The adventures of three disparate cadets at the US Naval Academy--one the son of a Navy enlisted man, the other the scion of a wealthy family, the third decent but somewhat slow-witted--and... See full summary »
Saturday's Heroes is a film starring Van Heflin and he's one of the many college football players who pack the stands and earn money for the colleges they attend. But they themselves are held to an almost impossible standard to maintain amateur status. It's a problem we still face today.
The problem has also been dealt with far better in films like The Program and Johnny B. Goode that are of more recent vintage. This was a B picture for RKO and either the script was bad or in the editing this film got butchered. At times it was incoherent and some of Van Heflin's character motivations made no sense.
Best performance in the film was a former college football player John Arledge who was caught at professionalism and drummed out of school. His scene with Heflin was most effective.
Better films were done on this issue although Van Heflin is never bad in anything he does.
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