That release date, announced by Sony Pictures Classics, is less than two weeks before Thanksgiving... and just shy of a year later than the original December 20, 2013 date for limited release. The movie was originally pulled so that director Bennett Miller could perform edits.
In announcing that "Foxcatcher" is in contention for the Palme d'Or best picture award, the official Cannes Film Festival website reported the running time for the movie about wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz came in at 2 hours, 10 minutes, a significant trim from rumored reports that early versions weighed in at more than 3 hours.
The Los Angeles Times states that the new release date is prime for 2014 Oscar consideration. Films in the running for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards must have played in New York City and Los Angeles before December 31, 2014.
"Foxcatcher" isn't the only film slated to open November 14. Others hitting the big screen that weekend, according to Deadline Hollywood, include Universal’s "Dumb and Dumber To", Sony/Columbia's "Fury" with Brad Pitt, and Relativity’s "Blackbird."
Here's how the Los Angeles Times described "Foxcatcher": "The film stars Steve Carell as the eccentric chemical fortune heir John du Pont, who infamously shot and killed wrestler Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) in 1996 at the state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center, which Du Pont had built on his palatial estate near Philadelphia.
"Channing Tatum plays brother and fellow Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz, whose autobiography the film is based on. The film also stars Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall."
Mark and Dave Schultz brothers shared impressive international and collegiate wrestling careers. Both earned gold medals in freestyle at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Prior to that, elder brother Dave was a three-time NCAA All-American (one year at Oklahoma State, twice at University of Oklahoma), winning the 167-pound title for the Sooners in 1982. Mark Schultz was a three-time NCAA Division I champ for Oklahoma (1981-83).
Much of "Foxcatcher" was filmed in late 2012 and early 2013 in the Pittsburgh area. A number of actual amateur wrestlers were incorporated into the film.