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
Nigel Gruff kicked a 65 yard field goal to win one of the games. The NFL record for longest field goal at the time this film was made was 63 yards (Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos kicked a 64-yarder in 2013), so Gruff's kick would have set - and would still be - a league record. See more »
In the scene where McGruff kicks the 65 yard field goal ("Put me in boss-I'm bored", and "smoking on the field") we see all or part of the same clip of McGruff smoking four times. The clip involves him taking the cigarette out of his mouth, and blowing a cloud of smoke. (We see it first over the tail end of John Madden's voice-over. Then, the loan sharks (watching on TV) see it again. Then, we see a small section from the end of the same clip ("live"), and finally, we see an almost complete replay of the same clip. Finally after that, McGruff flicks the cigarette butt away, and play continues.) See more »
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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