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North Dallas Forty (1979)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
B. A. Strothers
Emmett Hunter
Joanne Rodney (as Savannah Smith)
Marshall Colt ...
Art Hartman
Guich Koock ...
Eddie Rand
Mrs. Hartman
Jim Boeke ...
Stallings (as James F. Boeke)
John Bottoms ...


A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football 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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3 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Bullen von Dallas  »

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To prepare for his role as an NFL footballer, actor Nick Nolte underwent a rigorous training schedule for several weeks with professional NFL footballers. See more »


During the game with Chicago, the stands in the stadium are empty. See more »


Conrad Hunter: People who confuse brains and luck can get in a whole lot of trouble. Seeing through the game is not the same as winning the game.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 July 2014 (2014) See more »


Performed by The Gibson Brothers
Written by Jean Kluger & Daniel Vangarde
courtesy of Island Records
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Back to the future
27 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I hadn't seen ND40 since it first opened, but I always remembered it as my favorite football movie. Since my friends are sick of me comparing every football movie to it, I decided to make sure I was still right after 20 years. The movie holds up remarkably over the years. Sure, lots has changed--making the movie a humorous period statement. The bad hair, the bad polyester clothes, and cigarettes everywhere. The coach actually has to tell the team to put out their cigarettes five minutes before the big game!

On substance, the movie is still right on the mark. The addiction to pain killers, the crippling effect of the game, and the effect the game has on the players personal lives all ring true today. Although we try to unsuccessfully bury some of those problems today, they sneak out anyway in Bret Favre's pain killers or OJ Simpson's arthritis.

One problem: if Nolte really is the best receiver on the team with the best hands in the league, why isn't he playing? I can hypothesize reasons, but the writer/director could have made the reasons more obvious.

9 stars out of 10

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