WHO’S IN IT?
Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine), Channing Tatum (Magic Mike), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right), Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement), Sienna Miller (Layer Cake), Anthony Michael Hall (Sixteen Candles), Guy Boyd (Henry’s Crime), Brett Rice (Sex Drive), Samara Lee (film debut), Jackson Frazer (film debut), Jane Mowder (Smart People), Daniel Hilt (American Gangster), Lee Perkins (The Red Machine)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Bennett Miller (Capote), director, producer; E. Max Frye (Where The Money Is) and Dan Futterman (Gracepoint), writers; Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Megan Ellison (Her) and Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games), producers; Rob Simonsen (The Spectacular Now), composer; Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty), cinematographer; Jay Cassidy (Silver Linings Playbook), Stuart Levy (Any Given Sunday) and Conor O’Neill (Murderball), editors
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Mark Schultz (Tatum), an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, is invited to the estate of John du Pont (Carell), a wealthy fanatic who offers Mark a chance to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new training facility under his guidance and supervision. Mark leaps at the opportunity, desperate to break away from the shadow of his older, more successful brother Dave (Ruffalo), while du Pont seeks to win the respect of his peers and his unimpressed mother Jean (Redgrave). Soon, though, the relationship between Mark and John becomes more intense and leads to a tragic outcome…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Aside from boasting excellent performances from its lead trio of actors, particularly Steve Carell in a transformative role, Foxcatcher is director Bennett Miller’s dark and disturbing odyssey into the perspective of American idealism.