When a devastating hit knocks a professional football legend and quarterback Cap Rooney out of the game, a young, unknown third-stringer is called in to replace him. Having ridden the bench for years because of a string of bad luck stories and perhaps insufficient character, Willie Beaman seizes what may be his last chance, and lights up the field with a raw display of athletic prowess. His stunning performance over several games is so outstanding and fresh it seems to augur a new era in the history of this Miami franchise, and forces aging coach Tony D'Amato to reevaluate his time-tested values and strategies and begin to confront the fact that the game, as well as post-modern life may be passing him by. Adding to the pressure on D'Amato to win at any cost is the aggressive young President/Co-owner of the team, Christina Pagniacci, now coming into her own after her father's death. Christina's driving desire to prove herself in a male dominated world is intensified by her focus on the...Written by
In the final game when Cap runs for a touchdown and gets up dazed, the television shots showing him slowly exiting the field shows that the sharks have already made the extra point, even though Cap has not yet made it off the field so it would not yet have been possible to kick the extra point. See more »
Dr. Harvey Mandrake:
[criticizing the young Dr. Ollie Powers for presuming to examine Jack 'Cap' Rooney]
You're actually one of the few relatives that I can stomach, but - You're the internist; I'm the orthopedist, remember? Bone, muscle, joint: me; runny nose, diarrhea, gonorrhea, pink eye: you. Got it?
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During the end credits, we see D'Amato accepting an award and telling of his future plans with the league. See more »
Although billed as the "Director's Cut" and boasting 6 minutes of added footage, the U.S. DVD version is actually shorter than the U.S. theatrical release, which ran 162 minutes. Even with the added footage, home video versions run a mere 157 minutes. Among scenes/shots cut from the DVD incarnation...
Some locker room footage during halftime of the first game.
A voiceover phone call between Cindy and Christina following the first game is re-cut.
Tony's drunken barroom speech about giving everything for his players, prominently featured in the trailer, is entirely removed.
The second game is re-cut.
Game 3 begins with a Kid Rock song in the theatrical version. The DVD opens game 3 with a Black Sabbath song, and the game is heavily edited, with much of the football action rearranged or cut entirely.
A beach football game between the players and bikini-clad beauties is trimmed.
A brief bit in which Rooney antagonizes Willie during practice is cut.
The final game is slightly re-edited, with a new scene of a player losing an eye added, as well as more footage of Caps's comeback montage, but other plays are cut in slightly different ways.
I don't intend to add to the many positive comments about this movie. I agree with them. But from another perspective:
First, I have never been a football fan. However, any movie that combines Oliver Stone and Al Pacino has to get my interests. I loved it.
One thing that did impress me more than anything else was the quality of the sound design. The 3 dimensional noises in the huddle, on the line, from the grandstands; the growls and other sounds from the players; these things made the movie live and my blood boil. I was breathless.
Then these things interspersed with dead silences and slow motion dreamlike sequences gave the action a spiritual quality.
I stayed for the credits to see who had done this sound work and I think Wylie Stateman will get, at the very least, an Oscar nomination for sound design. If you ever wondered what this credit meant, see this movie and you will know. This movie would have lost a great deal of its punch without that sound designer's talent.
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