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North Dallas Forty (1979)

A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Phillip Elliott
... Seth Maxwell
... Coach Johnson
... Charlotte Caulder
... Jo Bob Priddy
... O. W. Shaddock
... Conrad Hunter
... B. A. Strothers
... Emmett Hunter
... Joanne Rodney (as Savannah Smith)
... Art Hartman
Guich Koock ... Eddie Rand
... Mrs. Hartman
Jim Boeke ... Stallings (as James F. Boeke)
John Bottoms ... Vip
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A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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They pay you and they pay you well. On one condition. You play the game their way, even if you're forced to break every bone in your body. [UK Theatrical] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

3 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destino de un rebelde  »

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$26,079,312
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to writer Peter Gent, the role of Seth Maxwell (played Mac Davis) was actually offered to NFL player 'Don Meredith (I)' who the character is apparently based on. See more »

Goofs

There are several lip-synch problems throughout, probably due to re-dubbing lines. See more »

Quotes

Phil Elliott: Jo Bob is here to remind us that the biggest and the baddest get to make all the rules.
Charlotte: Well I don't agree with that.
Phil Elliott: Agreeing doesn't play into it.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Replacements (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Times
Performed by Chic
Written by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers
courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Brilliant 70's football film, great fun
10 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Seen this movie a few times on TV and it is a superb football film. Nick Nolte is excellent as the gruff and rough guy with lots of problems on and off the football field. Being in the 70's makes it even better and more realistic. Made in a time when men where men and sports meant more than money, a lot more. Sex, booze, knocking heads and blood & tears is what make these players happy! Good, fun all round film with great thought put into the story especially when entering Nolte's problems with team management/owners. As we all know deep rifts and problems occur between sports players and club owners but we never get to really know the truth and what goes on in the boardroom and player meetings. This film gives us a little make look at what could or should I say happens! I enjoyed this film very much,love the music, great characters and a good story. A winner all around.


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