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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:
... Joe Paterno
... Sue Paterno
... MRI Tech
... Guido D'Elia
... Bobby, Media Wrangler
... Sports Producer
Mitchell L. Mack ... Devon Smith (as Mitchell Mack)
... Jay Paterno
... Mike McQueary
... Sara Ganim
... Todd, Press Photographer
... Security Guard
... Scott Paterno
... Mary Kay Paterno
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.


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7 April 2018 (USA)  »

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Happy Valley  »

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This is the 2nd time Al Pacino has played a head football coach, the first being in "Any Given Sunday". See more »


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Pacino delivers an all-time caliber performance!
8 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Looking at the film OBJECTIVELY, Barry Levinson does a fine job presenting the story centered on Paterno during the aftermath of the Sandusky sex abuse scandal without any major bias. Its to be expected that some who will see this film will simply condemn it or trash it based upon their own emotional or bias connection to the subject matter. I believe that this film does a great job portraying several aspects. One, just how disgusting and awful the actual child sex abuse scandal was and how it even affected the first victim who broke his silence. Then we have initial reporter who helped bring the story to life. Thirdly, the film effectively displays how it affected Paterno and his family in the aftermath. Lastly and most of all how Paterno himself handled the entire situation. If nothing else, this film provides a general condemnation of inaction and corruption with regards to the abuse and not taking quicker action on it.

Al Pacino completely immersed himself into the character of Joe Paterno. Pacino is measured and controlled with how he portrays Paterno's struggle to come to terms with the Sandusky abuse, and how he possibly overlooked certain signs from the past, and even the betrayal of that partnership/friendship. Like some vintage Pacino performances (aka: Michael Corleone), he communicates so much emotion through the use of his eyes and silence. Several scenes involve Paterno just sitting while his family debates and the question continues to be posed to him if he knew anything else or if he ever spoke to the child. Pacino brilliantly captures the overwhelming dread and sadness that filled the final days of his Paterno's life and how this particular dark moment that will forever change Paterno's career and legacy.

Don't pay attention to all of the negative reviews on here from those that clearly have an agenda to do so. As a dramatic exploration of a man, Joe Paterno, who was a larger then life legend at Penn State and his sad downfall, the film succeeds on all levels, particularly Pacino's performance.

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