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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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Touching Story of Violence Cutting a Life Short
17 December 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

30 for 30: The Prince of Pennsylvania (2015)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This entry into the ESPN series takes a closer look at the events behind the Hollywood film FOXCATCHER. The main focus is on the millionaire John de Pont who started up a wrestling camp on his large property but everything that was built came crashing down when he shot and murdered star wrestler Dave Schultz. This documentary features interviews with several of the wrestlers that were at the camp, the family of Schultz as well as the lawyer of de Pont. I was personally very disappointed in the movie that was made about this story so I was looking forward to this documentary, which certainly paints a more clear picture of what life was like on this camp. It also shows how slowly de Pont began to lose his mind and why Schultz became the target of his violence. There's some great footage of the men on the camp as well as plenty of footage from Schultz.


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