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Leatherheads (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 April 2008 (USA)
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In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.


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Princeton Reporter (as David DeVries)
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Toledo Referee
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A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America's nascent pro-football league in 1925. Dodge Connolly, a charming, brash football hero, is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country's attention. Welcome to the team Carter Rutherford, America's favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in WWI, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new champ is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton aims to prove that's the case. A cub journalist playing in the big leagues, Lexie is a spitfire newswoman who suspects there are holes in Carter's war story. But while she digs, the two teammates start to become serious off-field rivals ... Written by Orange

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,682,595, 6 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,199,215, 1 June 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script was written back in 1993. The writers brought it to the attention of Steven Soderbergh who then took it to the then president of production at Universal Pictures, Casey Silver. It went into script limbo after Silver left the studio to become an independent producer. Soderbergh then came back and brought George Clooney along to make the film. See more »


Lexie reports that Duluth has beaten a woeful Pottsville team. However, the 1925 Pottsville Maroons only lost two games that season, to Frankford and Providence, on their way to beating Chicago in the League Championship. Nonetheless, the movie is a fictional story, as this movie is a fiction and need not adhere to historical match records. See more »


C.C. Frazier: You've created quite a stir, Lexie.
Lexie Littleton: I'm just getting started.
C.C. Frazier: You know, there are many qualities I admire about you, not the least of which is intelligence. If you print that story, I will have your job.
Lexie Littleton: You wouldn't be good at it.
C.C. Frazier: You're quick, too.
Lexie Littleton: And I've got great legs.
C.C. Frazier: First thing I noticed.
Lexie Littleton: The story runs tomorrow.
C.C. Frazier: [Nods] See you tomorrow, Lexie.
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Really enjoyable, with genuine laughs
19 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Leatherheads is a highly enjoyable movie, full of period-era sets and language that throws you back into the days during World War II- though it doesn't completely set you back in that day, as George Clooney and John Krasinski still act in a way that tries to be throwback, but remains modern.

With that said, there are plenty of enjoyable laughs in this movie, with a decent mix of football action and an intriguing romantic triangle. Perhaps there could have been a little more football, but at its expense came plenty of laughs and really good scenes between Clooney-Krasinski, Clooney-Renee Zellwinger, and Krasinski-Zellwinger.

It's interesting to see how professional football, and professional sports in general, were treated back in the days when other professions paid more. The 40's-style music sets the audience back into that period, if to a fault.

All of the actors really bring a good game to this movie, which surprised me in that it wasn't as much about football as I expected, but about the falsities of supposed war heroes, heroes that a country needed to believe in at that time (and still does).

I recommended this movie, co-written by acclaimed Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly for both fans of sports history, and for those looking for good laughs that throws you back into an earlier day.

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