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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 ...
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John Gordy ...
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Mike Lucci ...
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Pat Studstill ...
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Bill McPeak ...
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Jim Martin ...
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Jim David ...
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Charles Knox ...
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John North ...
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Carl Brettschneider ...
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Roger Brown ...
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Lou Garney ...
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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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At the time of the book and movie, Alex Karras was a defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions. However, after his playing career ended, Karras became a commentator for Monday Night Football before embarking on an acting career appearing in movies like Blazing Saddles as well as starring in his own hit TV show, Webster. See more »

Goofs

In the flashbacks when Plimpton pitches against the American and National League All-Stars, Yankee players are shown wearing both home and road jerseys. See more »

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Vincent Lombardi: You try the AFL?
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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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When football was football....
6 December 1998 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a competent film version of reporter George Plimpton's ill-fated attempt to be a NFL quarterback. Although Alan Alda does a good job as Plimpton, the real joy of this film is in the way it unintentionally documents the sense of community shared among the teammates (many of those used in this film were actual football players, including Alex Karras of "Webster" fame) before money, egos, and greed corrupted the sport.


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