Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Fox
D’Amato (Pacino) is the coach of the Sharks, a struggling football team who are reeling after their starting quarterback, and legend of the game, Cap Rooney (Quaid) suffers a terrible injury. Forced to go to his third string QB, Beaman (Fox), their season starts to get back on track. With the owner (Diaz) working behind closed doors to move the team, this movie focuses on the struggles associated with running an elite team, with medical breaches, sex, drugs and egos all playing their part.
Everyone would know the inspirational speech that Pacino delivers in this movie. How they portray the players and their ability to fight through injuries, often at the detriment for their future well being is impressive. A real eye opener into the ethical concerns of the medical staff and owners. Fox plays the arrogant QB extremely well and watching his development into the team leader is brilliant. You also get the insight into how hard recovery is for fallen stars of the game.
I love this movie, one of my favourite sporting movies, but with an ‘R’ rating, it is not one for the kids.
Favourite quote “I’m trying to win coach. I ain’t trying to disrespect nobody, but winning is the only thing I respect” Willie Beaman
4.5 out 5