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      North Dallas Forty

      R Released Aug 3, 1979 2h 0m Comedy Drama List
      85% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 71% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings A brutal satire of American professional football in which a veteran pass-catcher's individuality and refusal to become part of the team "family" is bitterly resented by his disciplinarian coaches. The National Football League refused to help in the production of this movie, suggesting it may have been too near the truth for comfort. From the novel by former NFL player Peter Gent. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Muddled overall, but perceptive and brutally realistic, North Dallas Forty also benefits from strong performances by Nick Nolte and Charles Durning. Football fans will likely find it fascinating.

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      Gary Arnold Washington Post Profanely funny, wised-up and heroically antiheroic, North Dallas Forty is unlikely to please anyone with a vested interest in glorifying the National Football League. Aug 29, 2016 Full Review Richard Schickel TIME Magazine Retains enough of the original novel's authenticity to deliver strong, if brutish, entertainment. Aug 1, 2008 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The football scenes are brutally real; the locker room scenes are totally authentic. Rated: 3.5/4 Mar 21, 2007 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Nick Nolte delivers yet another grounded and deeply felt performance in a football flick that’s hard-hitting both on and off the field. Rated: 3/4 Apr 10, 2024 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …zeroes in with laser focus on the parties, the training, and the personal lives of the protagonists… Rated: 5/5 Nov 30, 2023 Full Review Tom Meek Cambridge Day A scathing yet comical take on the big business of football. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 9, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      S R A good one for Nolte, showing the issues in the nfl that make it a messed up sport. Could've been toned down to make it more mainstream. Saw on TCM. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Seen this a couple times before, it's worth watching again and this time reviewing. IN FACT, it gets consideration from time to time as my choice for ‘best football movie' but it's less about football and more about relationships. Still, most people do not know anything about the inner workings of a pro football team (including myself) and this seems legit. There's not as many good sports movies, let alone football, as we believe there to be. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a good glimpse inside the politics of Pro Football in the 1970s. For those who are too young to remember or weren't born yet it's an accurate time capsule of the era before drug testing and conduct codes being strictly enforced. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Andrew A As someone who has followed the NFL closely for over 20 years, I couldn't get into this film. It's not really about football. And it hasn't aged well. Watch Any Given Sunday if you want a good movie about pro football athletes. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 12/04/20 Full Review Audience Member Nick Nolte in a classic under rated football character driven drama. Excellent. Andrew Luck probably watched it Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member The best inspiring sports comedy movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A brutal satire of American professional football in which a veteran pass-catcher's individuality and refusal to become part of the team "family" is bitterly resented by his disciplinarian coaches. The National Football League refused to help in the production of this movie, suggesting it may have been too near the truth for comfort. From the novel by former NFL player Peter Gent.
      Director
      Ted Kotcheff
      Producer
      Frank Yablans
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 3, 1979, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 2, 2016
      Runtime
      2h 0m
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