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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:
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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
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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:
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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:
The character of Stallings was played by Jim Boeke (billed as James F. Boeke), who was one of source novelist and co-scripter Peter Gent's real-life teammates from the Dallas Cowboys. This was not Boeke's cinema movie debut though, Boeke had film experience, as he had earlier appeared in Heaven Can Wait (1978) and had two other TV credits.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the game with Chicago, the stands in the stadium are empty.See more »
Quotes:
Coach Johnson:If you moved any slower, you'd be going backwards!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Wait till you fathom the good part, 3 February 2014
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

The opening shot of Ted Kotcheff's North Dallas Forty is a tense and memorable one. It shows the aging and exhausted Phil Elliot (Nick Nolte), passed out in his bed and awoken by a blaring alarm clock. Elliot is slow to get up, every move being a slow one that clearly causes a searing amount of pain. He lumbers to the kitchen to get a beer before stumbling to soak in a bathtub. Punctuating this scene are brief little clips from last night's football game, where Elliot was met with several rough, polarizing blows to every part of his body. Interrupting this scene's quiet, almost meditative atmosphere are Elliot's loudmouth friends, clearly intoxicated, who want to go out and cause a ruckus with their shotguns.

What we see in the first few minutes of North Dallas Forty are what we never see in sports - the morning after the game. The physical pain rather than the heated press conferences or celebratory events in the locker. Because we see the lead character in such a vulnerable, often powerless light despite being a very good football player is why North Dallas Forty is so skilled on its feet as a film. It explores where other films would dim their focus. It fully embraces and boldly depicts in element where other screenwriters' knees would buckle under the weight and pressure of the story, especially for the time. Written by a trio of thoughtful and thoroughly ambitious people - Peter Gent, Kotcheff, and Frank Yablans - the film manages to be less entertaining and sensational, like a typical sports film, and more heartbreaking and an often immersing watch.

We set our sights on Elliot, who is becoming greatly dissatisfied with the way the NFL operates (his team is the fictional North Dallas Bulls, which mirror the Dallas Cowboys, FYI). He loathes the way managers and coaches treat their players like cattle, constantly emphasizing their flaws and not their advantages, and justifying their ungrateful, smug comments on poor performance as methods of tough-love. Elliot knows the organization is out to make money and injuries, long-term trauma, and player wellbeing are the least of their concerns. Through Elliot's dissatisfaction, however, he becomes heavily dependent on painkillers, alcohol, and other pills of sorts to keep his mind right. Just before a big game that determines the Bulls' playoff fate, Elliot's leg, which is experiencing hellish pain, is given a shot of a mysterious substance. What was it? What are its effects? Why is it being used? Who cares, "the whole thing's numb," Elliot states.

The film is held together not only by the competence of its writer but by Nolte's tremendous talents as a character actor and performing. He articulates with a touch of sensitivity and years of craft the agony and despair many aging athletes likely experience. For instance, consider Super Bowl XLVIII, which took place yesterday and ended with the Seattle Seahawks winning 43 - 8 over the two-point favorite Denver Broncos, led by Quarterback Peyton Manning, who is already thirty-seven years old with years of professional experience under his belt. I wouldn't want to feel what that man has felt waking up, especially now, nearing forty with the albatross of having numerous neck surgeries conducted. Watching the Super Bowl last night, I could only imagine how he not just him but many of those players wake up with severe pain in their bodies - pain that will likely carry over to their older years and maybe even cripple them as time goes on. All for a game that will be out of the immediate mindset of even the most heartened-fans in no more than two weeks or so.

On a final note, the promotional poster/home video release images for North Dallas Forty are criminally misleading ones, showing two football players, one dousing himself with water, the other hoisting his helmet while they both lounge in two cowboy boots with two woman grappling to get at them on both sides of the boots. The image at hand denotes a fun sort of rabble-rousing, Animal House-style entertainment which is completely absent from the film. This is not the film you will see, and the marketing campaign has shamefully misrepresented the film to consumers if their sole-exposure to the film is by looking at the film's promotional poster or home video cover.

Starring: Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, and Charles Durning. Directed by: Ted Kotcheff.

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