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Invincible (2006)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  25 August 2006 (USA)
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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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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 »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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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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The climatic touchdown that Vince Papale scores against the Giants off the fumbled punt is based on a real play. The actual play can be seen during a montage in the closing credits. However, Papale was not awarded a touchdown for his effort. The referees called the play a "muff", not a fumble, and thus the ball cannot be advanced beyond the drop. See more »

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While the Eagles are losing 31-0 to the Cincinnati Bengals at the end of the 1975 season, a fan complains that the Eagles are losing to "a team should've been worse than us. When the game was played, the Bengals were 9-2 and the Eagles were 3-8. The lopsided loss should have come as a surprise to nobody, especially Eagles fans. See more »

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Carol Vermeil: What was it that you used to say to your kids at Hillsdale High? That character is tested when you're up against it?
Dick Vermeil: Yeah.
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Dick Vermeil: And that's not the problem here. He's got plenty of character.
Carol Vermeil: Who said I was talking about him?
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I Just Want to Celebrate
Written by Dino Fekaris and Nick Zesses
Performed by Rare Earth
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Quality film making from Disney
30 August 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Really enjoyed this film. Went with my almost 13 year old son who is just starting his first participation in organized football in school and I think the film really inspired him.

No the film does not focus on the Eagles professional sports organization. So if you're looking for a film that does that, you're probably going to be disappointed.

The film focuses on our hero and to a large degree his neighborhood friends and what it was like for a 30 year old bartender who only played organized football in high school and how he showed up one Saturday at an unprecedented open try out for a professional football team and how he was selected....not selected to join the team automatically.

No, he was only selected for a spot to possibly be on the team. It took a few weeks of being with the team and surviving 'cuts' until he was actually part of the team.

The fact that he did make it, against all the odds, is certainly your classic fairy tale come true.

Disney manages to show rough guys from a rough part of Philadelpia and rough professional football players realistically without ever having to utter one profanity on the screen or use gratuitous violence or vulgarity to do it. That's an accomplishment Disney should be proud of.

Honestly, as a movie buff, it's been a long time since I've gone to the movies where I was able to stay engaged throughout the running time of the movie.

The movie isn't pretentious nor does it take the easy way out in telling its story of rough blue collar characters-by employing vulgarity, overt sexuality or excessive violence.

It relies on tried and true methods like a good storyline, taking the time to establish a good foundation in the beginning of the movie, letting the audience get to know the characters involved and then when the bigger more dramatic moments come it doesn't need to rely on over the top special affects to get the audience involved.

That being said, the actual professional football game scenes are well done with just enough special affects to give the audience the feel that these actors really were on that playing field playing the game.

I really can't say enough about this movie. When all the hype fades away on other overly marketed & bigger budgeted movies, it will be a movie like this one, that you'll reach for over and over again in your personal movie library.

And while we're at it, hats off to Mark Whalberg for a sensitive, well acted portrayal.


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