In the sumer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He's been working as a substitute teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he'll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce. He works as a bartender and plays football with his friends. When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give a try. Based on a true story. Written by
Early in the movie, after Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) is interviewed by the local sports host in front of the bar, he goes running to get in shape for Eagles training camp. If you look closely, you will notice that he runs under the El Train along Kensington Avenue. There is a green street sign above him that says "Tusculum Street". This is noteworthy, as Sylvester Stallone, in Rocky (1976), lived on the same block of Tusculum and Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia. Although supposedly set in South Philadelphia, the actual filming of Vince Papale's house and bar, was in the Kensington neighborhood. See more »
The movie was filmed on set at Texas Stadium, but the turf in the movie and the actual turf in Texas Stadium in 1976 are far different. Back then the turf was just typical AstroTurf but now it is a newer artificial grass turf as it appears in the movie. See more »
Even if you're down there for an hour, you're down there.
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Not just for Philadelphia Eagles fans, but for all sports fans who love a great underdog story. Watching this film, I was transported back to the gritty streets of South Philly in 1976, watching the impossible dream unfold for a guy down on his luck, but determined to change his life with his love for football -- and for his favorite team, the Eagles. Mark Wahlberg did an excellent job playing the improbable hero Vince Papale. The supporting cast is also very good, with a great turn by Elizabeth Banks, who believes in Vince's dream of making it in the NFL. It shows that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. A film for the whole family to enjoy!
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