Monday Night Film Series: Foxcatcher

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foxcatcher-3-8656a-2Bennett Miller
USA, 2014
114 Minutes
Principal Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller

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 fi lm 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.

“Even if you donʼt know the details of this real-life, late-20th-century tragedy, director Bennett Millerʼs masterfully observed psychological study is imbued with a sense of an inevitable, catastrophic meltdown.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Simultaneously understated and grippingly edgy, this is an arresting examination of naivete, mismatched worlds and old-fashioned American oddness.” – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

“Steve Carell offers a tour de force of slow-burning menace. Foxcatcher, one of the yearʼs very best films, exposes the diseased underbelly of American exceptionalism and knocks the ground out from under you.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Foxcatcher | Monday Night Film Series | Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus | March 23, 2015 – 7:30pm

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