Any Given Sunday
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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.
Any Given Sunday
As a UK American football fan I would always have watched this, but its more than a sports film.. central performances by Diaz and Pacino are outstanding, some of the best speeches ever made in a sporting film, and bone crunching realism about the NFL that not many knew before the film and certainly do now, head on a swivel, any given sunday are phrases in US football folklore and rightly so. An unmissable sports film, even if you do not like NFL, and for any Diaz,Pacino, Stone fan you wont be disappointed. Jamie Foxx is outstanding , as is Woods fairly brief performance. Clearly some interest in NFL will make this film better for you, its a great sport to get into! and if you don't, well its a well crafted and acted film nonetheless, and worth renting at the very minimum. I've seen them all, - the Express, Friday Night Lights etc etc and I still come back to this every six months or so - its that good. Watch and enjoy, but if you hate sports - don't go there.
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.
I really enjoyed this film despite knowing next to nothing about American Football. Some great performances and a topical insight into the business behind the game.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1999
- © 1999 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.