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Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bennett Miller
Produced by Bennett Miller
Megan Ellison
Jon Kilik
Anthony Bregman
Written by E. Max Frye
Dan Futterman
Starring Steve Carell
Channing Tatum
Mark Ruffalo
Vanessa Redgrave
Music by Rob Simonsen
West Dylan Thordson
Cinematography Greig Fraser
Edited by Stuart Levy
Conor O'Neill
Jay Cassidy
Production
company
Annapurna Pictures
Likely Story
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release dates
  • May 19, 2014 (2014-05-19) (Cannes)
  • November 14, 2014 (2014-11-14)
Running time 134 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.8 million[2]

Foxcatcher is a 2014 American biographical drama film co-produced and directed by Bennett Miller. Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, the film stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Vanessa Redgrave.

Foxcatcher competed for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where Miller won the Best Director Award.

Plot

The story of Olympic Wrestling champion Mark Schultz and paranoid-schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont, who murdered Schultz's brother, Olympic champion Dave Schultz in 1996.

Cast

Production

Bennett Miller began developing the project in 2007. Megan Ellison financed the film through her Annapurna Pictures, also producing alongside Miller, Jon Kilik, and Anthony Bregman.[5] Sony Pictures Classics became the distributor, taking over from Sony's Columbia Pictures, which had co-financed the film. Miller said "it's always been my hope and expectation that they (SPC) would distribute the film."[6]

From left: Producers Jon Kilik and Megan Ellison, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, director Bennett Miller, and Steve Carell at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Shooting began in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area on October 15, 2012, near Sewickley, Pennsylvania, including Sewickley Heights and Edgeworth.[7]

The actual 1922 Du Pont mansion in Pennsylvania's Newtown Square—known as Liseter Hall but named by John as Foxcatcher Farm—had been sold to developers and was torn down in January 2013.[8] Accordingly, filmmakers used Morven Park, a historic estate in Leesburg, Virginia, with a similar facade as the stand-in for exterior filming.[9] An 1899 Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania mansion, Wilpen Hall, served as Foxcatcher '​s stand-in for the interior filming location for du Pont's Philadelphia estate.[10] Filming also took place in the Pennsylvania communities of Rector (Ligonier Township), McKeesport, White Oak, and Connoquenessing.[11][12][13] The production sought permission to shoot in West Mifflin Middle School in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.[14] In December 2012, shooting took place in Washington, Pennsylvania, Trinity High School, the Petersen Events Center in Oakland and the California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center.[15][16][17][18] Filming was scheduled to last through January 2013.[7]

Channing Tatum stated that the role was "the hardest acting challenge I've had to date".[4]

Release

A release date for Foxcatcher was originally set for December 20, 2013. The date was postponed to allow for more time to complete the film, according to Sony Pictures Classics.[19] The film debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in May 2014, in competition for the Palme d'Or, the festival's highest prize,[20] where Director Bennett Miller won the Award for Best Director.[21] The film made its way through the late-2014 festival circuit, appearing at the Telluride, Toronto, New York, Vancouver and London film festivals.[22] Foxcatcher received a limited release on November 14, 2014.[23] The film will slowly open across U.S. theaters through January 2015.[24]

Reception

The film has received acclaim from critics, with many praising the performances of Carell, Tatum, and Ruffalo.[25][26] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 86%, based on 139 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A chilling true crime drama, Foxcatcher offers Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum a chance to shine - and all three rise to the challenge".[27] Metacritic gives the film a score of 82 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[28]

Justin Chang of Variety praised the film, writing: "Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum give superb performances in Bennett Miller's powerfully disturbing true-crime saga."[25] Eric Kohn of Indiewire also reacted positively to the film, with most of his praise going towards Carell and Tatum's performances.[26] Donald Clarke of The Irish Times praised Miller's direction, saying that "he [Miller] hits his stride with a stunning portrayal of psychopathy and moral decadence in the unlikely environment of Olympic wrestling."[29] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter praised Carell's performance calling it "career changing".[30]

On the other hand, Budd Wilkins of Slant Magazine gave the film a negative review and said that the film "offers us next to nothing of utility or complexity about du Pont's pathology."[31]

