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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.

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Pat Studstill ...
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Bill McPeak
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Carl Brettschneider
Roger Brown ...
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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

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After Coach Lombardi turns him down, he suggest that Plimpton should try the AFL. At the time the movie was filmed, the National Football League and American Football League were bitter rivals. This was before the AFL became part of the NFL. See more »

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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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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 »

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

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A "documentary" style comedy about training a Quarterback.
3 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Bestselling writer George Plimpton(Alan Alda)takes on an assignment for Sports Illustrated. He is to go incognito to the Detroit Lions training camp and try out for a position as third string Quarterback. He is quickly found out by the team members featuring Alex Karras and Mike Lucci. The entire team finds it amusing to cause stumbling blocks in the writer's determination to Quarterback for a series in a real game.

This movie is Alda's debut and also helped Karras leave the gridiron for acting. Besides the 1968 Detroit Lions, the cast also includes "Sugar Ray" Robinson, Roy Schieder and Lauren Hutton.

Alex March directs this story based on Plimton's book.


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