IMDb > North Dallas Forty (1979)
North Dallas Forty
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

North Dallas Forty (1979) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 18 | slideshow) Videos
North Dallas Forty -- Based on the popular novel by former Dallas Cowboy Peter Gent, NORTH DALLAS FORTY depicts Nolte as an aging ballplayer who, through a woman he meets, is drawn away from the masculine, violent world in which he has lived so long. In doing so, he finds himself at odds with the team's management.

Overview

User Rating:
7.0/10   3,705 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Peter Gent (novel)
Frank Yablans (screenplay) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for North Dallas Forty on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
3 August 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"Wait till you see the weird part." [USA Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s. See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Honest and straightforward account of the lives of football players. See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Nick Nolte ... Phillip Elliott

Mac Davis ... Seth Maxwell

Charles Durning ... Coach Johnson

Dayle Haddon ... Charlotte Caulder

Bo Svenson ... Jo Bob Priddy

John Matuszak ... O. W. Shaddock

Steve Forrest ... Conrad Hunter

G.D. Spradlin ... B. A. Strothers

Dabney Coleman ... Emmett Hunter

Savannah Smith Boucher ... 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 ... Vip
Walter Brooke ... Doctor

Alan Autry ... Balford (as Carlos Brown)
Danny J. Bunz ... Tony Douglas

Jane Daly ... Ruth

Rad Daly ... Conrad
Cliff Frazier ... Monroe
Stanley Grover ... March
Glenn-Michael Jones ... Locker Boy (as Glenn Michael Jones)
Frank O'Neill ... Assistant Trainer
Tommy Reamon ... Delma Huddle

Tom Reese ... Coach Waddy
Jeff Severson ... Partridge (as Jeffrey Severson)

Grant Kilpatrick ... Monsignor

Kevin Cooney ... Pete Peterson
Tony Frank ... Rindquist
Doug France ... Alcie Weeks
Garrie Kelly ... Party Guest

Debbie Turner ... Party Guest
Michele Turner ... Party Guest
Jasmine Gagnier ... Party Guest
Sharyn Lee ... Party Guest
Joe Portaro ... Party Guest
Lauren Jennifer Downing ... Party Guest
Nanci Roberts ... Bunny Girl
Kathleen Mary Larken ... Peggy
Don J. Berberet ... Referee
Randall Braxtan ... Billy Fitch
Kory Olson ... Salesman
Louie Kelcher ... Football Player
Harold Jackson ... Football Player

Michael Ballew ... Football Player (as Mike Ballew)
Martin Imhof ... Football Player
Ronnie L. Coleman ... Football Player
Boyd Matson ... TV Announcer
Ross Porter ... TV Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michele Turner Wilson ... Stewardess Twin

Directed by
Ted Kotcheff 
 
Writing credits
Peter Gent (novel)

Frank Yablans (screenplay) &
Ted Kotcheff (screenplay) and
Peter Gent (screenplay)

Nancy Dowd  uncredited
Rich Eustis  uncredited

Produced by
Frank Baur .... associate producer
Jack B. Bernstein .... executive producer
Frank Yablans .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Scott 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jay Kamen 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Alfred Sweeney 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Jeph Parker  (as Art Parker)
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (as Bob Dawn)
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Eddie Henriques)
Gladys Witten .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Frank Baur .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Wally Samson .... production manager: studio features (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Hsu .... assistant director
Kalai Strode .... second assistant director
Kevin G. Cremin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Terry E. Lewis .... property master (as Terry Lewis)
Gunnar Mattson .... construction coordinator
Hank Giardina .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Mike Humburger .... leadman (uncredited)
Richard McKenzie .... set designer (uncredited)
Chuck Shepard .... second assistant property master (uncredited)
Kenny Swenson .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sig Tingloff .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor
Pierre Jalbert .... dialogue editor
Larry Jost .... sound mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... sound effects editor (as Alan Murray)
Alan L. Nineberg .... dialogue editor (as Alan Nineberg)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Keene Wilkinson)
Clint Althouse .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects (as Joe Mercurio)
 
Stunts
Debby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Genne .... first assistant camera
Wally Hice .... dolly grip
J. Michael Marlett .... gaffer (as Mike Marlett)
Guy Polzel .... key grip
Timothy E. Wade .... camera operator (as Tim Wade)
Roger Blauvelt .... best boy: studio (uncredited)
Clarence Ebert .... second grip (uncredited)
Ron Frantzvog .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Hartley .... electrician (uncredited)
Greg Langham .... electrician (uncredited)
Phillip Marlett .... best boy (uncredited)
Chris Nagle .... grip (uncredited)
Hal Nelson .... grip (uncredited)
Glenn K. Shimada .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... costume supervisor: men (as Norman Burza)
Betsy Cox .... costume supervisor: women
Harold Crawford .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
James P. Cullen .... costumer (uncredited)
Roger Gallo Garcia .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Tom Numbers .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Christopher Koefoed .... apprentice editor (as Christopher Lucien Koefoed)
Jack Michon .... assistant editor
Thom Noble .... editorial consultant
 
Music Department
John Mick .... music editor
John Scott .... conductor
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... orchestra manager (uncredited)
Lincoln Mayorga .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab .... musician: Trumpet (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Ted Nash .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Waddy Wachtel .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Thornsberry .... transportation coordinator (as Jim Thornsberry)
Chuck Alsobrook .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Gene Biernot .... driver: prop truck (uncredited)
Tom Dragna .... driver: effects truck (uncredited)
Tom Greene .... driver: motorhome (uncredited)
Millard Lemon .... driver: grip truck (uncredited)
Larry Merideth .... driver: wardrobe truck (uncredited)
Carlos G. Rodriguez Jr. .... driver: catering (uncredited)
Greg Van Dyke .... driver: camera truck (uncredited)
Randy White .... driver: production van (uncredited)
Mike Wills .... driver: crew cab (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bruce Bahrenburg .... unit publicist
Tom Fears .... football coach
Tom Fears .... football coordinator
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Doug Grossman .... technical advisor
Wanda Mull .... secretary to unit production manager (as Wanda R. Mull)
Dickey Nesenger .... script supervisor
Frank O'Neill .... football coordinator
Frank O'Neill .... football trainer
Jette Sorensen .... location auditor
Martin Brown .... craft service (uncredited)
Ron Eisenman .... first aid (uncredited)
Richard Espinoza .... production trainee (uncredited)
James Herbert .... location manager (uncredited)
Frank Nurre .... location manager (uncredited)
Gerry Okuneff .... assistant football coach (uncredited)
Carlos G. Rodriguez Jr. .... cook (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Ron Chapman .... special thanks: Radio Station KVIL Dallas-Fort Worth
Robert H. Kovoloff .... special thanks: Associated Film Promotions, Inc.
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
119 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (cinema release) | UK:18 (video release) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Reportedly, creative differences were apparent on the set between producer Frank Yablans and screenwriter / source novelist Peter Gent.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: There are several lip-synch problems throughout, probably due to re-dubbing lines.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
CubaSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Honest and straightforward account of the lives of football players., 17 September 2015
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

"North Dallas Forty" can rightfully take its place among the greatest of sports based movies. It's an intelligent, unflinching look into the world of professional (American) football, and the assortment of characters that inhabit the world. There's no need for flashy filmmaking here; the drama is strong enough to carry the story, along with some completely authentic performances. People unfamiliar with this movie will note that there's not necessarily a lot of game action; the concentration is on the action taking place off the playing field.

The pivotal character is Phillip Elliott (Nick Nolte), a weary seen-it-all veteran of the game, a top notch receiver conscious of all the punishment that his body has taken over the years. Phillip knows the game very well, but he's not too interested in playing a different sort of game, with the hard-driving coaches (G.D. Spradlin and Charles Durning) and the greedy team owner (Steve Forrest). Fortunately, he does have one good friend: star quarterback Seth Maxwell (singer Mac Davis).

This is scripted by director Ted Kotcheff ("First Blood"), producer Frank Yablans, and author Peter Gent, who wrote the semi-fictional novel on which the movie is based. Based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s, it takes its time telling the story, contrasting the more philosophical and low key nature of Phillip with gung-ho defensive players like O.W. Shaddock (real life football star John Matuszak) and Jo Bob Priddy (amusing live wire Bo Svenson). We feel completely sympathetic towards Phillip, and can also practically feel the pain that he experiences after every game. There are several key emotional scenes, especially towards the end.

Nolte is excellent in the lead role, and as one can see, the supporting cast is full of rock solid actors (also among them is Dabney Coleman as Forrests' younger brother). Nolte and Davis have very fine chemistry and one can buy them as friends. Dayle Haddon, as a love interest for Nolte, isn't terribly effective because she comes off as just too aloof.

Compelling material, even for people who aren't necessarily football fans.

Eight out of 10.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (46 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for North Dallas Forty (1979)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Ripe for a remake davbot
Stallings MrDeltoid77
Only a Handful of Black Players???? ozzyredwings
My unforgettable scene jawebster2000
The Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator swtsu1986
Bloke getting head in the gym? silentyawn
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Outside Providence Election The Big Lebowski Semi-Tough Annie Hall
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.