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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 <>

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19 November 2008 (USA)  »

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


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

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The Harvard team included actor Tommy Lee Jones (who reminisces about his roommate Al Gore in the film), while Yale's star quarterback Brian Dowling became the inspiration for B.D., the jock character in Garry Trudeau's Doonsbury comic strip. See more »


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I'm rooting for both teams
22 March 2011 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I'm not interested in football, so I expected to be bored by this film. Moreover, 1968 was a year of spectacular events world wide, from human cultural evolution to political revolution, so why should some football game between two private elitist universities matter? But wow! -- what a riveting and unforgettable story! The story of the game is recalled by the players on both sides -- many of whom are highly articulate, interesting characters to watch. We get the "7-Up" effect (only the age jumps between, say, 21 and 56) where we can see in the older men the same distinct personality and character of the young men they are remembering. For example, we see Brian Dowling, the demigod-like undefeated Yale QB, remind the audience, with visible irritation, that the 29-29 game was not a defeat but a tie -- he's still attached to his undefeated status all those years later. It's hard to describe why the story of this one football game feels so archetypal and earth-shattering. I felt like I'd just seen a remake of the Trojan War, or something on that epic and mythic scale, where the warrior heroes are reflecting back on battlefield highlights. No exaggeration.

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