North Dallas Forty (1979)

 220px-North-dallas-forty-poster-1“People who confuse brains and luck can get in a whole lot of trouble. Seeing through the game is not the same as winning the game.” – Conrad Hunter

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Mar 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A look into the lives of profession football players on and off the field.

My Take on it – An in depth no holds barred look at how football players acted in the 70’s.

This movie was probably much better received when it came out because the shocking details while by today’s standards are considered to be tame was much more offensive back then.

Overall, this is a fun sports film that really tried to tell it as it is by showing how dependent players were on booze, drugs and women.

Nick Nolte does a nice job as an aging player but still feels a bit miscast as an athlete.

Great seeing Dabney Coleman, Steve Forrest, Charles Durning, Bo Svenson and G.D. Spradlin in small but strong roles.

Bottom Line – Very fun sports movie that doesn’t pull any punches when showing the lives of professional players who use drugs, women, booze and pure rowdiness when off the field. Nolte is good as one of the star players but he feels quite miscast as an athlete. Was probably more groundbreaking and shocking when it came out but seems quite tame by today’s standards. Great supporting cast that helps raise the quality here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  During a training camp in preparation for this movie, any actors or athletes who missed practice were fined. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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