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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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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:
Back to the future See more (43 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


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Runtime:
119 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
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:
Revealing mistakes: During the game with Chicago, the stands in the stadium are empty.See more »
Quotes:
Phil Elliott:[Entering the huddle near the end of the game] Having fun boys?
North Dallas Lineman:Blow it up your ass.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
CubaSee more »

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Back to the future, 27 January 2001
Author: Sack-3 from Washington, DC

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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