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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.


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Release Date:
3 August 1979 (USA) See more »
"Wait till you see the weird part." [USA Theatrical] See more »
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 »
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This is a biting and uproarious look at the world of pro football. See more (46 total) »


  (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 .... re-recording mixer (as John Keene Wilkinson)
Clint Althouse .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects (as Joe Mercurio)
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
Location Management
James Herbert .... location manager (uncredited)
Frank Nurre .... location manager (uncredited)
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)
Gerry Okuneff .... assistant football coach (uncredited)
Carlos G. Rodriguez Jr. .... cook (uncredited)
Ron Chapman .... special thanks: Radio Station KVIL Dallas-Fort Worth
Robert H. Kovoloff .... special thanks: Associated Film Promotions, Inc.
Crew believed to be complete

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119 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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?

The character of Seth Maxwell (Mac Davis) was allegedly based on quarterback Don Meredith (Meredith was even offered the role); B. A. Strothers (G.D. Spradlin) on Tom Landry, and Phillip Elliott (Nick Nolte) on wide receiver Peter Gent.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: There are several lip-synch problems throughout, probably due to re-dubbing lines.See more »
Maxwell:You had better learn how to play the game, and I don't mean just the game of football.See more »
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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
This is a biting and uproarious look at the world of pro football., 26 September 1998
Author: Deckard-16 from United States

North Dallas Forty rates as one of the all-time best sports movies ever made and is probably the best football film ever. Peter Gent's excellent novel was essentially a roman a clef about the Dallas Cowboys --America's Team-- of the '60s and 70's. And this movie sticks very close the book only dropping the novel's bloodbath ending. Nick Nolte gives one of his best performances as a world weary receiver facing the end of his playing days and still not wanting to become a full-fledged adult. Mac Davis is wonderfully wise cracking as the quarterback and leader of the team (basically he playing the real Don Meredith). G.D. Spradlin is memorably uptight and tight-jawed as the head coach. The rest of the cast fills out this colorful world of a raucous pro football team very well. It is an antic filled movie that tells a very dark tale of rich owners and rich people treating anybody beneath them like cattle. When one of the cattle happens to be smarter then the rest of the herd and decides to quit playing dumb --Nolte's character-- then that animal is turned away from the herd and is no longer allowed to play anymore reindeer games (if I may mix metaphors). The movie is played broadly but it cynical bite elevates it to a a much higher status as a serious work. Kudos to Ted Kotcheff for his acute direction.

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