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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).

Director:

Philippe Falardeau

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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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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The bleeder needed a band aid but didn't die because of its injuries
30 September 2017 | by Rightintool Tool TributeSee all my reviews

As a former boxer, an aficionado of boxing movies wanted to like this movie more than I did. That said, the overall story, the acting, the angle was actually very very very good. The biggest problem I had was the soundtrack trying to ground it as a period piece that too often not only overshadowed the actors but worse, drowned them out. This movie was about the nuance's of Chuck Wepner's life that shaped him. That was a great build in telling a realistic story and not making the character too villainous nor too sympathetic. Basically human. Those drowned out nuances unfortunately for me diluted the potential strength the film could have provided.


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