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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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... 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
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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 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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This is the second time Al Pacino has played a head football coach, the first being in Any Given Sunday (1999). See more »

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Sara Ganim: Uh, I'm sorry. You said... 1976?
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Interestingly Done - I Sort Of Liked It
8 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

While its not another HBO masterpiece, I found it interesting enough to watch the whole thing and enjoyed it. I liked many things about it but I also didn't like some things, and I'll talk about that. At the beginning, it starts with the indictment so I was worried we wouldn't give enough background going back to 1998, but thankfully the film has many flashbacks and the reporters are also used as an explanation device of the past. The film did not shy away from the tough aspects of this tough subject. I did enjoy the Paterno scenes where he is confronted on the charges and how he deals with it, though it can be a little slow. I found the framing device to be interesting and Al Pacino's performance was great, I didn't see Al Pacino, I saw his character. The cinematography was also top notch, what can be expected from and HBO movie. But there were things I didn't like, and I will discuss it.

I personally didn't like how they opened it, they opened it in a spot where a lot of things already happened, but to be fair the film does go back and explains things. The pacing is also hit and miss, sometimes things are paced fine, and sometimes I felt it jumped around too quickly. I also wish is a bit longer or a show because there were a couple story points I feel could have been explored more and would have been beneficial to the story to delve into. I also didn't connect with any of the other characters except for Paterno, no character really stood out and wowed ne. All in all it was an interesting enough film that I finished and mostly enjoyed.


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