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The Replacements (2000)

 -  Comedy | Sport  -  11 August 2000 (USA)
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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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Throw the ball. Catch the girl. Keep it simple. See more »

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Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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11 August 2000 (USA)  »

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The Replacements  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

ESP 213,762,229 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

Though the film is not supposed to be connected to the actual 1987 NFLPA strike, there are some similarities between the film depiction of the Washington team, and the actual Redskin team:
  • 1. The teams played by the Washington in the film mirror the teams the Redskins played during the 1987 scab games (including a Dallas team where all the regular starters crossed the picket line and returned).
  • 2. Shane Falco wears the number 16. Redskins replacement quarterback Edd Ruppert (who played college ball at Louisville) wore that number. Ruppert actually managed to last three seasons as the Redskins third string QB.
  • 3. The Redskins did have a player named Tony Robinson, who had just been released from prison prior to making the replacement team. The film depiction features a player who's on work release to play for the team.
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Goofs

In the Phoenix game before the game-winning touchdown, Washington is shown on the goal-line in one shot when they are actually out around the 20 or 30 yd. line. See more »

Quotes

Nigel 'The Leg' Gruff: I'm wiry.
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Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'The Replacements' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Olé Olé Olé - We Are The Champions
Written by Jean Deja & Armath
Performed by DJ Ostkurve & Soccer DJ
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User Reviews

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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