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
Vince Papale played three seasons for the Eagles and was the Special Teams Captain in 1978. See more »
An obvious screw-up, the handwriting on the disparaging note from Vince Papale's first wife who left him high and dry exactly matches the handwriting on the 3" X 5" note card left with the box from the Janet Cantwell character delivered to Vince's training-camp room. The same hand wrote both notes. See more »
What was it that you used to say to your kids at Hillsdale High? That character is tested when you're up against it?
And that's not the problem here. He's got plenty of character.
Who said I was talking about him?
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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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