• North Dallas Forty (1979)

North Dallas Forty

Release Date: 1979

DVD Release Date: January 30th, 2001

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

A brutal satire of American professional football in which a veteran pass-catcher's individuality and refusal to become part of the team "family" is bitterly resented by his disciplinarian coaches. The National Football League refused to help in the production of this movie, suggesting it may have been too near the truth for comfort. From the novel by former NFL player Peter Gent.

Cast: Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Dayle Haddon, Bo Svenson, Steve Forrest, G.D. Spradlin, Dabney Coleman

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry, Brash, Rise, Fall, Dark, 1970s, Gritty

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Despite these advantages, North Dallas Forty's descents into farce and into the lone man versus the corrupt system mentality deprive it of real resonance. It's still not the honest portrait of professional athletics that sport buffs have been waiting for. It is, though, a stylish cut above most films of this type. [4 Aug 1979]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The locker room scenes are totally authentic.

  • 50
    Time Out

    Something of a mess, both in terms of the wayward plot which rambles all over the place, and in terms of the rather muddled juggling of audience sympathies. show more

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