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
The summer training camp scenes were filmed at Central High School in North Philadelphia. The surrounding buildings and field were fixed up to give the appearance of the Eagles real training camp location in 1976, Widener University. See more »
Towards the end, after Vince Papale scores the touchdown he is shown in close-up with a big grin on his face. It is quite clear that he is not wearing his mouthguard even though it was there just seconds before. See more »
Annoying they took so many liberties with the truth
Vince Papale was a SUBSTITUTE teacher at my high school (and his), which is not, and has never been, in South Philadelphia. South Philly has had many famous people come from it; my town has one: Vince Papale. Was it so hard to give us that? They gloss over his pre-Eagles life, but I guess it couldn't be an inspirational feel-good movie if they had stuck to the truth, i.e. he came from the suburbs, he had a career as a professional football player before he played for the Eagles, etc.
But part of the appeal is that it's supposed to be "true to life." With this many liberties with the truth, I can't suspend my disbelief enough to get into this movie.
They managed to snip everything that was interesting to me and turn it into another clichéd "underdog struggles against odds to become accomplished person." Nice, but not particularly novel and using the truth might have made for a more complex and nuanced story.
Well, they did the same thing with REMEMBER THE TITANS, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But we're seen the movie before, so if you liked RUDY or movies like that, this is pretty much the same thing. OK if you want the same old, same old.
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