North Dallas Forty is a comedy from 1978 directed by Ted Kotcheff. The film revolves around members of the North Dallas Bulls football team. Elliot (Nick Nolte) is facing the end of his career as a wide receiver. Due to Elliot's many football injuries, daily painkiller injections are the only way he can move freely and play football. He is also weary and cynical of the tactics used by the coaches, Johnson (Charles Durning) and Strothers (G. D. Spradlin), along with the team's owner, Conrad Hunter (Steve Forrest). They have no conscious and discard players when they are no longer useful to the team. Quarterback Maxwell (Mac Davis) and defensive lineman Jo Bob (Bo Svenson) are Elliot's good friends and teammates who have also been around a while in the football world. When an underhanded manuever gets Elliot benched, he has to make a choice that may change his life forever.