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Paper Lion (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 14 October 1968 (USA)
Sportswriter George Plimpton poses as a rookie quarterback for the Detroit Lions for a "Sports Illustrated" article.

Director:

Alex March

Writers:

George Plimpton (book), Lawrence Roman
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... George Plimpton
Lauren Hutton ... Kate
Joe Schmidt Joe Schmidt ... Joe Schmidt
Alex Karras ... Alex Karras
John Gordy John Gordy ... John Gordy
Mike Lucci Mike Lucci ... Mike Lucci
Pat Studstill Pat Studstill ... Pat Studstill
Bill McPeak Bill McPeak ... Bill McPeak
Jim Martin Jim Martin ... Jim Martin
Jim David Jim David ... Jim David
Chuck Knox Chuck Knox ... Charles Knox (as Charles Knox)
John North John North ... John North
Carl Brettschneider Carl Brettschneider ... Carl Brettschneider
Roger Brown Roger Brown ... Roger Brown
Lem Barney Lem Barney ... Lem Barney
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Storyline

George Plimpton wants to write a story for Sports Illustrated on what it is like to be a quarterback for an NFL team. No one is willing to allow a klutzy amateur to go on the field for fear he'll kill himself. After several teams turn him down, Plimpton got the Detroit Lions to let him go to training camp. He tries to keep his true identity a secret from the real players. This is based on a true incident and many of the players play themselves in the movie. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The Paper Lion is About to Get Creamed

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Approved

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Trivia

This movie was filmed at saint Andrews school See more »

Goofs

After George enters the game and the team is penalized for Delay of Game, the referee is shown winding the clock. The clock is not started after a Delay penalty. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Lombardi: You know, George, we carry four quarterbacks now. And to ask us to carry five, I think would be a real headache. I just don't think it will work.
[Shows George the door]
Vincent Lombardi: Have you tried the AFL?
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer from the opening credits: "This film is an amiable fiction based on the book 'Paper Lion' by George Plimpton and is not intended to be a literal depiction of its author." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Deuce: My Name Is Ruby (2017) See more »

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Enjoyable Fun for All Ages and Athletic Abilities!
9 July 2005 | by lrathomeSee all my reviews

Enjoyable feel-good film for everybody-- whether you're a quarterback or an armchair quarterback. Based on the true account of George Plimpton at Detroit Lions training camp. Looks at the dream of a weekend athlete and the camaraderie of team sport. The nostalgia of the sixties comes through well. Alan Alda does a fine job as do all the pros, giving the necessary realism. Plimpton does a good job standing in for fans and giving all of us a taste of the big time. At first he tries for a meaningful experience;later he strives to earn respect as he realizes the challenges these men face in professional sports. All backyard athletes dream of the sensation of competing at the highest level. Plimpton and Alda show how it feels behind the scenes in this engaging and entertaining film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paper Lion See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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