#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In the sumer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He’s been working as a substitute teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he’ll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce. He works as a bartender and plays football with his friends. When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give a try. Based on a true story.
Plot: Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a man with nothing to lose who ignored the staggering odds and made his dream come true. When the coach of Papale’s beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public consensus was that it was a waste of time – no one good enough to play professional football was going to be found this way.
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From A Philly Boy – A Feel Good Story That Does A Good Job Recreating 70’s Philly Life
First off – I’m biased. Let me get that out of the way first. I grew up in Center City Philly during the 70’s and am a life-long Eagles fan. So, I was pretty excited to see the movie to get juiced for the upcoming 2006 Eagles season while also hoping to relive Philly life from 1976.
The movie starts by giving us some background on the plight of the 1975 Eagles (a pretty bad team) and Vince Papale (a man pretty down on his luck). Little did both the team and Vince know their fortunes were about to change with the arrival of Dick Vermeil, the new head coach of the Eagles.
The basic need of any biographical movie is that it MUST establish a relationship with the audience in order for us to be emotionally connected to the movie. I would say that Invincible only does a “so-so” job with this. For example, I recently saw “Walk The Line”, if that movie does one thing well is it makes us really care about Johnny Cash and June Carter. On the other hand, Mark Wahlberg’s version of Vince Papale keeps us at a distance while offering only limited insight into what really makes Vince tick. It doesn’t help that the script keeps Mark’s lines to a minimum. This doesn’t seem to jive with the real Vince Papale, a very high energy man who always has something to say. On the other hand, Greg Kinnear does a GREAT rendition of Dick Vermeil. He really nailed Dick in personality and mannerisms.
The best part of the movie are the visuals. The movie does a great job recreating Philadelphia life in 1976, what it was like to be an Eagle fan in the 70’s and 1970’s NFL life before the mega-millions contracts and cushy locker rooms with every amenity imaginable. These aspects of the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed.
However, there were a couple noticeable misses in this recreation. There was no mention at all of the 1976 Bicentennial in the movie. This was a pretty big miss since the entire city was wrapped up in the celebration. Another thing that puzzled me was the “woes us” attitude from the Phiilly fans in the movie. This really wasn’t the case in Philadelophia at the time. Yes, the Eagles were bad, but the Phillies made the playoffs that year, the Sixers went to the NBA finals behind Dr. J, and the Flyers had just won two Stanley Cups. While I’m on the portrayal of the Philly fans, some of it was a little over the top. When the Eagles are losing by several touchdowns late in the game, everyone doesn’t stay to boo, and we certainly don’t threaten other fans to stay. I laughed at most of it because I knew it was more caricature than real life. But I know there are people out there who think thats how Philly fans really are. From me to you, it’s more myth than fact.
Overall, I’m giving the movie 7 out of 10. But, if Vince Papale were a Giant, I’d only give it 6 out of 10.
Football has never seemed so dull!
Rarely have I ever been so disappointed by a movie, especially one I had such low expectations for to begin with. I went into the theater expecting a nice, comfortable, predictable Rudy rehashed, themed especially for my favorite city in the world, Philadelphia. I was not expecting nor did I particularly desire great cinema or stunning originality; I would have happily settled for a well-done version of a marvelously entertaining cliché. What I got was a movie that, more than anything else, seemed hopelessly unambitious; it didn’t seem particularly interested in old, stand-by truisms or anything particularly resembling a story. Sure, there were a couple of scenes ripped straight out of Rudy (including one where two guys get into the “pit” and have to hit each other), but mostly it was a a meandering, moping, and unengaging retelling of one man’s life in football, totally lacking in any dramatic fire. And I’m a big Eagles fan!
None of the players on the 1976 Eagles are particularly featured, replaced instead with a “general grumbling” about Papale being on the team. So, clichéd though it would be, there is not even an attempt at a “first I hate you then I respect you and finally I stick up for you and help you become an established member of the team” story line between one of the established players and Papale. There is a passing gesture at this sort of plot device, nothing more.
Instead, the story, such as it is, focuses on the relationship with Papale and Dick Vermeil. Even that lacks much dramatic tension; each week Papale is still on the team, until Vermeil calls him into his office and tells him to bring his playbook — usually what he does right before he cuts a player — in order to tell him he’s made the team. Surprise! There is hardly any dramatic tension here, and this is the crux of the story.
The other subplots are equally lacking in any real rising action, or, in at least one case, sense. Papale’s first wife left him and called him a loser, but it’s OK because he nearly immediately meets a hotter girl who is a Giants fan but still a good person. Yawn.
In another subplot, Papale’s dad supports him, but suggests he should resign himself to the idea that he is just a regular guy and will never be anything more. Boy, does the younger Papale show him! Not only does Vince make the Eagles, but on the day of the Eagles’ home opener, his first day in Philadelphia in uniform, he “forgets” to get his Dad a ticket, as we discover when we see his father at a bar, watching the game on TV (but still cheering his son on with a bunch of other barflies — how nice).
Finally, in the one that makes the least sense of all, one of Papale’s best friends continually reminds him what a loser he is, no matter what he does. He gets through the open tryout — he’s a loser. He makes it past the first cuts — loser. Next round of cuts — loser. After he makes the team — loser. After he doesn’t play well in his first game against Dallas — loser. Presumably, this would have gone ad infinitum, but mercifully the movie ended. Why does his friend despise him so much? Even the movie doesn’t seem too sure — it just seemed like it would add something to the plot, I guess, to have this “sour grapes” character there at every turn, to remind Papale that whatever he’s achieved is only dust in the wind, and that soon he’ll be nothing again.
One positive note: the attention to uniform detail is heroic. In 1976, the Dallas Cowboys, who normally have a stripe running over the crown of their helmets that is blue-white-blue, changed to red-white-blue to commemorate the bicentennial. The movie has the ‘Boys in the correct uniform. And the Eagles are wearing that 1976 Philadelphia patch that uses the number 76 to make the crack-and-clapper in the Liberty Bell.
I only wish attention to this type of detail made it worth while. The Vet mostly looks like Franklin Field, with benches where the seats should be. Moreover, the movie’s story is decidedly uninspiring — I can’t see how this movie would hold any interest to anyone outside the Philadelphia area.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Sport
Director Ericson Core
Writer Brad Gann
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway
Awards 2 nominations.
Production Company Walt Disney Pictures, Who's Nuts Productions, Mayhem Pictures
Sound Mix SDDS, DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Clairmont Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema