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MPAA Rating - PG13

    118 Minutes

    Comedy Drama

Original Release Date:
    Nov 28, 2000

    Howard Deutch

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Orlando Jones, Jon Favreau, Brooke Langton

Movie Summary
The 1987 National Football League players strike inspired this sports-themed comedy. The Washington Sentinels are one of the strongest teams in pro football, and coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) and quarterback Eddie Martel (Brett Cullen) look like theyre on the road to the Super Bowl -- until contract negotiations break down and the Sentinels go on strike. Determined to play the teams schedule, McGinty and owner Edward ONeil (Jack Warden) recruit a ragtag band of scab players, headed by quarterback Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a promising athlete until a catastrophic defeat dashed his confidence. Joining Falco on the team are Clifford Franklin (Orlando Jones), a receiver who cant catch the ball; Nigel Gruff (Rhys Ifans), a chain-smoking Welsh soccer player; Bateman (Jon Favreau), a former cop with anger management problems; Fumiko (Ace Yonamine), a sumo wrestler new to football; and Wilkinson (Michael Jace), a convict on parole to the Sentinels. Can McGinty mold his new squad of misfits and no-hopers (who truly love the game) into a winning team? Brooke Langton plays Annabelle, head of the Sentinels cheerleading squad (who has to contend with replacements of her own), and football commentators John Madden and Pat Summerall appear as themselves. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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