Accolades

Award Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
2014 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Bennett Miller Nominated [32]
Best Director Bennett Miller Won [33][34]
International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actor Channing Tatum Won [35]
18th Hollywood Film Awards Hollywood Ensemble Award “Foxcatcher” cast (Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum) Won [36]
24th Gotham Independent Film Awards Gotham Jury Award “Foxcatcher” cast (Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum) Won [37]
30th Independent Spirit Awards Special Distinction Award Bennett Miller, Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik, E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum Won [38]
30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Outstanding Performance of the Year Award Steve Carell Won [39]
19th Satellite Awards Best Actor Steve Carell Pending [40]
Best Supporting Actor Mark Ruffalo Pending

References

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  4. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff (October 10, 2012). "'"Hall joins Carell in 'Foxcatcher.  
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (September 30, 2011). "'"Megan Ellison to finance 'Foxcatcher. Variety. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ Feinberg, Scott (August 15, 2013). Foxcatcher' Jumps to Sony Pictures Classics; Release Date Set"'".  
  7. ^ a b Serafini, Kristina (October 17, 2012). "Film crews back in Sewickley area".  
  8. ^ http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2013/01/24/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc510172af81da4619756296.txt
  9. ^ Owens, Crystal (October 15, 2012). "UPDATE: Movie magic at Morven Park?".  
  10. ^ "Another Big-Budget Movie Begins Filming Locally".  
  11. ^ Brehun, Deborah A. (October 31, 2012). "Rector selected as locale for ‘Foxcatcher’ movie". Tribune-Review. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ "McKeesport aflutter over Channing Tatum".  
  13. ^ Sinichak, Jessica (November 15, 2012). "Nearby: Channing Tatum Filming ‘Foxcatcher’ in Butler County".  
  14. ^ Niederberger, Mary (August 23, 2012). "West Mifflin school may host movie crew again".  
  15. ^ "Filming to close Washington street".  
  16. ^ Jones, Rachel (January 25, 2013). "You Give Me Fever: Channing Tatum".  
  17. ^ "Pittsburgh extras needed for 'Foxcatcher' movie".  
  18. ^ "Convocation Center to be Closed for Filming".  
  19. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics Moves Foxcatcher Back to 2014". comingsoon.net.  
  20. ^ Chang, Justin (April 17, 2014). "Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Awards 2014 : Competition".  
  22. ^ Pond, Steve (September 8, 2014). "‘Foxcatcher’ Triumphs at Yet Another Film Festival".  
  23. ^ Rich, Katey (October 10, 2014). "Foxcatcher’s Director Explains Why It’s Actually a Funny Story".  
  24. ^ "Foxcatcher".  
  25. ^ a b Chang, Justin (May 19, 2014). "Cannes Film Review: ‘Foxcatcher’". Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  26. ^ a b Kohn, Eric (May 19, 2014). "Cannes Review: Channing Tatum Anchors Bennett Miller's Icy 'Foxcatcher,' But the Revelation is Steve Carell". Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  27. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/foxcatcher/
  28. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/foxcatcher
  29. ^ Clarke, Donald (May 19, 2014). "Review: Foxcatcher". Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  30. ^ McCarthy, Todd (2014-05-19). Foxcatcher': Cannes Review"'". Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  31. ^ Wilkins, Budd (2014-05-19). "Cannes Film Festival 2014: Foxcatcher Review". Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  32. ^ The Search' And New Jean-Luc Godard Lead Cannes 2014 Line-Up"'". Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Cannes: 'Winter Sleep' Wins the Palme d'Or". Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  34. ^ Winter Sleep' Wins Palme d'Or at 2014 Cannes Film Festival; Full List of Winners"'". Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  35. ^ "2014 winners of the Cannes ICS Awards". Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  36. ^ http://www.hollywoodawards.com/winners/
  37. ^ http://gotham.ifp.org/award-nominees-special-jury.html
  38. ^ http://www.ifc.com/fix/2014/11/here-are-your-2015-independent-spirit-awards-nominees
  39. ^ http://sbiff.org/carell2015/
  40. ^ http://www.pressacademy.com/award_cat/current-nominees/

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