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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2017 12:49 p.m. PST

…Rocky Balboa"

"IFC Films has released the first trailer for Chuck, the boxing biopic based on the true story of Chuck Wepner, the New Jersey liquor salesman who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and inspired Sylvester Stallone‘s Rocky franchise. Previously titled The Bleeder, Chuck debuted at TIFF last year (Read Phil Brown's festival review here) and stars Liev Schreiber as the local Jersey boxing hero through the rise and fall of his career and personal life, and the redemption that followed after.

The cast alone is enough to prick up your ears and the trailer has a fun energy, but ultimately this looks like a pretty meat and potatoes sports biopic with all the triumph, excess, hard partying, fall from grace, and rise from the ashes you've come to expect from any decent feel-good redemption story. I don't expect Chuck will rewrite any rulebooks on the genre, but it's an interesting true-life tale most people probably aren't familiar with…"
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