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In 1975 he was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey – a boxer who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali – and was the real-life inspiration for the movie character Rocky. Yet Chuck Wepner’s life was not the stuff of Hollywood dreams; he was dogged at every turn by a parade of marital, legal and economic troubles. With spot-on details of a bygone era, the film’s message of resilience, hope and redemption still land a punch. Liev Schreiber gives an unforgettable performance as Wepner (nicknamed the “Bayonne Bleeder”). Elisabeth Moss, Naomi Watts and Ron Perlman co-star.
Philippe Falardeau | USA | 2017 | 101 min