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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bőrfejek  »

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Box Office


$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,682,595 (USA) (4 April 2008)


$31,199,215 (USA) (30 May 2008)

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Did You Know?


George Clooney watched many old Screwball-comedies in preparation for this movie. 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 »


Carter Rutherford: I thought you liked me.
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Look, she's too old for you.
Lexie Littleton: What? Well, you're too old for *me*!
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Well, you got me on that one.
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Crazy Credits

Photographs showing the 'fates' of the main characters appear behind the credits. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 5 April 2008 (2008) See more »


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Written by Fletcher Henderson, Abel Green, Jo Trent
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Well done.
4 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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