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Invincible (2006)

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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 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 garykmcd

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In 1976, a 30-year-old bartender, who played only one year of high school football, tried to become the NFL's most unlikely rookie. See more »


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Who's Nuts Invincible  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$57,789,574 (USA) (10 November 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 final game of the movie, when the Giants play the Eagles, Vince Papale is knocked out of bounds on one of the special teams play. As he gets up, the shoulder cap of his pads are sticking out of his jersey. Those are shoulder pads currently used today by modern players and did not exist back then. See more »


Frank Papale: You know how I used to tell you about Van Buren scoring that touchdown back in '48?
Frank Papale: Yeah, I know.
[waving hands]
Frank Papale: I know. That touchdown got me through 30 years at that factory. Got me through all those times your mother being sick. When I told you not to get your hopes up... didn't mean that I wasn't.
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Referenced in Tosh.0: The Oscars Spoiler Alerts (2013) See more »


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Written and Performed by Ryan Franks, Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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Support the underdog, after the movie you will smile!
25 August 2006 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

After just seeing "Invincible" I must say thumbs up! Way to go that finally after 30 years this true story is brought to the big screen. Call me bias or partial because I'm an Eagles fan, but the story of any underdog making an NFL team makes you happy. 30 year old bartender and part-time school teacher Vince Papale who finds life a struggle from his wife leaving him, to problems paying his bills he finds only one hope that is to escape thru his love and passion for the Eagles. Papale a season ticket holder and sandlot football star decides to give himself a shot at a better life in 1976 when newly hired coach Dick Vermil decides to hold open tryouts. Papale has the odds stacked against him, but thru his will and determination to make it, because no one ever expected him to do anything he prevails! Papale lands a roster spot as a special teams player a blue-collar guy doing blue collar work on the field. The scenes and background of this movie, especially the way Veterans Stadium is shown is sketchy and unbelievable, but the story is true and touching. Vince Papale played for the Eagles for three seasons, well acted and done by Mark Wahlberg who showed enthusiasm with this role. Also Greg Kinnear is great as legendary head coach Dick Vermeil, overall a great movie of an underdog that leaves you smiling at the end. I hope more real-life NFL movies are made about players, because "Invincible" sets the standard.

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