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North Dallas Forty (1979)

A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

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Coach Johnson
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Charlotte Caulder
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Jo Bob Priddy
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Conrad Hunter
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B. A. Strothers
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Emmett Hunter
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Joanne Rodney (as Savannah Smith)
Marshall Colt ...
Art Hartman
Guich Koock ...
Eddie Rand
Deborah Benson ...
Mrs. Hartman
Jim Boeke ...
Stallings (as James F. Boeke)
John Bottoms ...
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A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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"Wait till you see the weird part." [USA Theatrical] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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3 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Bullen von Dallas  »

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Trivia

The character of Stallings was played by Jim Boeke (billed as James F. Boeke), who was one of source novelist and co-scripter Peter Gent's real-life teammates from the Dallas Cowboys. This was not Boeke's cinema movie debut though, Boeke had film experience, as he had earlier appeared in Heaven Can Wait (1978) and had two other TV credits. See more »

Goofs

During the climactic game with Chicago, the announcers mentioned several times it was a Championship Game and Dallas lost, their season was over. However, at the end of the movie (a day or so after the game) when Elliott was talking to Maxwell and told him he quit the team, Elliott told Maxwell "Good luck on Sunday." See more »

Quotes

Coach Johnson: The difference between winning and losing is about this much
[holds his fingers about one inch apart]
Coach Johnson: ...
Maxwell: That's the same size as his pecker!
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Cuba
Performed by The Gibson Brothers
Written by Jean Kluger & Daniel Vangarde
courtesy of Island Records
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The best sports movie ever?
10 May 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

'ND40' is my favorite of all the sports movies I've seen. It's both a dark and funny look at professional football, succeeding on both levels, with special emphasis put on the way the pro machinery chews up players and spits them out. There's no doubt who the fictional North Dallas Bulls are supposed to correspond to in real life, and the Dallas Cowboys were none too happy with either the book or the movie. For the rest of us it is first-class entertainment.

The movie abounds with great performances. Nick Nolte is superb as the aging wide receiver, weary in spirit and broken of body. His independence and declining skills are threatening his usefulness to the team. G.D. Spradlin gives one of his usual excellent performances playing the team's amoral head coach. It's the type of role he seems almost to have a patent on.

Some actors in this movie, I suspect, are doing the best work of their careers. Mac Davis plays the fun-loving quarterback who is serious about keeping his position both with the team and the ladies, and knows all the tricks, whether it's before, during, or after the game. Steve Forrest is the millionaire owner who wants nothing in the world more than a Super Bowl championship team. And Bo Svenson and former pro player John Matuszak are a couple of linemen who play by the same rules on the field and off.

It's a complex movie with so much going on in some scenes (just like a football game) that it deserves to be seen more than once. One small quibble: the big game was obviously not filmed before an audience. That doesn't detract too much from the overall picture, but a viewer is aware of it.


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