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Footsteps (1972)

A football coach is hired by a small college to shape up its football team, and he finds himself in trouble with local gamblers who don't want the team to improve.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Hamilton Maule (novel), Alvin Sargent | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Crenna ... Paddy O'Connor
Joanna Pettet ... Sarah Allison
Forrest Tucker ... Bradford Emmons
Clu Gulager ... Jonas Kane
Ned Beatty ... Frank Powell
Mary Murphy ... Martha Hagger
Beah Richards ... Jessie Blake
Bill Overton Bill Overton ... J.J. Blake
Allen Garfield ... Brewster
Al Lettieri ... Zimmerman
Robert Carradine ... Gas Station Attendant
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Meat Inspector
James Woods ... Reporter
Jack Colvin ... Crowther
Jennifer Lee Pryor ... Doreen (as Jennifer Lee)
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A football coach is hired by a small college to shape up its football team, and he finds himself in trouble with local gamblers who don't want the team to improve. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Win! At any cost.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Footsteps: Nice Guys Finish Last See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Superb portrayal of the reality of College football.
27 September 2012 | by coop-16See all my reviews

I last saw this when I was 14 years old and have still not forgotten it. Five years after he proved he was a superb dramatic actor by starring in the only good TV show about state and local politics, Richard Crenna played a far less likable character than Jim Slattery in this powerful, unblinking look at the cost of College football glory. The cast of this great film included Clu Gallagher, Joanna Pettet,Ned Beatty and Forrest Tucker.Clu Gallager plays the "Footsteps of the title, a mediocre Football coach (and mediocre human being) who needs his old enemy, the ruthless, win at all costs- and brilliant- Richard Crenna to turn his 2 and 8 team into a winner. Forrest Tucker plays an thoroughly sleazy millionaire booster. Needless to say, like the Television show I alluded to earlier, it is NOT available on DVD, and is never likely to be. well, Human stupidity remains as infinite as the Universe itself.


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