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Invincible (2006)

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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One man's impossible dream... became his biggest triumph! See more »

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

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25 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Who's Nuts Invincible  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

Mark Wahlberg is much shorter than the real Vince Papale. Vince Papale is 6 foot 2, while Wahlberg is 5 foot 9. See more »

Quotes

Janet Cantrell: Hey, I grew up with five brothers, but I have no problem hitting a girl.
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.38 (2015) See more »

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Written and Performed by Ellis Hall
Courtesy of Ear-Say Productions
By Arrangement with MS-Pro & Uprising Ent.
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Such a great film
4 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I gave this film a 10 rating which is highly unusual for me. But, upon reflection, I could find NOTHING wrong with it. The actors are perfectly cast. The musical score is great at transporting you back to the day. The scripting is wonderfully low-key and seemingly true to life. There is no overwhelming sentimentality, yet there is also no unnecessary violence or foul language. In short, it's perfect.

Wahlberg can consider this one of his shining moments. As can the rest of the cast. I'm not even a football fan. But, after reading strong reviews, especially about Wahlberg's performance, I took a chance and went. On my "Mom's night out." I was thinking "If this stinks, then I've wasted a night that won't come around for another week or two." I came home and told my husband "Honey, we've got to see this football film together." He looked at me as though I'd lost my mind. If they made more sports films like this one, then I'd go. I'll be buying the DVD. For the whole family.


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