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Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

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In the sumer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He's been working as a supply 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 garykmcd

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Dreams are not lived on the sidelines See more »

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Rated PG for sports action and some mild language | See all certifications »

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25 August 2006 (USA)  »

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Who's Nuts Invincible  »

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$17,031,122 (USA) (25 August 2006)

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$33,924 (New Zealand) (24 November 2006)
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Trivia

In 1976 the words to the Eagles fighting song really were "Fight, Eagles, Fight". See more »

Goofs

While the film accurately points out that Vince Papale never played college football, it omits the fact that Papale played professional football in the World Football League with the Philadelphia Bell before joining the Eagles. See more »

Quotes

Carol Vermeil: [referring to Philadelphia Eagles] These are the toughest fans there are. They threw snowballs at Santa Claus.
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Connections

References Zorro (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Funk No. 49
Written by Joe Walsh (as Joseph Walsh), Dale Peters, Jim Fox
Performed by James Gang (as The James Gang)
Courtesy of The Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One of the best stories of the year
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was very pleasantly surprised as to how good this movie was. I haven't seen a movie this good all year. It is a great story not only about Vince Papale but also Dick Vermeil's first season as coach in Philly. Growing up in South Jersey and seeing many Eagles games as a kid, Disney did an excellent job making you feel like you were in Veteran's Stadium in the mid-70's. The stadium announcer even sounded identical to the one at the old Vet. This is a story line every bit as good as Rudy and in my opinion, better. The shots of the city of Philadelphia are good. You will not be disappointed by this one! I went into the movie thinking that I wouldn't hate it but I wouldn't love it either, but I was wrong, it was much better than I would have thought. And it is extra special for an Eagles fan, but great for all football fans.


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