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

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22 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$75,530,832 (USA) (24 March 2000)
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Trivia

Tom Arnold was originally cast but had to pull out. See more »

Goofs

In the last game, Julian Washington #33 approaches the referee from the right side without his helmet, but in the next shot he's coming from the left side with his helmet on. The helmet appears and disappears in the subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Willie 'Alien' Beamen: Maybe it's not racism. Maybe it's just placism. A brother needs to know his place.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 22 January 2008 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

WHATEVER IT TAKES
Written by P.O.D. and Tony McAnaney
Produced by Tony McAnaney
Performed by P.O.D.
Courtesy of ATLANTIC RECORDING CORP.
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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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