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Paterno (2018)

TV-MA | | Biography, Sport | TV Movie 7 April 2018
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The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Joe Paterno
Kathy Baker ... Sue Paterno
Kenneth Maharaj ... MRI Tech
Michael Mastro ... Guido D'Elia
Joshua Morgan ... Bobby, Media Wrangler
Ross Degraw ... Sports Producer
Mitchell L. Mack Mitchell L. Mack ... Devon Smith (as Mitchell Mack)
Larry Mitchell ... Jay Paterno
Darren Goldstein ... Mike McQueary
Riley Keough ... Sara Ganim
Nicholas Sadler ... Todd, Press Photographer
Sir Brodie ... Security Guard
Greg Grunberg ... Scott Paterno
Annie Parisse ... Mary Kay Paterno
Vito Vitiello Vito Vitiello ... Sports Director


The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.

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The greater the legend,the harder the fall.


Biography | Sport



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Release Date:

7 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Brian De Palma was originally going to direct this movie. See more »


[last lines]
Sara Ganim: Uh, I'm sorry. You said... 1976?
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Penn State Alma Mater
Written by Fred Lewis Pattee and Charles Crozat Converse (as C.C. Converse)
Arranged by Thornton W. Allen
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Pacino for the Win
30 April 2018 | by anemone90210See all my reviews

Cable TV is really hitting it out of the park these days. Paterno is one of the better movies I've seen in awhile including theatrical movies. I probably don't need to recap the entire plot for anyone, since the news covered it widely at the time. This film centers on the horrific Penn State scandal of sexual molestation of young boys by a man who was at one time on the Penn State coaching staff and was a "pillar of the community." What makes this different though than any news coverage you've seen is that it goes inside Joe Paterno 's life to show the downfall of a community and sports icon from the inside.

Of course, one must take into account that filmmakers take some license when it comes portraying Paterno and his family. While I'm sure they did their research, they weren't actually sitting at his dining room table for those intimate encounters with his kids during the aftermath of all of this. I think a question that most people had when they heard about the scandal was, "What was Joe Paterno thinking? Why did this powerful leader not do more? What was going on inside head?" This movie delves into that, giving an interesting and very possible take on what really was going on inside Paterno's head. Other great things about this movie: Riley Keough is fantastic as the reporter who originally breaks the case, and Al Pacino is so amazing as Paterno that you will forget you are even watching Pacino.

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