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
In November of 2002, NFL Films showed Vince Papale's story on ESPN during Monday Night Football. It was part of a special to commemorate the 26th anniversary of Rocky (1976). The four minute piece about Vince captured the attention of Hollywood, and soon a film was in the works. See more »
After scoring the touchdown to beat the Giants, Vince Papale is standing in the end zone as #57 comes up beside him. The shot pulls back to a long one, #57 is shown coming down the field at least 10 yards back. When the shot cuts back, #57 is once again standing beside Papale. 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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Annoying they took so many liberties with the truth
Vince Papale was a SUBSTITUTE teacher at my high school (and his), which is not, and has never been, in South Philadelphia. South Philly has had many famous people come from it; my town has one: Vince Papale. Was it so hard to give us that? They gloss over his pre-Eagles life, but I guess it couldn't be an inspirational feel-good movie if they had stuck to the truth, i.e. he came from the suburbs, he had a career as a professional football player before he played for the Eagles, etc.
But part of the appeal is that it's supposed to be "true to life." With this many liberties with the truth, I can't suspend my disbelief enough to get into this movie.
They managed to snip everything that was interesting to me and turn it into another clichéd "underdog struggles against odds to become accomplished person." Nice, but not particularly novel and using the truth might have made for a more complex and nuanced story.
Well, they did the same thing with REMEMBER THE TITANS, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But we're seen the movie before, so if you liked RUDY or movies like that, this is pretty much the same thing. OK if you want the same old, same old.
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