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Spotlight Narrative

US Premiere

USA | 99 MINUTES | English |


Drama, Sports
Better known as the Bayonne Bleeder, Chuck Wepner was a 70s-era heavyweight boxer with the ability to take a punch like no other, facing off in his career against Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and even an actual live bear. But despite his numerous wins, and even more numerous losses, the apex of his life story was serving as the real-life inspiration for a little film called Rocky. Played with flair and pathos by Liev Schreiber, Chuck is taken in by his own newfound celebrity, succumbing to an epic life of drugs, booze, and wild women, while struggling to maintain the only true relationships he’s known- with his no-nonsense wife (Elisabeth Moss) and a straight-talking local bartender (Naomi Watts) with whom he has an undeniable immediate spark. Falardeau’s Chuck is an entertaining chronicle of the rise and fall of this larger-than-life legend.

—Mara Webster

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Directed by Philippe Falardeau

Philippe Falardeau’s long career includes many award winning films like The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge (2000), Congorama (2006), It's Not Me, I Swear! (2008), Monsieur Lazhar (2011), The Good Lie (2014 ) and My Internship in Canada (2015 ). In 2011 Falardeau was featured by Variety as one of its prestigious 10 directors to watch.
Philippe Falardeau
Jeff Feuerzeig & Jerry Stahl and Liev Schreiber and Michael Cristofer
Nicolas Bolduc
Richard Comeau
Executive Producer
Avi Lerner, Mark Gill, John Thompson, Boaz Davidson, Jeff Rice
Liev Schreiber, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Carl Hampe, Michael Tollin
Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport, Pooch Hall, Morgan Spector


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