101 minutes – Drama Festival release date: September 2, 2016 (Venice) Release date: May 19, 2017 Canadian distributor: Entract Films US distributor: IFC Films
Chuck began life as The Bleeder and tells the true story of Chuck “The Bayonne Bleeder” Wepner, who was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career. His life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on Muhammad Ali in a highly publicized title match. He lasted a gruelling, bloody, 15 rounds in the ring but knocked Ali down in the 9th round. The match inspired a young Sylvester Stallone, who watched the fight on television, to adapt the basic details of the Wepner’s story for his own breakout star vehicle, Rocky. The fight was also the start of a life that brought Wepner incredible highs and the humbling lows of sudden fame that comes to a complete halt when your 15 minutes in the spotlight goes dark.
Chuck is an American film but included on Northernstars because its director, Philippe Falardeau is Canadian, as are the cinematographer and editor.
Jeff Feuerzeig Jerry Stahl Michael Cristofer Liev Schreiber
Corey Allen Jackson
Gonzalo Cordoba Kendall Anderson (Set Decoration)
Liev Schreiber Naomi Watts Elisabeth Moss Ron Perlman Jim Gaffigan Michael Rapaport Pooch Hall Jason Jones Morgan Spector Sadie Sink Zina Wilde Catherine Corcoran Angela Marie Roy Wass Stevens Liz Celeste Ivan Martin Joe Starr Jen Ponton William Hill Mark Borkowski Mareli Miniutti Leslie Lyles Megan Sikora J.J. Kandel Melo Ludwig Marissa Rose Gordon Georgia Ximenes Lifsher Rao Rampilla
Chuck Wepner Linda Phyliss Al Braverman John John Muhammad Ali
Stallone Kimberly Age 11 Roberta Sandy Chuck Wepner’s Makeup Artist ohnny Dicesare Miniskirt Blonde Bobby Van Manny P.A. Paddy Flood Joe Schoolgirl Charlotte Flo Wepner Jimmy the Cop Young Kimberly Penelope Rachel Indian Liquor Store Owner