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Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008)

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On November 23, 1968, Yale and Harvard's undefeated football teams met in Cambridge, with Yale heavily favored. Contemporary interviews with 30 men who played that day mix with game footage... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Gillis ...
Himself - Sportscaster (voice)
Bruce Freeman ...
Himself - Harvard End
Ted Skowronski ...
Himself - Harvard Center
Ted Livingston ...
Himself - Yale Tackle
John Ignacio ...
Himself - Harvard Cornerback
Mike Bouscaren ...
Himself - Yale Linebacker
Frank Champi ...
Himself - Harvard Back-up Quarterback
Tom Peacock ...
Himself - Yale Tackle
J.P. Goldsmith ...
Himself - Yale Safety
George Lalich ...
Himself - Harvard Quarterback
Vic Gatto ...
Himself - Harvard Captain
Rick Frisbie ...
Himself - Harvard Cornerback
John Yovicsin ...
Himself - Harvard Coach (archive footage)
Mick Kleber ...
Himself - Yale Defensive Guard


On November 23, 1968, Yale and Harvard's undefeated football teams met in Cambridge, with Yale heavily favored. Contemporary interviews with 30 men who played that day mix with game footage (with instant replay). Led by Brian Dowling and Calvin Hill, Yale goes up 22-0. With less than one minute to play, Yale leads 29-13. For Harvard, the end is exhilarating; for Yale, supreme confidence gives way to a life lesson and to being a small part of football history. Adding context are comments about the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, Garry Trudeau's Yale cartoons, and players' friendships with George W. Bush (Yale), Al Gore (Harvard), and Meryl Streep (Vassar). Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

19 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$13,822 (USA) (21 November 2008)


$267,045 (USA) (3 July 2009)

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If you love college football, see this. If you lived through '68 see it
25 September 2009 | by (Whitechapel after dark) – See all my reviews

Pegasus3 should change their name to "Clueless1". The title of this documentary QUOTES a headline on the Harvard Crimson after this game. If Pegasus3 found this a very boring documentary, that is their prerogative, but this isn't just about football, it's much more a peek into one of the most turbulent years in American and world history. Just look at 1968: the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, the Prague Spring and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, riots on college campuses, the protests by Tommie Smith & John Carlos at the Olympics in Mexico City, 1968 was a benchmark year for youth. Sure, the comments of the players are mostly about the game, but their insights into what else was happening at the time were great, such as the Yale player who was the roommate of George W. Bush telling that he had a picture of Bush hanging off the goalposts at Princeton(for which, we find out, Bush was arrested, and BTW, talk's cheap, let's see the picture!!), and another Yale player telling & showing us that he was dating Vassar co-ed Meryl Streep at this time. We find out that Tommy Lee Jones was the roommate of Bush's opponent, Al Gore. I remember hearing about this game after it occurred, but I never knew exactly what occurred, and though the title may say "Harvard Beats Yale", I love the fact that all the players feel like winners for experiencing it. Although I can't see how something called J. Hoberman of the Village Voice could mention a piece of junk like either version of "The Longest Yard" in the same paragraph with this great little film. Of course, Hoberman is from New York, and I don't think they've played college football in New York since back before Columbia lost 29 games in a row. I love college football. I lived through 1968. I loved "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29".

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