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. Written by
Vince Papale is actually a native of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. His home, the High School at which he taught, and the bar in which he worked, are all located in the towns of Glenolden and Prospect Park, respectively. Disney executives decided on making Papale from South Philadelphia, as this more neatly fit the script, and was more easily identifiable to a national audience. He taught at Interboro High School, located on Amosland Avenue, Prospect Park, Pennsylvania. The bar in which he worked, is now called "Pogue Mahones," located on Chester Pike in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania. See more »
One of the shots in the opening of the film shows the rusted hull of the retired ocean liner S.S. UNITED STATES, which is currently moored in Philadelphia. However, in 1976 the UNITED STATES was at Norfolk, VA; she did not come to Philadelphia until 1996. See more »
I was very pleasantly surprised as to how good this movie was. I haven't seen a movie this good all year. It is a great story not only about Vince Papale but also Dick Vermeil's first season as coach in Philly. Growing up in South Jersey and seeing many Eagles games as a kid, Disney did an excellent job making you feel like you were in Veteran's Stadium in the mid-70's. The stadium announcer even sounded identical to the one at the old Vet. This is a story line every bit as good as Rudy and in my opinion, better. The shots of the city of Philadelphia are good. You will not be disappointed by this one! I went into the movie thinking that I wouldn't hate it but I wouldn't love it either, but I was wrong, it was much better than I would have thought. And it is extra special for an Eagles fan, but great for all football fans.
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