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The Replacements (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 11 August 2000 (USA)
During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.

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A comedy based on the 1987 professional football players' strike. Gene Hackman plays the coach of the team, Jack Warden is the owner, Brett Cullen is the All-Pro quarterback that goes on strike and Keanu Reeves is the "scab" who replaces the star QB. Written by Anonymous

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Pain heals, Chicks dig scars... Glory lasts forever See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some crude sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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11 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Helden aus der zweiten Reihe  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,039,214 (USA) (11 August 2000)

Gross:

$44,737,059 (USA) (17 November 2000)
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Keanu Reeves plays a former quarterback from Ohio State. In Point Break (1991), Reeves's character was also a former quarterback from Ohio State. See more »

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The team name disappears and reappears in the end zone between shots after the final touchdown. See more »

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Jamal Jackson: [Jamal, Nigel, Andre, and Jumbo are eating at the same table, eating] What the hell is this?
Nigel 'The Leg' Gruff: Chinese spareribs.
Jumbo: You don't want 'em, get the fuck outta here.
Jamal Jackson: What I'm trying to figure out, is how did the Chinaman over here, get 700 pounds off of eating this shit?
Jumbo: I'm Japanese, not Chinese.
Jamal Jackson: It's the same difference.
Jumbo: What?
Jamal Jackson: It's the same difference. All that big...
[mimicks Japanese]
Jumbo: Nigga, please. You know Japan and China are two different countries, right?
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References Babe (1995) See more »

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Pump Up The Volume (Remix)
Written by Martyn Young and Steve Young
Performed by Marrs (as M/A/R/R/S)
Courtesy of 4AD
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Brilliant, fuzzy, feel good movie.
13 July 2002 | by (North Carolina originally England) – See all my reviews

I haven't bothered watching professional football since Joe Montana retired but this movie got me interested again. While I can appreciate the comments of other reviewers that it is a formula movie and has many inaccuracies when it comes to the football action it is pure and unadulterated fun. The bottom line is this movie is downright funny, from start to finish. The cast are absolutely wonderful and the casting director did a brilliant job of bringing this gang together. Gene Hackman of course is perfect as the coach.... "I'll pull you off the field you spoiled son of a bitch".... Rhys Ifans absolute perfection as Gruff (after a **** you remark from Jimbo) "You'll have to find your dick first Shamu", to the shoot em up bros from the hood, to "get me the ball, get me the ball" The acting was absolutely wonderful in this movie. I have to admit I didn't like the guy that played Martell but perhaps that's because I wasn't supposed to like him, perhaps it shows what a good job he did. And Keanu, dear, sweet, so maligned Keanu, I read a reviewer once who said of Keanu's acting that it is "almost transparent" and in this movie it is, he doesn't eat scenery he just does his job, low key, perfectly in character, and for those who know anything at all about acting all you have to do is watch his eyes. He has a Harrison Ford like quality of being able to express a wealth of emotions with his eyes and in this movie he pulls it off perfectly. I also read somewhere that during the making of this movie it was discovered that Keanu really did have "an arm" and at one point threw a 69 yard pass. I have seen this movie in excess of 20 times and will no doubt see it 20 more times, it is the best feel-good movie I have ever seen. When I want drama and suspense I will watch "The Green Mile" when I want simple, comedy that just leaves me with a huge grin I will watch the replacements. Oh yeah and I just want to kiss the person who put Keanu in a No. 16 uniform *S*


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