On this week's episode of Goals on Film, Jason, Dan, and Stuey discuss 1999 American football drama, Any Given Sunday.
Any Given Sunday follows the ups and downs of an American Football team, the Miami Sharks, lead by Tony D’Ambro (Al Pacino), coming into the end of the season, suffering a fourth straight defeat and the loss of two quarterbacks in the same game. A third-string quarterback, Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx) is given a chance to perform, and takes the team into the playoffs.
Before the first game of the playoffs, after a rousing speech from D’Ambro, the Sharks take the field. Cap Rooney comes back into the quarterback position, but gets concussed, prompting Beamen to become the next in line. An epilogue states D'Ambro as head coach and general manager of an expansion side, with Beamen as his first franchise player and starting quarterback.
Goals on Film discusses how the film was ahead of its time in depicting how it showed the sport on the screen and through its subplots and storylines, the National Football League not permitting the use of real-life franchises for the film, and the casting that included plenty of cameos from former (and then-current) American football players.
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