- 10:45 AM, Jan 21
"The Bleeder" follows Chuck Wepner (Schreiber) through his peak years both in and out of the ring. The film offers a complex portrait of his domestic life, particularly his marriages to second wife Phyllis (Moss), whose support and patience is stretched to the breaking point by Wepner's bouts of debauchery, and third wife Linda (Watts), who proves to be the grounding force he needs. But its main event is his 1975 fight against Ali (Pooch Hall), with whom the affable Wepner shares an endearing backstage camaraderie.
There is less glory when Wepner tries to go Hollywood by doggedly pursuing work with the young Sylvester Stallone (Morgan Spector), whose Academy Award-winning film was only selectively drawn from Wepner's actual life. Stallone is warmly receptive, but the limits of this relationship are awkwardly plain.