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The Prince of Pennsylvania 

This documentary explores the story of the Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their turbulent relationship to the eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont.

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Jesse Vile
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Mark Schultz ... Himself - Olympic & Two-Time World Champion 82kg
John du Pont John du Pont ... Himself - Convicted Murderer (archive footage)
Taras Wochok Taras Wochok ... Himself - John du Pont's Lawyer & Friend
Robbie Calabrese Robbie Calabrese ... Himself - Team Foxcatcher 1986-1996 57kg
Dan Chaid Dan Chaid ... Himself - Team Foxcatcher 1987-1995 90 kg
Gail Wenk du Pont Gail Wenk du Pont ... Herself - Du Pont's Ex-Wife
Dave Schultz Dave Schultz ... Himself - Murder Victim (archive footage)
Philip Schultz Philip Schultz ... Himself - Mark & Dave's Father
Jeanie Saint Germain Jeanie Saint Germain ... Herself - Mark & Dave's Mother
Tony Dehaven Tony Dehaven ... Himself - Team Foxcatcher 1987-1996 74kg
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Back in the 1980s, the road to the Olympics was long and hard for an amateur wrestler. But then along came John du Pont, an eccentric heir to the family fortune with a passion for wrestling. His 800-acre 'Foxcatcher' Farm outside Philadelphia became the hub of the sport, with state-of-the-art training facilities, free accommodations, generous stipends and the support of America's best freestyle wrestlers, brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz. It all seemed too good to be true - and tragically it was, with a savage ending. Featuring new testimonials and never-before-seen footage, "The Prince of Pennsylvania" is the story of a paradise lost to the madness of its creator, a man who had the means to buy anything except for the one thing he truly wanted. Written by ESPN Films

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20 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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ESPN Films, Raw TV See more »
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Well-Intentioned Attempt to Explain the Inexplicable
24 September 2018 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

ESPN's documentary crew digs into John du Pont, the lonely, wealthy, eccentric guy who recruited an world-class wrestling squad to train in his backyard and then gradually lost his mind to paranoia. We get really in-depth for a fifty-minute feature, learning of du Pont's strange obsessions and mental deterioration, plus the intense mix of dedication and desperation that led his team to overlook the red flags and continue training at his facility.

To this day, nobody really knows why John icily shot down his head trainer and friend, gold medalist Dave Schultz, but the warning signs were all there. Several former teammates still show deep personal remorse, twenty years later, for passively brushing aside du Pont's mania, though in hindsight everything is crystal clear. In the moment, preparing in earnest for the '96 Olympics, their minds were understandably elsewhere. A tragic story from all angles, even the villain's, with an especially difficult final chapter.


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