Invincible (2006)



Critic Consensus: As simple and authentic as the gritty South Philly invirons in which it's set in, Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed.

Movie Info

This is the true story of Vince Papale, who became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team as a 30-year-old in an open tryout. He is the oldest rookie to make an NFL team (excluding kickers) who never played college ball.

Rating: PG (for sports and some mild language)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Brad Gann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2006
Box Office: $57.8M
Buena Vista - Official Site


as Vince Papale

as Dick Vermeil

as Janet Cantrell

as Frank Papale

as Max Cantrell

as Leonard Tose

as TJ Banks

as Ronnie Sampson

as Denny Franks

as Wade Chambers

as Sharon Papale

as Carol Vermeil

as Mrs. Spegnetti

as Principal

as South Philly Man

as Disguntled Fan

as "Toruci" Player #1

as Eagles Coach No. 1

as "Toruci" Player #2

as Eagles Coach No. 2

as "Tanker" Opposing Pl...

as Eagles Coach No. 3

as "Tanker" Opposing Pl...

as Eagles Coach No. 4

as Cape-Clad Fan

as Pressroom Reporter

as Eagles Coach #1

as TV Cameraman

as Teacher

as Dean German

as Eagles PR Man

as Kneeling Veteran

as Richie Vermeil

as Susan Vermeil

as Giant Defender

as Cape-Clad Fan

as Weekend Warrior

as Tryout Hopeful

as Philly Fan #1

as Philly Fan #2

as Philly Fan #3

as Philly Fan #4

as Philly Fan #5

as Dour Fan

as Student #1

as Student #2

as Frank's Friend

as Eagles Coach

as Play-by-Play Announc...

as Voice of the Eagles

as Voice of the Eagles

as Football Coordinator

as Pete Double

as Max Double

as Johnny Double

as Tommy Double

as Max's ND Stunt #1

as Toruci ND #1

as Tanker ND Stunt #1

as Tanker ND Stunt #3

as Eagles Coach #2

as Frank's Friend

as Vince Double

as Giant Kick Returner

as Tanker Stunt #2
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Critic Reviews for Invincible

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (36)

There's a sugar coating to the way Papale's story unfolds, but not so much that you'll spoil your dinner.

Full Review… | September 16, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Mark Whalberg is surprisingly good, delivering a likeness to the real Vince Papale that is uncanny.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Film School Rejects

It may seem that Invincible takes too long to get to the football. But by the time it does get down to it, we've invested enough in Wahlberg and Kinnear to give a damn about the outcome of the all-important Big Game.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Baltimore City Paper

I wonder how many more of these inspirational sports films we have to sit through in 2006.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Screenwriter Brad Gann shares the guilt for this predictable cinematic travesty along with composer Mark Isham whose bombastic musical score is akin to hammering a nail with a shotgun blast.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009

Audience Reviews for Invincible

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo, Dov Davidoff, Michael Kelly, Melissa Demyan, Steve Staiger, Vincent Riviezzo

Director: Ericson Core

Summary: Devoted Philadelphia Eagles fan Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) has just lost his wife and his job as a substitute teacher. But by impressing his favorite NFL team's coach in open tryouts and winning a place on the field, he turns a terrible year into a winner.

My Thoughts: "I really love football movies, being a football fan and all, but this movie was just OK for me. The acting was good. The story line was good. Its based on a true story of Vince Papale, who became a member of the Eagles football team as a 30 yr-old. He is the oldest rookie to make an NFL team. I just think there could have been more story. But it was a good decent football movie."


Super Reviewer

Invincible is yet another feel good inspiring true story about an underdog who succeeds at doing something big. The story is about Philadelphia Eagles fan Vince Papale who has a chance to become a player of the Eagles after Eagles coach Dick Vermeil holds open try outs. Invincible as a film doesn't do anything new to the already familiar "inspiring" film formula, but it's still nonetheless a good film to watch. The acting is fairly good, and the story is still very engaging despite it's the type of story we've seen a hundred times before. The film does manage to make the viewer root for Vince Papale as realizes his dream and you feel good by the time the credits role. But like I said, it navigates the usual territory that all "inspiring' films take. The film is unfortunately predictable, and you know right off the bat that it will end on a high note. That's the only problem with these films, is that they to be the same, and all of them are predictable. But they always tend to be effective at entertaining you, and in the end, that's what counts. Though it's predictable, the story and acting are terrific, and this is a memorable feel good film that everyone, especially Football fans will enjoy. There are some solid performances by Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear. Invincible may not do anything new, but it manages to a worthwhile view nonetheless. A well made film that can inspire anyone.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Another biographic on American football since Gridiron Gang, but this is really magnificent true story of a dedicated fan who puts everything on the line to live the ultimate sports fantasy: playing for his favourite pro team.
Mark Wahlberg makes an awesome performance as the league's oldest rookie who becomes a legend of the late 1970s.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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