Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

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Released 2008

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Director:
Kevin Rafferty
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is a documentary that details the historic football game played between the two schools on November 23, 1968. It intercuts actual footage from the game alongside interviews with more than 50 men who played that day. In a larger sense, the film is also about the great events of the time, particularly the Vietnam War and burgeoning sexual revolution. When the game was played, both Harvard and Yale were enjoying undefeated seasons. Despite that, Yale was heavily favored to win the game due to the presence of its superstar halfback Calvin Hill. The game went mostly to form as Yale raced out to a quick 22-0 lead. Despite playing better as the game progressed, Harvard still trailed 29-13 with less than two minutes remaining. It was then that Harvard quarterback Frank Champi rallied the Crimson to two quick touchdowns, tying the score at 29 and prompting the Harvard school newspaper to post its famous headline, "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29."moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Filmmaker Kevin Rafferty makes the case for remembrance and for the art of the story in his preposterously entertaining documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, preposterous at least ...

  • 90

    Variety

    How many thrillers could put the outcome in the title and still provide as many white-knuckle moments as Harvard Beats Yale 29-29?

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Both an irresistible human story and as fine a documentary on football as "Hoop Dreams" was on basketball.

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