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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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I don't know how the person in front of me is writing a bad review on this. This movie was hilarious and entertaining. I'm a football lover and even i wasn't excited about seeing this, until i saw how amazingly entertaining all of the characters are. You really get to see inside the minds of these players, and what it was like to be part of such a great game. The players are all very entertaining, (except Tommy Lee Jones) and some of them you love, some of them you hate. Great movie, great story, a great time. These players are funny, and quick to make fun of themselves and each other. I don't know how anyone could not love it. Maybe not great for girls, but anyone else is going to love it.

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