2014 film directed by Bennett Miller
(Redirected from Foxcatcher (film))

Foxcatcher is a 2014 film about U.S. Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz who join "Team Foxcatcher", led by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but John's self-destructive behavior threatens to consume them all.

Directed by Bennett Miller. Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman.
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John du Pont

  • Coach is the father. Coach is a mentor. Coach has great power on athlete's life.
  • I'm getting Dave. And I don't care how much it costs.
  • I consider you a friend. And my friends call me Eagle. Or Golden Eagle. Either of those would work. Or John. Or Coach.
  • I don't care about trains, Mother. I am leading men!
  • [slaps Mark Schultz in the face and whispers] You ungrateful ape.
  • I do not share my mother's affection for horseflesh, I'll have you know.
  • Horses are stupid. Horses eat and shit. That's all they do. It's very silly. It's all very silly.

Mark Schultz

  • [gives a speech to a school] Hello. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk to you today. My name is Mark Schultz. I wanna talk about America, and I wanna tell you why I wrestle. [holds up his Olympic gold metal to the kids] This is an Olympic gold metal. I won this three years ago at the 23rd Olympic games in Los Angeles, California. This is more than just some piece of metal. It's about what the metal represents. The virtues it requires to attain it.

Dave Schultz

  • You are not alone in this. I am your brother and I love you.


[Mark's first meeting with John du Pont]
John du Pont: You look good. You look strong. Fit.
Mark Schultz: Thank you, sir.
John du Pont: Feeling confident?
[Mark nods yes]
John du Pont: That's one of the most important elements of entering a match is feeling the confidence, knowing that you're going to win. Feeling it inside. If you get - go to a match knowing you're going to win that match, odds are you're going to win that match. You're training with your brother Dave?
Mark Schultz: Yes, sir.
John du Pont: Great Dave Schultz?
Mark Schultz: Yeah.
John du Pont: And I'm talking to the great Mark Schultz. Do you have any idea why I asked you to come here?
Mark Schultz: No.
John du Pont: No. Well, Mark, do you - do you have any idea who I am?
Mark Schultz: No. No.
John du Pont: Some rich guy calls you on the phone. I want the great Mark Schultz to come visit me. Well, I'm a - I'm a wrestling coach. And I have a deep love of the sport of wrestling. And I wanted to speak with you about your future. About what you hope to achieve. What do you hope to achieve, Mark?
Mark Schultz: Well, I wanna be the best in the world. I wanna go to the Worlds and win gold. I wanna go to the '88 Olympics and win gold.
John du Pont: Good. I'm proud of you. Are you getting the support that you need?
Mark Schultz: What do you mean, sir?
John du Pont: Well, you know how the Soviets support their wrestlers.
Mark Schultz: I do.
John du Pont: Mark, we as a nation have failed to honor you. And that's a problem. Not just for you, but for our society. When we fail to honor that which should be honored, it's a problem. It's a canary in a coal mine. Do you bird-watch?
Mark Schultz: Uh, no.
John du Pont: You can learn a lot from birds. I'm an ornithologist. But more importantly, I am a patriot. And I want to see this country soar again.
Mark Schultz: I want that too.
John du Pont: I can see that.

[Mark and John du Pont stare out at the morning forest of Valley Forge]
John du Pont: Three thousand men died here. These patriots were willing to give up everything... including their lives... for freedom. I like to come here to remind myself what really matters. We're going to do great things, Mark. Great things.
Mark Schultz: Yes, sir. I'm gonna give you everything I have.

[John and Mark sit out on the backyard porch of the du Pont residence, a little drunk and drugged]
Mark Schultz: You all right? Huh?
John du Pont: You are a good friend, Mark.
Mark Schultz: Thank you, John.
John du Pont: I only had one real friend growing up. Hugh Cherry. Hughby. He was the son of my mother's chauffeur.
Mark Schultz: Uh-huh.
John du Pont: When I was 16, I found out that my mother had been paying him to be my friend.
Mark Schultz: Dave was my only friend growing up. Yeah.
[John chuckles at Mark]

[John walks into the Foxcatcher gym with a pistol, where all of the wrestlers are stretching for practice]
John du Pont: Mark. After practice, I want you to shower, and come talk to me. All right?
Mark Schultz: Yeah. All right.
[John then fires a round from his pistol into the ceiling of the gym]
John du Pont: Three hundred eighty-seven days to Seoul, gentlemen. Let's have a good practice, shall we?

[Dave feels uneasy and struggles with filming his scene on who John du Pont is]
Documentary Director: Let's get pointed here.
Dave Schultz: What are you looking for?
Documentary Director: I think you know what we're trying to accomplish here. We're making a documentary that shows John is gonna be able to lead this team and lead you to levels of greatness in the world of wrestling that we haven't seen before. And, talk about that, but use some of those terms that he likes like excellent and intensity and validation.
Dave Schultz: [laughs to himself] All right. Well, John du Pont... Say that again? I'm sorry. Can you ask me that question again?
Documentary Director: John sees you as important to this. You're the closing chapter to this thing. You're the end of it, and you're the assistant coach. He sees himself as your mentor. I would like you to just look at the camera and just speak about John... as a mentor.
Dave Schultz: And say what exactly?
Documentary Director: That he's your mentor. Can you do that?
Dave Schultz: John du Pont... is kind of a mentor to me.
Documentary Director: Just look over here at the camera and say it again.
Dave Schultz: [clears his throat, smiles, and answers without emotion] John du Pont is a mentor to me.

[Dave talks to Mark about not being able to leave Foxcatcher]
Dave Schultz: Mark... Look, I don't know what's going to happen in the future, but Nancy and I would like to try and make it work here.
Mark Schultz: You and I both know that I can't stay here.
Dave Schultz: I know, Mark. [long pause] Hey, do you remember when we were kids? You remember how we lived? Moving all over the place? Never had any idea of where or how long we were gonna be anywhere. You remember how that was for us? Was it easy for us?
Mark Schultz: No.
Dave Schultz: That's my responsibility to my family, Mark. I know you understand that. Keep your head in the game, Mark. Go on down.

Dave Schultz: Hey, John. What's happening? [notices that John has a gun] Hey, whoa!
John du Pont: You have a problem with me?
Fred Cole: No, John, don't!
Dave Schultz: John, I don't have a problem. Hey, John...
[John fires at him]

MMA Backstage Official: Mark. You're up.
[starts walking to the ring]
MMA Announcer: He is a jujitsu fighter, standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 225 pounds. From Moscow, Russia, Vladimir "The Prototype" Milstead.
MMA Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, fight number three, on our six-bout card features a match-up with this freestyle wrestler out of Lindon, Utah. Standing 5 feet, 20 inches tall, weighing in at 203 pounds. He is a three-time NCAA and three-time world champion, 1984 Olympic gold medalist. Please welcome Mark Schultz!
[the audience roars out in welcoming Mark Schultz] USA! USA! USA! USA!


  • Ambition. Power. Control.
  • Based on the shocking true story.


  • Bruce Baumgartner - USA wrestling rep
  • Samara Lee - Danielle Schultz
  • Jackson Frazer - Alexander Schultz
  • Jane Mowder - Rosie
  • Daniel Hilt - Robert Garcia
  • Lee Perkins - Corporal Daly
  • David "Doc" Bennett - Documentary Director
  • Jazz Securo - MMA Announcer
  • Brock Lesnar - Wrestler

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