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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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Unique and Engrossing College Football and Cultural Documentary
30 March 2009 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Saw this at T.I.F.F. last year. It takes about 20 minutes to get rolling as you become familiarized with the 'cast'. Surprisingly Tommy Jones is well down the list of interesting interviews. The context of the times and the great archive footage make this a must see for any football fan or for the Doonesbury culture of Ivy League academia. The quotes from the ex-players are often very funny. Director Rafferty was at the actual game but unlike his father and grandfather, not a Harvard football player. The director managed to get most of the key players in the game. Unfortunately Calvin Hill, the only black player on Harvard and perhaps the most successful in the NFL of those playing in that game declined to be interviewed. Still, this film is very entertaining, captivating and suspenseful (despite knowing the final score) with the final minutes of the game providing a fitting climax to the film.

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