Any Given Sunday

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Released 1999

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Director:
Oliver Stone
Released:
1999
Rating:
R

Any Given Sunday is a 1999 sports drama directed by Oliver Stone. The film stars legendary coach Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino), coach of a fictional professional football team The Miami Sharks. The day's of glory's past are long gone, now with a struggling team of overpaid headcases, he must find a way to satisfy the team's ambitious new owner Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) by making the playoffs with his newly appointed QB of the future Willie Beaman (Jaime Foxx). Everyone disagrees with Beaman's on and off the field antics. His unconventional methods for leading the Sharks on a tear on the way to the playoffs are criticized by everyone. No one has seen a QB be able to run as fast as a running back yet be able to throw laser beams down the field on a twitch. All this new attention gets Beaman into trouble with his veteran teammates. The old gun slinger he replaced, Jack (Cap) Rooney (Dennis Quaid) is on the mends about being able to continue his career that has taken a toll on his mind and body. He comes from the old school and expects the new school to act with class and professional demeanor the position requires. With Beaman and Cap butting heads, they must find a way to co-exist for the betterment of the team. Tony D'Amato might be the only one who can bring both generations together with his inspirational speeches and destroy the league like no one has seen before. Tony will have to struggle with his inner demons, but he has the wherewithal to plow forward. Any Given Sunday is the ultimate football movie that will put you on the field with the players, on the sidelines with the coaches, in the locker room with the teammates and off the field with the men and women who run a professional football organization we all have come to love, The Miami Sharks.

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    (Stone's) most accessible and purely enjoyable film in years.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This energetic and diverting sports soap opera throws a few head fakes in the direction of an iconoclastic examination of the dark side of professional football.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    For much of the movie, the kinetic furor of the game sequences helps camouflage the weaknesses of a screenplay that is a mechanically contrived series of power struggles.

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Drama, Sports

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in heat of battle, inspiring stories, corruption, competitive arts, for sports nuts