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Football Movies

Since I eagerly await the start of each NFL season, it’s natural that I would also be a fan of football movies. Sure, many of them are disappointments, but every once in a while one comes along that proves a pleasant surprise. In the following list, I’ll discuss some of the better cinematic football options available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Longest Yard (2005) – Adam Sandler takes over the Burt Reynolds role in this remake of the 1974 football classic. Sandler plays Paul Crewe, a former NFL quarterback who was banned from the league for shaving points during a big game. After arguing with his girlfriend (Courtney Cox), getting drunk, and wrecking a whole host of police cars, Crewe finds himself serving a three-year sentence in prison for grand theft auto. The warden (James Cromwell) wants Crewe to help with the guards’ semi-pro team, and soon he finds himself putting together an eclectic gang of inmates for a tune-up game. It’s cons versus guards, and you can imagine how wild and hilarious things get. Burt Reynolds takes on a different role this time around, and he’s joined by Chris Rock, Nelly, and Tracy Morgan. Plenty of real-life athletes also turn up, including Michael Irvin, Bill Goldberg, Brian Bosworth, Bill Romanowski, and Steve Austin.

Any Given Sunday (1999) – Oliver Stone presents a bizarre vision of professional football where eyeballs literally get knocked out of player’s heads. Following the exploits of the fictional Miami Sharks, the film focuses on a coach under fire (Al Pacino), the hotshot new quarterback (Jamie Foxx), a meddling owner (Cameron Diaz), and an unethical team doctor (James Woods). Legendary NFL players such as Warren Moon, Johnny Unitas, and Y.A. Tittle appear as opposing coaches.

Big Fan (2009) – Patton Oswalt plays Paul Aufiero, a die-hard fan of the New York Giants. But when a chance meeting with their star player leaves Paul hospitalized, he must decide whether or not to press charges. Meanwhile, his continuing feud with an Eagles fan (Michael Rapaport) leads to a climactic confrontation. While the action takes place off the field, Big Fan is a fascinating and darkly comical look at obsessive sports fans. โหลดบาคาร่าออนไลน์

We Are Marshall (2006) – When their charter plane crashes and kills everyone on board, the Marshall University Thundering Herd must rebuild their team and coaching staff to continue the season. Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) is the new head coach, and he’s assisted by Red Dawson (Matthew Fox), the only living member of the previous coaching staff. The team struggles to win games, but some things can’t be measured by a scoreboard. Also starring Ian McShane, David Strathairn, and January Jones. Incredibly, it’s based on a true story.

Invincible (2006) – Mark Wahlberg shows off his athleticism by portraying Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender who attended open tryouts held by the Philadelphia Eagles and miraculously made the team. While the film is based on a true story, many of the facts have been changed to make it more compelling. A must-see for those who love underdog stories, the supporting cast includes Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, and Kevin Conway.

 

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