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Paper Lion (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 14 October 1968 (USA)
Sportswriter George Plimpton poses as a rookie quarterback for the Detroit Lions for a "Sports Illustrated" article.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
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Kate
Joe Schmidt ...
Himself
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Himself
John Gordy ...
Himself
Mike Lucci ...
Himself
Pat Studstill ...
Himself
Bill McPeak ...
Himself
Jim Martin ...
Himself
Jim David ...
Himself
Charles Knox ...
Himself
John North ...
Himself
Carl Brettschneider ...
Himself
Roger Brown ...
Himself
Lou Garney ...
Himself
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Storyline

George Plimpton wants to write a story for Sports Illustrated on what it is like to be a quarterback for an NFL team. No one is willing to allow a klutzy amateur to go on the field for fear he'll kill himself. After several teams turn him down, Plimpton got the Detroit Lions to let him go to training camp. He tries to keep his true identity a secret from the real players. This is based on a true incident and many of the players play themselves in the movie. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The Paper Lion is About to Get Creamed

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Comedy | Sport

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Approved

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14 October 1968 (USA)  »

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León de papel  »

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Trivia

This movie was filmed at saint Andrews school See more »

Goofs

After George enters the game and the team is penalized for Delay of Game, the referee is shown winding the clock. The clock is not started after a Delay penalty. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Lombardi: You try the AFL?
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer from the opening credits: "This film is an amiable fiction based on the book 'Paper Lion' by George Plimpton and is not intended to be a literal depiction of its author." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Over 18... and Ready! (1969) See more »

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Captures the time perfectly
9 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are a fan of Pro football, this is a must. Before Alan Alda shot to fame in the TV series MASH, he was in Paper Lion. Many Football movies have been made, some good, some bad. Longest Yard and Brain's Song rank as two of the best, with Paper Lion a close third. One of the best scenes doesn't take place on the Football field. When Plimpton (Alda) explains his idea to Vince Lombardi, Lombardi laughs and replied " Have you thought about the AFL?" Giving him a dirty look, Alda leaves. This shows the bad blood that existed between the NFL and AFL at the time. One year after this movie was filmed, the merger of the AFL and NFL was announced.


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