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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.more
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


Mark Wahlberg
as Vince Papale
Greg Kinnear
as Dick Vermeil
Elizabeth Banks
as Janet Cantrell
Kevin Conway
as Frank Papale
Michael Rispoli
as Max Cantrell
Michael Nouri
as Leonard Tose
Nicoye Banks
as TJ Banks
Turron Kofi Alleyne
as Ronnie Sampson
Stink Fisher
as Denny Franks
Jack Kehler
as Wade Chambers
Lola Glaudini
as Sharon Papale
Paige Turco
as Carol Vermeil
Lynn Cohen
as Mrs. Spegnetti
James Murtaugh
as Principal
Dominick Cicco
as South Philly Man
Rick Reilly
as Disguntled Fan
Randy Couture
as "Toruci" Player #1
Frederick Strother
as Eagles Coach No. 1
Earle Masciulli
as "Toruci" Player #2
Timothy F. Crowley
as Eagles Coach No. 2
Jeffrey Lee Gibson
as "Tanker" Opposing Pl...
Brian Hayes Currie
as Eagles Coach No. 3
Patrick Walsh
as "Tanker" Opposing Pl...
Michael S. Brainard
as Eagles Coach No. 4
Tony Luke Jr.
as Cape-Clad Fan
Anthony Lawton
as Pressroom Reporter
Fred Strother
as Eagles Coach #1
Tim Lamendola
as TV Cameraman
Susan Moses
as Teacher
Cosmo Dematteo
as Dean German
Kerry Shawn Duffy
as Eagles PR Man
Paul Laquerre
as Kneeling Veteran
Tristan Phillips
as Richie Vermeil
Morgan Turner
as Susan Vermeil
Tony Luke
as Cape-Clad Fan
Mark Simms
as Weekend Warrior
Frank Ferrara
as Tryout Hopeful
Jimmy Palumbo
as Philly Fan #1
Johnny Alves
as Philly Fan #2
Peter DiStefano
as Philly Fan #3
Pride Grinn
as Philly Fan #4
Daniel Spink
as Philly Fan #5
Jimmy Graham
as Dour Fan
Michael P. Hayes
as Student #1
Justin Goncalves
as Student #2
Charles Pendleton
as Frank's Friend
James A. Carr
as Frank's Friend
Anthony R. Duncan
as Eagles Coach
Harry Donahue
as Play-by-Play Announc...
Merrill Reese
as Voice of the Eagles
Mike Quick
as Voice of the Eagles
Mark Robert Ellis
as Football Coordinator
Chris Place
as Pete Double
Thomas Place
as Max Double
Jared Burke
as Johnny Double
Ralph "Cliff" Dell
as Tommy Double
Tim Lajcik
as Max's ND Stunt #1
Kevin Cassidy
as Toruci ND #1
J.J. Dashnaw
as Tanker ND Stunt #1
Mike Ribaudo
as Tanker ND Stunt #3
Tim Crowley
as Eagles Coach #2
James A. Carr
as Frank's Friend
Sean Graham
as Vince Double
Kevin Ingram
as Giant Kick Returner
Darrell Craig Davis
as Tanker Stunt #2
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News & Interviews for Invincible

Critic Reviews for Invincible

All Critics (135) | 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


Invincible is visually eye-popping with its landscape off the field and action on the gridiron. Even though marred by a less-than-captivating-plot and somewhat cheesy-Disney-inspiration, the film is still able to be inspiring and heartfelt. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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

Invincible Quotes

Carol Vermeil: These are the toughest fans there are. They threw snowballs at Santa Claus.
– Submitted by Jeff B (4 months ago)
Wade Chambers: People don't want 'heart', Dick, they want wins.
– Submitted by Gary G (3 years ago)

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