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
Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista were highly enamored with the production given the exponential popularity of the National Football League. The production was given a green-light secondary to the belief that Vince Papale's timeless story, like that of Notre Dame walk-on Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger or the New York Jets undrafted walk-on Wayne Chrebet, would transcend a regional demographic and be a success at the box-office in the domestic market. See more »
In the film, Vince Papale's wife is portrayed as a woman who moved to Philly from New York and was a huge Giants fan. At a recent speaking engagement in Mt. Laurel, NJ, Papale said his wife was born and raised in Philadelphia and is an enthusiastic Eagles fan. He said his wife didn't even watch the Giants' Super Bowl win last year. "My life must have been too boring for a movie so they had to make some things up," he said. See more »
See anything yet, coach?
You're not worried, are you T.J.?
Should I be?
Last year, we had one of the worst defenses in the league. Offense wasn't much better. I say everyone needs to worry. See you boys at camp.
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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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