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Chuck (2016)

The Bleeder (original title)
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A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, who had a once in a lifetime bout with Muhammad Ali that would inspire the film, Rocky (1976).

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Philippe Falardeau

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liev Schreiber ... Chuck Wepner
Elisabeth Moss ... Phyliss Wepner
Ron Perlman ... Al Braverman
Naomi Watts ... Linda
Jim Gaffigan ... John
Michael Rapaport ... Don Wepner
Pooch Hall ... Muhammad Ali
Morgan Spector ... Sylvester Stallone
Jason Jones ... Arty
William Hill ... Paddy
Wass Stevens ... Johnny Dicesare
Kelvin Hale ... Charlie Polite
Megan Sikora ... Flo Wepner
Emil Tonev Emil Tonev ... Fight Ref
Georgia Ximenes Lifsher ... Rachel
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Chuck Wepner, the "Bayonne Bleeder," he was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It's the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame-but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up? Written by AnonymousB

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The Untold Story of the Inspiration for Rocky Balboa See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexuality/nudity and some bloody images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuck See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,565, 5 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$320,725, 9 June 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chuck gets into a phone booth on the street next to a No Turn on Red sign. Being able to turn right on red wasn't law in NJ until 1979. See more »

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Chuck Wepner served his prison time in East Jersey State Prison in Rahway, NJ, not Northern State Prison in Newark, NJ, as depicted in the movie. This is where he met Sylvester Stallone while filming "Lock Up" in 1989. See more »

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Features Kojak (1973) See more »

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Good and bad luck Chuck! An inspiration a rise and ride to fame, yet a downfall to it's vices!
23 September 2017 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

"Chuck" is one interesting and dark biopic tale of fame and the fall that one can take when they don't know how to deal with the success and money that brings along vices. Anyway most movie and sports fans are familiar with the story of how Sly Stallone brought about the story of "Rocky" it was thru the boxing match of little known Chuck Wepner and when he faced "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali and took him the distance in a real life bout. And this picture tells the story pretty well.

"Chuck" is an up and down story of good times and bad times it's a roller coaster ride of hope, luck, inspiration, and reflection of life. Set in 1970's New Jersey boxer Chuck Wepner(in a good turn from Liev Schreiber)gets the title shot of his life against Muhammad Ali and the "Bayonne Bleeder" goes the distance in a tough loss, and this becomes the inspiration for the real movie "Rocky".

After becoming a celebrity with fame and money the abuse of cocaine and alcohol becomes so common for Chuck and he drifts away from his wife(Elisabeth Moss) and family so self destruction is so the norm as Chuck's life goes down the drain and even serves a prison stint. Thru it all this guy is a bleeder of life and determination a fighter. As Chuck even starts a new romance with a new lady(played by Naomi Watts).

The film has a mix of past footage from the actual fight and the picture is told thru Chuck's voice as he recounts his life and times and the 1970's period is captured just fine. Overall good real life story about the rise of fame and it's a showcase of struggle and redemption, proving not always if you win or lose, but it matters if you go the distance.


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