When a devastating hit knocks a professional football legend and quarterback Cap Rooney out of the game, a young, unknown third-stringer is called in to replace him. Having ridden the bench for years because of a string of bad luck stories and perhaps insufficient character, Willie Beaman seizes what may be his last chance, and lights up the field with a raw display of athletic prowess. His stunning performance over several games is so outstanding and fresh it seems to augur a new era in the history of this Miami franchise, and forces aging coach Tony D'Amato to reevaluate his time-tested values and strategies and begin to confront the fact that the game, as well as post-modern life may be passing him by. Adding to the pressure on D'Amato to win at any cost is the aggressive young President/Co-owner of the team, Christina Pagniacci, now coming into her own after her father's death. Christina's driving desire to prove herself in a male dominated world is intensified by her focus on the... Written by
Oliver Stone originally wanted to adapt the book "You're Okay, It's Just a Bruise: A Doctor's Sideline Secrets" by Robert Huizenga as a theatrical movie, but had meanwhile purchased an unrelated football screenplay by John Logan intended to be made for TV. After Al Pacino became interested in the Logan script, Stone was given the greenlight for a theatrical movie. Stone wrote a shooting script that combined the two different screenplays. See more »
Before the final play of the game, the quarterback is shown in the huddle with a part of his right shoulderpad outside of his jersey. When he comes to the line, the pad is tucked back in. See more »
[the Shark has just sliced Beamen's van in two after Beamen makes a bad remark about the Sharks defense]
Luther 'Shark' Lavay:
In football, you have the offense and the defense. You can't have one without the other. Respect will be paid.
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During the end credits, we see D'Amato accepting an award and telling of his future plans with the league. See more »
I don't intend to add to the many positive comments about this movie. I agree with them. But from another perspective:
First, I have never been a football fan. However, any movie that combines Oliver Stone and Al Pacino has to get my interests. I loved it.
One thing that did impress me more than anything else was the quality of the sound design. The 3 dimensional noises in the huddle, on the line, from the grandstands; the growls and other sounds from the players; these things made the movie live and my blood boil. I was breathless.
Then these things interspersed with dead silences and slow motion dreamlike sequences gave the action a spiritual quality.
I stayed for the credits to see who had done this sound work and I think Wylie Stateman will get, at the very least, an Oscar nomination for sound design. If you ever wondered what this credit meant, see this movie and you will know. This movie would have lost a great deal of its punch without that sound designer's talent.
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