A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.
When a devastating hit knocks a professional football legend and quarterback Cap Rooney out of the game, a young, unknown third-stringer is called in to replace him. Having ridden the bench for years because of a string of bad luck stories and perhaps insufficient character, Willie Beaman seizes what may be his last chance, and lights up the field with a raw display of athletic prowess. His stunning performance over several games is so outstanding and fresh it seems to augur a new era in the history of this Miami franchise, and forces aging coach Tony D'Amato to reevaluate his time-tested values and strategies and begin to confront the fact that the game, as well as post-modern life may be passing him by. Adding to the pressure on D'Amato to win at any cost is the aggressive young President/Co-owner of the team, Christina Pagniacci, now coming into her own after her father's death. Christina's driving desire to prove herself in a male dominated world is intensified by her focus on the... Written by
Early in the movie when a close-up of the Shark's schedule is shown, among the teams listed are the San Francisco Knights and the Texas Rattlesnakes. Later, the Sharks play a team called the Dallas Knights in the playoffs. See more »
[to Willie Beamen]
What the fuck you mean, I'm dying inside? Motherfucker. Kiss my Armani ass! You know what I did for this team? I'll take ya fuckin' life!
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During the end credits, we see D'Amato accepting an award and telling of his future plans with the league. See more »
Tony D'Amato(Al Pacino) is the head coach of the Miami Sharks who are
owned by the Christina Pagniacci(Cameron Diaz) who is using the Miami
Franchise only for profit. Trouble stirs up after long time star
quarterback Cap Rooney(Dennis Quaid)is injured along with his back up
bringing in third string quarterback Willie Beamen(Jamie Foxx) who
becomes the face of the franchise after having great game after great
game. The only problem is that he plays only with his head and not with
his heart, with an aging team that needs an emotional leader to guide
them to victory. Also Starring: James Woods, Matthew Modine, LL Cool J,
Bill Bellemy, Lawrence Taylor, Charelton Heston, Aaron Eckhart, and
John C. McGinley.
In a cinema that rarely produces pro football movies, this is the cream
of the crop. It captures the reality along with the heroic story of a
nobody rising to the top. The movie is humorous, dramatic, and a
thriller for all sports fans.
This is not only one of Oliver Stone's best films but this is also the
start of Jamie Foxx's "good" acting career. Forget what the critics
said about Collateral or Ray being the beginning for Jamie Foxx. It was
Any Given Sunday. Willie Beaman is a complex character and Foxx nailed
the part. He was magnificent. He played the part to perfection and out
shined the great Al Pacino. The supporting cast was also incredible
with great performances from Cameron Diaz, LL Cool J, James Woods, and
surprisingly John C. McGinley. It is very rare to find a great dramatic
football movie but this is definitely one those small few.
Overall, this is one of the greatest sports movies of all time and it
is highly enjoyable for adult audiences.
I highly recommend this movie.
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