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Chuck

Chuck

May. 05, 2017 101 Min.
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Liev Schreiber isChuck Wepner
Chuck Wepner
Naomi Watts isLinda Wepner
Linda Wepner
Elisabeth Moss isPhyllis Wepner
Phyllis Wepner
Ron Perlman isAl Braverman
Al Braverman
Jim Gaffigan isJohn Stoehr
John Stoehr
Michael Rapaport isJohn Wepner
John Wepner
Pooch Hall isMuhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali
Morgan Spector isSylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

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Chuck :-WatchChuck on 123moviestvshow.com,A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner.Greetings again from the darkness. “That guy could take a punch.” It’s supposed to be a compliment and knowing nod to the machismo and toughness so valued in the world of boxing. Instead that trait is responsible for the two claims to fame for heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner: he shockingly went 15 rounds (minus 17 seconds) against Muhammad Ali in 1975, and was the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar winning movie Rocky.Director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) and the four co-writers (Jeff Feuerzeig, Jerry Stahl, Michael Cristopher, Liev Schreiber) spend very little time in the boxing ring or with the usual training montages, and instead focus on how Wepner’s ego and inability to handle fame affected his family, his health and his life. This is a portrait of Chuck the man, and it’s at times more painful than the barrage of punches Ali landed in Round 15.Liev Schreiber is outstanding as ‘The Bayonne Bleeder’, the disparaging (but accurate) sobriquet that stuck with Wepner – thanks to his propensity to bleed in most bouts. His self-motivation to “Stay up Chuck” against Ali (played here by Schreiber’s “Ray Donovan” brother Pooch Hall) is what became the foundation for Stallone’s Rocky screenplay. There are a few terrific scenes with Wepner and Stallone (a spot on Morgan Spector) as Wepner desperately tries to latch onto the Rocky bandwagon, going so far as to introduce himself as “the real Rocky”. It’s tough for an actor to get Oscar consideration for a performance in the first half of the year, but Schreiber is worthy.

Original title Chuck
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