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Leatherheads (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 April 2008 (USA)
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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.

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George Clooney
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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 Connelly (George Clooney), 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 (John Krasinski), America's favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in The Great War, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new champ is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton (Renée Zellweger) 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,... Written by Orange

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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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Trivia

Carter Rutherford was loosely based on real-life football star Harold "Red" Grange. His agent in this movie, C.C. Frazier, was based on his real-life agent, C.C. Pyle. See more »

Goofs

The job placement worker asks Dodge if he learned a trade while he served in the war, then rhetorically asks how has he earned a living in the last 20 years without a marketable skill. The war ended 7 years before the story takes place. See more »

Quotes

Carter Rutherford: Wait. Where were you two?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Out.
Lexie Littleton: Nowhere.
Carter Rutherford: Did you *kiss* her?
Lexie Littleton: Now wait a minute.
Carter Rutherford: I want answers!
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Yeah, I kissed her! On the mouth, twice! And I liked it. A lot!
Carter Rutherford: Oh you did, did you?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Yeah!
Lexie Littleton: Thanks.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Deadlands 2: Trapped (2008) See more »

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Tiger Rag
Written by Harry Da Costa, Henry Ragas, Nick LaRocca (as D.J. La Rocca),
Larry Shields (as L. Shields), Tony Sbarbaro (as A. Sbarbaro), Edwin B. Edwards (as E.B. Edwards)
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I tried SO hard to like it, but could not....
3 April 2008 | by xemxijaSee all my reviews

I saw an advance screening of Leatherheads at NYU Movies101 last night.

I was so excited when it was announced that this movie was being shown.

I settled in my seat ready to enjoy another great movie that George Clooney directs and acts in.

All during the film, I thought to myself "Is it just me, or is this movie going nowhere?". I was trying SO hard to like it.

Well, it wasn't just me. I was surprised to see about ¾ of the full house of people I saw it with feel the same way, even the hosting professor.

As discussed after the screening, it had Top-Notch Scenic Design, Sound Track (by Randy Newman), Editing, Acting (Renee Zellweger was fabulous), Directing, Costumes, and Cinematography. It did not have a good story, and that is what made it fail. The script was written in the 1980's by two sports writers. Clooney has been carrying it around with him for over 2 decades. I suspect that the script was pretty much left the script alone from its origin.

The concept of the story is great, but the writing was horrible. Maybe George Clooney thought that the concept and grandeur would "carry" the film? It was disappointing to see George Clooney in a movie that did not compliment him in anyway. He does do comedy well, as he did in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". How can you act well with terrible material? George's Directing was great.


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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:

Leatherheads 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

Gross USA:

$31,373,938

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,319,039
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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