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Lights, Camera, Football! Films That Feature Action On-And-Off the Field

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With the Shout Factory release of the 1976 Football thriller Two-Minute Warning starring Charlton Heston along with an impressive 70’s cast, We take a look at a few other Football pictures where the real action takes place off of the field.

 

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BLACK SUNDAY (1977)

Bruce Dern is the 1970s version of Homeland, a Vietnam P.O.W., captured and brainwashed by a terrorist group to attack the Super Bowl using the Goodyear blimp.

Directed by John Frankenheimer, this thrill-a-minute film utilizes actual Super Bowl shot footage (with surprising NFL cooperation which would never happen now) with tough guy Robert Shaw taking a break from hunting Sharks to stop Dern.  Great score by John Williams.

 

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THE LAST BOY SCOUT (1991)

From the opening sequence when a football player on the field (during a game that feels like it’s being played in the middle of a hurricane) opens fire on players as he makes his way to the goal line, you know The Last Boy Scout is going to be full of pure Tony Scott-fueled adrenaline.  Bruce Willis is a cynical cop saddled with down-and-out ex-quarterback Damon Wayans as his partner.  Expect a great deal of outlandish and gleeful cinematic chaos as only Tony Scott could provide.

 

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THE LONGEST YARD (1974)

Burt Reynolds is an ex-player doing time, and when he’s asked to put together a team of convicts to play against the brutal, sadistic guards, well, he obliges.

A rough movie that pulls no punches, it’s a true exercise in extreme masculinity – unlike the 2005 remake starring Adam Sandler which should be avoided at all costs.

 

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TWO FOR THE MONEY (2005)

Not much field action in this one, but it does feature Matthew McConaughey as an ex-football player, sidelined by an injury, who has teamed up with Al Pacino to advise gamblers on sports bets in Las Vegas.

If you’re going to sell your sports-soul to anybody, it might as well be Al Pacino. Am I right!

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