An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.
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
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 Ed Ruppert (who played college ball at Louisville) wore that number. Ruppert managed to last three seasons as an Arena Football League QB at Albany.
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.
This movie was made purely for entertainment. What a breath of fresh air. With all the extremely dramatic, be it important, films being made lately (Life is Beautiful,etc), it's nice to watch a film that is just entertaining. The supporting cast was amazing, as an ensemble they worked together as a team should. And Keanu Reeves gave a wonderful performance - he is often under appreciated as an actor because he is attractive - but he gave a solid performance. Gene Hackman was good - that goes without saying, but I think this is the first time I've ever seen him portray a character I actually liked.
If you enjoy a good laugh, this a movie you would likely enjoy.
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