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About the Film
Life is a contact sport and football is life when three-time academy award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and a dynamic acting ensemble explore the fortunes of the Miami Sharks in Any Given Sunday. At the 50-year line of this gridiron cosmos is Al Pacino as Tony D'Amato, the embattled Sharks coach facing a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy sharks owner Cameron Diaz) who's sure Tony is way too old school. An injured quarterback (Dennis Quaid), a flashy, bull-headed backup qb (Jamie Foxx), a slithery team doctor (James Woods) and a running back with an incentive-laden contract (LL Cool J) also provide some of the stories that zigzag like diagrams in a playbook. and throughout, there's the awesome spectacle of motion, sound and action orchestrated by Stone.
This film is mixed up and doesn't know if it wants to be save the last dance or remember the titans. The plot is vague and the ending is poor and to sum it all up, the film is far too long and drawn out in the process. If you are going to watch it, at least rent it first before you buy.
An excellent mashup of material. I am a fan of sports movies generally, and most of them are fairly linear in structure, uplifting and climaxing at the end. The climax to this film is astounding, if you are open enough to follow all the different interlinked storylines. The complexity of the game, from battles of ownership and management, to coaching the team and dealing with the skills and egos of individual players, and the fans as well as media in terms of advertising... the vista is huge, and Stone does incredibly well in containing it within the frame of the flat screen. This film is epic. There are heroes at many different levels, and the characters are not flat. The action scenes are as vital as any combat film, the sound is magnificent, full and deep. Don't take my word for it, check it out yourself.
An accurate portrail of profesional football and the conflict between past and present.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1999
- © 1999 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- Any Given Sunday (Music from the Motion Picture)
- Various Artists