016

For once, actors (Ruffalo, Tatum) who seem like Olympic class athletes. And it's a dead heat as to which gives the better performance. Steve Carrell is more debatable. His performance is deeply felt, but self-conscious -- in a way, it's a match to the real life heir/coach/eccentric. Overall, it might have been better to go with a different actor, or at least let Carrell perform without a false nose, which mesmerizes both him and the audience.

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akirakato
Mar 30, 2016

This is a 2014 docu-drama directed by Bennett Miller, based on true events.
Although the performences of the main actors are superb, the film fails to show the complexity about du Pont's pathology.
All of a sudden, it simply depicts the tragic, shocking and utterly unreasonable last scenes that profoundly puzzle me to the bone.

LPL_MurielG Mar 15, 2016

Slow paced but utterly gripping psychological drama. The choreography of the wrestling scenes is flawless. Every single wrestling match, even the practice ones, have consequences for the characters.

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jimg2000
Apr 19, 2015

Mark: I'm so proud to introduce my mentor. He has the ability to look at me and see where I am in life. I feel his love for me as an athlete
and as a human being. My mother and father were divorced when I was 2. And I spent a lifetime looking for a father, and I found one in the Golden Eagle of America, John du Pont.

John du Pont: Mark, we as a nation have failed to honor you. And that's a problem. Not just for you, but for our society. When we fail to honor that which should be honored, it's a problem. It's a canary in a coal mine.

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