Foxcatcher script
Foxcatcher (2014)
Synopsis: When wealthy John du Pont (Steve Carell) invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to move to his estate and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics, Mark sees a way to step out of the shadow of his charismatic brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). However, du Pont begins to lead Mark down a dark road, causing the athlete's self-esteem to slip. Meanwhile, du Pont becomes fixated on bringing Dave into the fold, eventually propelling all three toward an unforeseen tragedy.

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I/E. BARABOO SCHOOL/PARKING LOT - LATE MORNING

Mark pulls his beat-up car into a space in the parking lot of

this nondescript, 1960s-era suburban brick-facade school.

He’s freshly showered, wears a short-sleeve dress shirt, clip-

on tie, slacks. He reaches behind the front seat and pulls

out a battered BROWN VINYL BRIEFCASE.

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INT. BARABOO SCHOOL/PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE WAITING ROOM - DAY

Mark waits alone in a chair he’s much too big for, his brown

vinyl briefcase on his lap. A portrait of President Reagan

hangs on the painted cinder block wall. A clock ticks.

CUT TO:

INT. BARABOO SCHOOL/AUDITORIUM - DAY

Mark’s on stage. An audience of 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

MARK:

Why do I do it? Why do I push

myself to my limits - of pain, of

exhaustion - every day of my life?

Why do I wake up every morning and

make the commitment? Why do I do

it?

2.

The students are open-mouthed - they have no idea what to

make of him. Mark’s not being willfully over-the-top with

these kids. This is just what’s on his mind. All the time.

MARK (CONT’D)

In 13 months - if I train right, if

I push myself - I’ll be going to

Seoul - that’s a city in South

Korea. Does anyone know why?

Because that’s where the Olympic

games are.

Mark reaches into the briefcase at his feet and pulls out a

RIBBON with a MEDAL dangling from it.

MARK (CONT’D)

Does anyone know what this is?

As a couple of kids start to raise their hands --

MARK (CONT’D)

Olympic gold medal. I won it three

years ago at the ‘84 Games in Los

Angeles. My brother, Dave Schultz -

my best friend, my older brother,

my best friend - won one too, just

23 hours and 16 minutes before I

did. That’s unprecedented - two

brothers winning at the same

Olympics.

(then)

Would you like me to win another

one? Would you like me to win

another gold medal - for us, for

America? Would you like to see me

and my big brother - Dave Schultz -

both win gold medals? Who here

wants to see the two brothers win

again?

Silence. A couple of the kids tentatively raise their hands.

The rest are completely frozen.

MARK (CONT’D)

Well we’re going to give it

absolutely everything we’ve got.

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INT. BARABOO SCHOOL/PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE WAITING ROOM - DAY

A SCHOOL SECRETARY writes out a check as Mark stands in front

of the desk, placing his medal back in his briefcase.

3.

SCHOOL SECRETARY

Twenty... and... no one-hundreds...

She tears off the check and hands it to Mark. He takes the

check, holds out to her a SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO of himself with

his arms raised, in a USA WRESTLING SINGLET just after

winning his Olympic gold.

MARK:

And this is for the trophy case.

SCHOOL SECRETARY

I’m sorry?... For what?

MARK:

For the trophy case.

(beat)

With the trophies.

SCHOOL SECRETARY

It’s an elementary school.

As Mark holds out the photo, WE HEAR:

FAST FOOD KID (V.O.)

Can I take your order?

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INT. ARBY’S - DAY

A long-haired, greasy KID with the very beginnings of a

mustache takes Mark’s order. Mark looks up at the menu sign.

MARK:

I’ll have a # 4.

FAST FOOD KID:

# 4. Anything to drink?

MARK:

No. Can I get extra meat on that?

FAST FOOD KID:

65 cents.

MARK:

What are you talking about?

FAST FOOD KID:

Extra meat costs extra.

4.

MARK:

Where’s it say that?

FAST FOOD KID:

I don’t know. I just know I’m

supposed to charge extra for extra

meat.

MARK:

I always get extra meat. Every time

I come here.

FAST FOOD KID:

It’s extra for extra meat. They

told me. 65 cents.

CUT TO:

I/E. MARK’S FORD STATION WAGON/ ARBY’S PARKING LOT - DAY

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E. Max Frye

Eric Max Frye is an American screenwriter and film director from Oregon. In 2015, he received an Academy Award nomination for co-writing, with Dan Futterman, the original screenplay for Foxcatcher. more…

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