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Any Given Sunday (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  22 December 1999 (USA)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Pagniacci
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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 Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some nudity/sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gridiron  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,584,625 (USA) (24 December 1999)


£1,036,320 (UK) (14 April 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Warner Bros. favorite, Clint Eastwood was sought after for Al Pacino's role early on. However, he also wanted to direct the picture, but the studio declined. See more »


The Sharks wear home uniforms, even when they are on the road. The home team is allowed to choose which jersey to wear (though it's admittedly unusual to wear the white "away" uniforms at home). See more »


Christina Pagniacci: (Speaking to Tony) Why the hell do you think my father put me in charge you bullheaded moron!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see D'Amato accepting an award and telling of his future plans with the league. See more »


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One of the best sports movies ever made.
4 January 2001 | by (Bedfordshire,England) – See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that i dont like or even understand american football and i personally think it does not come close to soccer but with this film it did not matter a jot. Oliver Stone had directed a film here that crosses all bounderies. You dont have to like the sport or understand it to appreciate how brilliant this film is. It is shot so well ,it makes you fell you are in the game and as for the soundtrack well that just adds to a mesmerising showpiece. Stars such as Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid,James Woods and Cameron Diaz star but for me the real Star of this film is James Foxx who plays the Quaterback who begins to believe his own hype but ultimately understands that it the team that matters. One of the test of a good film is that if you start to look at the clock throughout the film is usually means its not good , this film lasted 2 and a half hours and i never looked at the time. Brilliant. 9 out of 10.

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