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Director:
Writers:
Peter Gent (novel)
Frank Yablans (screenplay) ...
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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:
The best sports movie ever? See more (39 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
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Michele Turner Wilson ... Stewardess Twin
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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)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Hsu .... assistant director
Kalai Strode .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Terry E. Lewis .... property master (as Terry Lewis)
Gunnar Mattson .... construction coordinator
Hank Giardina .... paint foreman (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)
 
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)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... costume supervisor: men (as Norman Burza)
Betsy Cox .... costume supervisor: women
James P. Cullen .... costumer (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)
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)
 
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
 
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


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

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Trivia:
This movie was made and released about six years after its source semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Peter Gent was first published in 1973. The name of the football team in the movie is the North Dallas Bulls, loosely based on the real life NFL football team the Dallas Cowboys, which Gent played for between 1964 and 1968.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: There are several lip-synch problems throughout, probably due to re-dubbing lines.See more »
Quotes:
Phil Elliott:[as he receives a numbing injection in his knee] Better football through chemistry.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Harlots (1979)See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The best sports movie ever?, 10 May 1999
Author: Hermit C-2 from Marietta, GA, USA

'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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