Foxcatcher: Synopsis and Movie Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
Foxcatcher: Synopsis and Movie Review [WATCH VIDEO]

“Foxcatcher” is a drama film directed by Bennett Miller and distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. The movie’s screenwriters are Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye. It opens in U.S. theatres on November 14, 2014. Its cast members include Channing Tatum (Mark Schultz), Steve Carell (John Du Pont),  Mark Ruffalo (Dave Schultz), Sienna Miller (Nancy Schultz), Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. Read on for the Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “Foxcatcher” synopsis and movie review.

“Foxcatcher” Synopsis:


“Foxcatcher” was about the story of Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz and millionaire John du Pont. Mark, trying to veer away from the shadow of his celebrated athlete brother Dave, opted to stay with du Pont and helped form a team and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to earn the respect of his negative mother, du Pont coached the world-class team.

In the process, Mark started to see du Pont as a father figure, thus seeking his approval. Things took a turn for the worse when du Pont lures Mark into a dangerous lifestyle. Mark then lost his confidence and ended up in self-destruction. Then, du Pont spotted Dave who had the self-assurance that he and his brother lacked. With du Pont’s erratic behavior, paranoia and unforeseen turn of events, he killed Dave.

“Foxcatcher” Movie Review:

The top critics at Rotten Tomatoes had given “Foxcatcher” an 88% rating as reflected in the Tomatometer. Moreover, the “Foxcatcher” director, Bennett Miller, bagged the Best Director award in the recently held 67th Cannes Film Festival.

Justin Chang of Variety praised the actors’ superb performance in portraying their roles.

“Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum give superb performances in Bennett Miller’s powerfully disturbing true-crime saga,” said Chang in his Variety article.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy particularly cited Steve Carell for his awesome portrayal of an eccentric millionaire. “Foxcatcher” had indeed showcased the comedian’s talents in a different light, which turned out really well.

“A superbly modulated study of a twisted mind with a career-changing performance by Steve Carell,” said McCarthy in the Hollywood Reporter feature.

There you have it for the “Foxcatcher” synopsis and review. Stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news and updates about your favourite celebrities, movies and TV shows including spoilers, episode recaps, gossips and reviews.


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