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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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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?


The character Jack Rose is loosely based on sports radio talk show host Jim Rome, who was attacked by quarterback Jim Everett and "talks smack". See more »


When Willie is talking to his mother on the phone after his first game and they show a reply of him throwing up on TV - it shows the score as 21-17 Miami. However, when Beamen enters the game, the opponent had already scored it's defensive touchdown to make it 24-21. See more »


Patrick 'Madman' Kelly: Honey, will you put the kids to bed?
Madman's wife: Why can't we hire a maid?
Patrick 'Madman' Kelly: Why did I ever get married?
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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 »


Referenced in Beef 4 (2007) See more »


Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson Jr.) and Marvin Tarplin
Performed by Smokey Robinson
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One of the best of the year
27 December 1999 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

I don't intend to add to the many positive comments about this movie. I agree with them. But from another perspective:

First, I have never been a football fan. However, any movie that combines Oliver Stone and Al Pacino has to get my interests. I loved it.

One thing that did impress me more than anything else was the quality of the sound design. The 3 dimensional noises in the huddle, on the line, from the grandstands; the growls and other sounds from the players; these things made the movie live and my blood boil. I was breathless.

Then these things interspersed with dead silences and slow motion dreamlike sequences gave the action a spiritual quality.

I stayed for the credits to see who had done this sound work and I think Wylie Stateman will get, at the very least, an Oscar nomination for sound design. If you ever wondered what this credit meant, see this movie and you will know. This movie would have lost a great deal of its punch without that sound designer's talent.

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