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Leatherheads (2008)

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In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.

Director:

George Clooney
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Krasinski ... Carter Rutherford
David de Vries ... Princeton Reporter (as David DeVries)
Rick Forrester ... Princeton Reporter
Craig S. Harper Craig S. Harper ... Princeton Reporter (as Craig Harper)
George Clooney ... Dodge Connelly
Malcolm Goodwin ... Bakes
Matt Bushell ... Curly
Tommy Hinkley ... Hardleg
Tim Griffin ... Ralph
Robert Baker ... Stump
Nick Paonessa Nick Paonessa ... Zoom
Lance Barber ... Toledo Referee
Wayne Duvall ... Coach Ferguson
Nicholas Bourdages Nicholas Bourdages ... Bug
Jason Drago Jason Drago ... Toledo Player
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Storyline

A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America's nascent pro-football league in 1925. Dodge Connolly, a charming, brash football hero, is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country's attention. Welcome to the team Carter Rutherford, America's favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in WWI, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new champ is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton aims to prove that's the case. A cub journalist playing in the big leagues, Lexie is a spitfire newswoman who suspects there are holes in Carter's war story. But while she digs, the two teammates start to become serious off-field rivals ... Written by Orange

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Taglines:

In the beginning, the rules were simple. There weren't any. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bőrfejek See more »

Filming Locations:

Anderson, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,682,595, 6 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,199,215, 1 June 2008
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The motorcycle that George Clooney rides is not a vintage motorcycle, but rather a custom-built electric-powered replica of a 1918 Indian motorcycle. See more »

Goofs

During their fist fight on the football field, Dodge and Carter trade a good number of punches to the face each, yet after the fight, neither has a mark on his face. See more »

Quotes

Lexie Littleton: [Dodge smirking down at Lexie while laying in the top bunk in her room] What?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: I think I will sleep up here tonight.
Lexie Littleton: Oh, you most certainly will not!
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Really?
[Mimes talking on a phone]
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: "Believe me, Harvey. By the end of the week, that kid will cook his own goose."
Lexie Littleton: [Her eyes widen] You were spying?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: I was observing.
Lexie Littleton: So you want to play dirty, huh?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Maybe later, I'm a little tired right now.
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Crazy Credits

Photographs showing the 'fates' of the main characters appear behind the credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in American Dad!: The Magnificent Steven (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man I Love
Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Performed by Ledisi Young
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Well done.
4 April 2008 | by rearkellSee all my reviews

Reading some of the other reviews, maybe people thought this was supposed to be a heavy movie? If so, lighten up. This was (and was supposed to be) a light-hearted movie. And it was pulled off very well. Acting by Clooney, Zellweger, and others captured the spirit of the era, including humor, dress, and scenery.

The plot was not deep but flowed well. Clooney's character, Dodge Connelly, heads up a team in Duluth, and picks up a star college player. Eventually, they end up in Chicago, with Connelly on one side of the ball and the college star on the other. The birth of the modern professional football is woven into the plot. Clooney's age, 46, a bit old for a football player, was not covered up with make-up, but integrated into his character. I think that, in the movie, he was 40 to 45 years old. Zellgeger, as Lexie Littleton, a newspaper reporter who has to find the truth behind the college star's heroic war record, played her part very well too.

Very good directing by Clooney. You definitely felt like you were back in the 20's. Not overdone or underdone. One of those movies you walk out at the end glad that you went.


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