In the sumer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He's been working as a substitute teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he'll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce. He works as a bartender and plays football with his friends. When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give a try. Based on a true story.Written by
Although listed as Wide Receiver, Vince Papale played almost exclusively on Special Teams. The only reception in his career came in 1977 on a fifteen yard pass from Roman Gabriel. This would be the final pass ever thrown by Gabriel who was a four-time Pro Bowler, and the 1969 NFL Most Valuable Player. See more »
In Coach Vermeil's office, Papale puts his playbook on the desk. The coach puts his left hand on the book to push it back to Papale but when the camera changes angles, the coach uses his right hand. See more »
You know how I used to tell you about Van Buren scoring that touchdown back in '48?
Yeah, I know.
I know. That touchdown got me through 30 years at that factory. Got me through all those times your mother being sick. When I told you not to get your hopes up... didn't mean that I wasn't.
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Not just for Philadelphia Eagles fans, but for all sports fans who love a great underdog story. Watching this film, I was transported back to the gritty streets of South Philly in 1976, watching the impossible dream unfold for a guy down on his luck, but determined to change his life with his love for football -- and for his favorite team, the Eagles. Mark Wahlberg did an excellent job playing the improbable hero Vince Papale. The supporting cast is also very good, with a great turn by Elizabeth Banks, who believes in Vince's dream of making it in the NFL. It shows that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. A film for the whole family to enjoy!
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