On Movies: John DuPont, wrestling, tragedy

November 17, 2014 3:50 PM

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"Foxcatcher" is director Bennett Miller's chilling evocation of the real-life story of John Eleuthere du Pont, the Newtown Square, Pa., multimillionaire who operated a wrestling training center at his Foxcatcher Farm in the 1990s and who, on a January day in 1996, shot and killed Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz.

Miller's approach to "Foxcatcher" is similar to his "Capote" (2005), about Truman Capote's struggle to write the true-crime classic "In Cold Blood," and "Moneyball" (2011), about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and his against-the-grain player-signing philosophy. All three combine a document...

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