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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
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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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$26,079,312 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Source novelist and co-screenwriter Peter Gent once explained the story behind why the title 'North Dallas Forty' was chosen. In an email interview, Gent said: "I was shocked that in 1964 America, Dallas could have an NFL franchise and the black players could not live near the practice field in North Dallas, which was one of the reasons I titled the book 'North Dallas Forty.' I kept asking why the white players put up with their black teammates being forced to live in segregated south Dallas, a long drive to the practice field. The situation was not changed until Mel Renfro filed a 'Fair Housing Suit' in 1969." See more »

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

Quotes

Coach Johnson: This is national TV. So don't pick your noses or scratch your nuts.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Times
Performed by Chic
Written by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers
courtesy of Atlantic Records
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This IS the NFL Today!
21 May 2014 | by (WA) – See all my reviews

Listening to the Colin Cowherd Show on ESPN and Kyle Turley was on. He was getting into the drug use in the NFL and now wants the NFL to pay-up.

I saw this in 1979 with two friends I worked with at a hot dog place. They were both going to USC to play football. This movie was an insight to the reality of sports...and it was 1979. Nothing has changed! Why is this movie so significant? If you listen to Turley's arguments, he acts as if this is something new. Like anything else, nothing is new. You want women, money, and a lifestyle that says, "Live for today" then you can't whine about the consequences. The NFL sees you as a product. That's news to you?

Every professional athlete should have to watch this movie before signing any contract. You show this to any high school athlete, and like the guys I saw it with going to USC, they will say, "So...that's not gonna happen to me." Great movie!


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