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.
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.
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.
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.
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!