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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

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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You Know Rocky, Now Meet Chuck 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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,565, 7 May 2017

Gross USA:

$320,725

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$502,518
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chuck tells Linda the bartender that she takes a good license photo, but New Jersey didn't start putting photos on licenses until the late 1990s. 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 »

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Features Rocky (1976) See more »

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The antithesis to Rocky
10 November 2018 | by dchowdhuryfilmsSee all my reviews

A worthy attempt to tell the story of the story that inspired the story that was Rocky. Where Rocky was about hope and triumph, this is a cautionary tale against blind ambition. Kind of the antithesis to Rocky if you like.

What Rocky was based on was Wepner's supposed 'knock-down' of Ali in March '75. A million to one shot who almost went the distance. Yet if you watch the actual footage of the Wepner/Ali fight you'll see it really wasn't a knock-down as Wepner had stepped on Ali's foot making him lose his balance and fall.

As a result Wepner still becomes a minor celebrity in his own right yet takes a wrong turn as he neglects his family, indulges in sex and drugs and the party lifestyle all the whilst deluding himself he's some big shot.

There is fun to be had with this and it really gets fun when Stallone enters the picture, played by Morgan Spector; and Lieb Schreiver puts in a quality stand out performance as does Naomi Watts and the supporting cast. This is a decent movie and is An Enjoyable way to pass the time.


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