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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.


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





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]


USA | Germany


English | German

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bőrfejek See more »

Filming Locations:

Anderson, South Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Clooney watched many old Screwball-comedies in preparation for this movie. See more »


Some characters talked about their roles in an actually last war. They kept talking about of the "World War I" instead of the "Great War" in 1925. See more »


Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: So you flying solo, or is the Bullet casting about?
Lexie Littleton: What do you care? You're here to entertain Miss Nipplewidth.
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: It wouldn't look good for you to get caught in a place like this.
Lexie Littleton: I dare say it wouldn't look good for *anyone* to be caught in a place like this.
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Crazy Credits

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


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


There's A Long Long Trail
Written by Zo Elliott (as Alonzo Elliott), Stoddard King
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User Reviews

Never goes anywhere
12 April 2008 | by C-YounkinSee all my reviews

"Leatherheads" is a producers dream. On the one hand you have a story about the early stage of Pro-football to attract the guys and on the other you have one of those playful 1920's romances where the characters do and say witty things, which I'm going to assume women dig. So the movie contains all the right ingredients. All that needs to happen now is the parts need to show up on the screen, but oddly enough, the movie underwhelms in both regards.

It starts out fairly well, mocking the early pro-football setup before agents, advertisers, and John Madden took over. The most memorable shot in the entire movie is a cow watching from the sidelines as a rag-tag group of men run back and forth chasing a little ball (and you only get one ball per game). Dodge Connolly (George Clooney) is the leader of these men, the Duluth Bulldog football team. He's an old man, his glory days behind him but he stays in it because, like most of the other men on the team, these guys don't really have a lot of options and pro-football pays them almost in scrap.

The team is running out of money however, forcing Dodge to come up with a plan to put asses in the seats or else it's over. Enter Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski, The Office), a war hero and football star at Princeton whom Dodge pays a hefty sum of money to bring on to the Bulldogs. His star brings glamor and success to the franchise, but along with all that, he also brings Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger), a Chicago Tribune reporter trying to find out the real scoop on his so-called World War 1 heroism record.

As a director, Clooney brings a fun, airy tone to the movie, which almost makes up for the screenplay's near complete lack of jokes. And as an actor, he does well in the role of charming clown and Zellweger supports him nicely with a spirited and quick-witted performance. The screenplay on the other hand doesn't really work at all. There was a point half-way through where I just sat back and realized this movie really wasn't going anywhere. The story tries to shoehorn in a romance, a football movie, a movie about rules, a movie about the celebrity culture of the game, a lot of old-fashioned 1920's verbal sparring, and a war story that may or may not be true into the same screenplay. There are a lot of ideas here and really that's all they seem to be. Nothing really feels fleshed out.

After a promising start, the football scenes are few and far between, until we get to the ending where you'll see one of the most uninteresting and labored football games ever committed to film. And the romance never quite connects. I don't know if it's because the movie feels so PG or if it's because there is all this other stuff constantly in its way but the movie stifles itself and unfortunately after a certain point, it never recovers despite its star's best efforts.

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