In 1976, Dick Vermeil, the new head coach
of the Philadelphia Eagles football team, took a big chance and
opened tryouts to any and all comers, after an eleven-season
Down on his luck substitute teacher and
bartender, 39-year-old Vincent Papale tries out and overcomes
every obstacle to be chosen.
This true story sounds just like most by
the number sports story, but give it a shot. It's a solid film
that resists gooey sentiment and delivers something that feels
like it's been earned.
is Rocky on the football field.
It's a rag to riches gridiron fable (based
on a true story) that never gets too sappy, despite itself.
Cinematographer turned director Ericson
Core is to be congratulated for making a sports movie that is
both unique and yes
predictable, with such restraint.
Here's a true inspirational sports story
for anyone out there who ever dreamed of football glory.
It's a real armchair quarterback tale that
happened to Vince Papale, a part-time bartender and substitute
teacher who was picked out at an open tryout for the Philadelphia
Eagles and won a spot on the team in 1976 as a wide receiver.
What's amazing is he had never played college
football a day in his life and winds up the heart and soul of