A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.
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
Star-director George Clooney and his co-star Renée Zellweger premiered this film in Clooney's hometown of Maysville, KY on March 24th, 2008. In 1953, his aunt Rosemary Clooney had premiered a film of her own, The Stars Are Singing (1953), in the same town, though not at the same theatre. Roughly 3,000 fans attended the red carpet event while 200 VIPs were hand-selected to watch the film. An additional screening was held afterward with 100 lucky winners winning 2 tickets apiece from a raffle drawing. Clooney and Zellweger hosted the second screening as well before departing the theatre. Among the guests in attendance were former Lt. Governor of Kentucky Steve Henry and his wife, Miss America 2000, Heather French Henry. See more »
There are several key historical errors. The NFL already had a league president in 1925 (Joe Carr), and he was not appointed by Congress. Moreover, he would not have had the power to deal with the media as he does in the film. See more »
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly:
You're the kind of cocktail that comes on like sugar but gives you a kick in the head. The only thing you hate worse than a guy making a play is when a guy *doesn't* make a play.
Oh, were you making a play? I hadn't realized. It might work on my Aunt Lurleen. She's a little near-sighted.
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly:
[about his "Ladies Home Journal"]
You know, there's an article on peach canning in here that I'm dying to get back to.
Well I know you, too, Dodge Connelly. You think you're the slickest operator in Duluth, and ...
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Photographs showing the 'fates' of the main characters appear behind the credits. See more »
Reading some of the other reviews, maybe people thought this was supposed to be a heavy movie? If so, lighten up. This was (and was supposed to be) a light-hearted movie. And it was pulled off very well. Acting by Clooney, Zellweger, and others captured the spirit of the era, including humor, dress, and scenery.
The plot was not deep but flowed well. Clooney's character, Dodge Connelly, heads up a team in Duluth, and picks up a star college player. Eventually, they end up in Chicago, with Connelly on one side of the ball and the college star on the other. The birth of the modern professional football is woven into the plot. Clooney's age, 46, a bit old for a football player, was not covered up with make-up, but integrated into his character. I think that, in the movie, he was 40 to 45 years old. Zellgeger, as Lexie Littleton, a newspaper reporter who has to find the truth behind the college star's heroic war record, played her part very well too.
Very good directing by Clooney. You definitely felt like you were back in the 20's. Not overdone or underdone. One of those movies you walk out at the end glad that you went.
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