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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Features Kojak (1973) See more »

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Fascinating Background on "Rocky", Led by Great Performances
25 May 2017 | by themovieparadiseSee all my reviews

The first thing Chuck did right was it allowed me to be immersed into this world. The film takes place in the 60's and 70's, and I felt like I was right there! Everything from the costumes to the production design to being made on film, it all worked to create a very vintage look. I felt like I was right with these characters, and I think all the time and care that went into crafting the look of the film needs to be recognized. To take it a step further, the performances are what ultimately sold me. Sure, everything looked gorgeous and vintage, but I was not watching actors; I was watching characters. And that was key in selling me on this world they were displaying. Schrieber is fantastic in this movie! This may be the strongest performance I've seen him give. He, and everyone else too, was almost unrecognizable. This character could easily have been played as one-note, but Schrieber brought so many different layers to him. You understand that he's a really despicable guy, but Schrieber lets you see that he's really a broken man who has lost his way. You're not exactly sure whether Chuck is the protagonist or the antagonist, but it's the subtlety of Schrieber's acting that really lets you buy into this complex character.


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