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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 »


Biography | Drama | Sport

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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

Opening Weekend:

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


$33,924 (New Zealand) (24 November 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In November of 2002, NFL Films showed Vince Papale's story on ESPN during Monday Night Football. It was part of a special to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the boxing movie Rocky (1976). The four minute piece about Vince captured the attention of Hollywood, and soon a film was in the works. See more »


During the game against Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium the super bowl banners from the early 1990s are visible. See more »


Janet Cantrell: Hey, I grew up with five brothers, but I have no problem hitting a girl.
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References Zorro (1957) See more »


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Support the underdog, after the movie you will smile!
25 August 2006 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

After just seeing "Invincible" I must say thumbs up! Way to go that finally after 30 years this true story is brought to the big screen. Call me bias or partial because I'm an Eagles fan, but the story of any underdog making an NFL team makes you happy. 30 year old bartender and part-time school teacher Vince Papale who finds life a struggle from his wife leaving him, to problems paying his bills he finds only one hope that is to escape thru his love and passion for the Eagles. Papale a season ticket holder and sandlot football star decides to give himself a shot at a better life in 1976 when newly hired coach Dick Vermil decides to hold open tryouts. Papale has the odds stacked against him, but thru his will and determination to make it, because no one ever expected him to do anything he prevails! Papale lands a roster spot as a special teams player a blue-collar guy doing blue collar work on the field. The scenes and background of this movie, especially the way Veterans Stadium is shown is sketchy and unbelievable, but the story is true and touching. Vince Papale played for the Eagles for three seasons, well acted and done by Mark Wahlberg who showed enthusiasm with this role. Also Greg Kinnear is great as legendary head coach Dick Vermeil, overall a great movie of an underdog that leaves you smiling at the end. I hope more real-life NFL movies are made about players, because "Invincible" sets the standard.

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