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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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?


A common misconception is that the film is missing a primary character, specifically Philadelphia Eagles veteran QB #7 Ron Jaworski. But Jaworski was still on the Los Angeles Rams during this time frame. Jaworski was not traded to the Eagles until March of 1977. See more »


The Eagles fans are seen sitting in bleacher-style seats during the Eagles' games. Veterans Stadium did not have bleacher style seating for football. See more »


Tommy: Even if you're down there for an hour, you're down there.
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.38 (2015) See more »


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Written by Joe Walsh (as Joseph Walsh), Dale Peters, Jim Fox
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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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