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Prince of Pennsylvania, The

Going far beyond last year’s Academy Award nominated film Foxcatcher, this illuminating documentary details the incredible story of a wrestling coach who commits murder, bringing the careers of two gold-medalist brothers to a savage end.

In the 1980s, American amateur wrestlers faced a long and hard road to the Olympics, with minimal supports in place to prepare them for world-class competition. Into this breach steps John du Pont, an eccentric heir to the Delaware family fortune who has a passion for wrestling and a vision of greatness. Turning a portion of his 800-acre Foxcatcher Farm into a center for wrestling, du Pont builds state-of-the-art training facilities and provides wrestlers with free accommodations and generous stipends. He also provides top-level coaching from America's best freestyle wrestlers: brothers Mark and Dave Schultz. What seems to be a godsend, however, quickly descends into tragedy, with du Pont’s brutal, unexpected murder of Dave Schultz. Twenty years after the death, with exclusive access to new witnesses and never-before-seen archival material, The Prince of Pennsylvania is a riveting examination of the deluded mind of du Pont and this shocking, unforgettable story.

DIRECTOR: Jesse Vile
CAST: DOC
LANGUAGE: English
COUNTRY: USA, UK
YEAR: 2015
LENGTH: 50 min

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