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Any Given Sunday (1999)



Critic Consensus: Sometimes entertaining, but overall Any Given Sunday is a disappointment coming from Oliver Stone.

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Although professional football provides the action-packed backdrop of Any Given Sunday, the film takes a simultaneously epic and intimate look at the men and women who comprise the milieu of the film, from the modern-day gladiators of the gridiron, their coaches and often beleaguered families, to the moneyed team owners and business concerns who attempt to control the game as big business, to the hungry sports media, and hangers-on trying to get a taste of the glamour.more
Rating: R (for strong language and some nudity/sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Oliver Stone, John Logan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 5, 2000
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Al Pacino
as Tony D'Amato
Cameron Diaz
as Christina Pagniacci
Dennis Quaid
as Jack `Cap' Rooney
James Woods
as Dr. Harvey Mandrake
Jamie Foxx
as Willie Beamen
Matthew Modine
as Dr. Ollie Powers
Charlton Heston
as Commissioner
as Margaret Pagniacci
Jim Brown
as Montezuma Monroe
Lawrence Taylor
as Luther `Shark' Lavay
Bill Bellamy
as Jimmy Sanderson
Lela Rochon
as Vanessa Struthers
Lauren Holly
as Cindy Rooney
Aaron Eckhart
as Nick Crozier
Andrew Bryniarski
as Patrick `Madman' Kel...
James Karen
as Ed Phillips
Gianni Russo
as Johnny Polito
LL Cool J
as Julian `J-Man' Washi...
Clifton Davis
as Mayor Tyrone Smalls
Jim Caviezel
as Tom D'Amato
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Critic Reviews for Any Given Sunday

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (33)

Almost three hours of this jitter deteriorates from bravura filmmaking to annoying mannerism, and Any Given Sunday ends up less than the sum of its many, often interesting parts.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A meathead burlesque.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Choc-a-bloc with manly blather about sacrifice and honour and rugged individuals pulling together for the greater glory of the team.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A richly composed and well acted ensemble piece...

Full Review… | September 27, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Stone's blend of mayhem and sensuality-which doesn't shy away from the eroticism of athletes-is a refreshing alternative to the solemnity of most sports dramas.

Full Review… | September 17, 2014
The Dissolve

Stone isn't interested in merely bashing modern football: Any Given Sunday looks at the best and worst of the sport. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | February 10, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Any Given Sunday


Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Oliver Stone brings his unique style to the sports drama in his 1998 film Any Given Sunday. The film wastes no time to get into the face of the action. Cinematographer Salvatore Totino plunges the camera right into it, and the movements are fast, confusing and all over the map. Despite this, there are still some interesting shots of in depth Football footage, and it's cool to see, if you can get past the frantic pace. However this is an awful sports film that had potential of being a great film. Unfortunately, the script lacks anything that is interesting in terms of a truly compelling sports film. Oliver Stone tries far too hard at delivering a film that all testosterone and no substance. There's nothing on-screen to appeal to viewers and sports drama enthusiasts. Any Given Sunday is forgettable in the long run, and it definitely doesn't stand out among other sports classics. Oliver Stone misses the mark with this movie, and he is better with conceiving kinetic action flicks like Natural Born Killers than making Sports dramas. This was really the start of a creative rut for Stone, and he would not recapture that energy until 2006's World Trade Center. This movie is just a collection of sports clichés and wasted talent. Oliver Stone has made one of his worst films with this one and it fails in terms of a truly compelling plot and effective performances. I really didn't enjoy this one, and though it had great Football footage, it wasn't enough to deliver a truly memorable sport drama. Stone is a good director, but with this genre, he should never touch another film like this. The material was lacking, the talent was there, but ultimately the execution was poor and ultimately not worth your time. At one point near the ending, we see a sports caster played by director Oliver Stone shake his head as if he realized his film was bad, and it is.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Wonderful cast. Wonderful director. Woeful film.
I really thought I was going to like this, considering the talent involved and the fact that American sports tend to be good stock for film material. Sadly not on this occasion.
Al Pacino plays Tony D'Amato, a coach for the fictional Miami Sharks, a team who have hit a real slump in form and are struggling to hold their own on the football pitch. The team has too many Chiefs and not enough Indians and D'Amato not only has to manage the on-field antics of his players but also the off-field antics and spiraling ego's. This is all done with new hard-ass owner Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) breathing down D'Amato's neck demanding results.
There is such a brash in-your-face kinetic energy to this film that you dont get a minute to relax throughout it. Pacino has several of his usual in-your-face rants, Oliver Stone's direction and dreadful cameo are in-your-face, the sharp and edgy editing is in-your-face. The whole exhibitionist sport is in-your-face. So much so, that it becomes very abusive and quite frankly, tiresome very early on. Added to this, the film goes on for at least an hour over its recommended running time, bombarding us with some very high testosterone and machismo. The only positives rest with the impressive use of close contact football scenes, complete with disorientation and crunching tackles and the fine cast, particulary Cameron Diaz who shows she can match the rants and aggression of Pacino, who's one of the best in the business. It's just disappointing that the film couldn't supply the great ensemble with some material to work with.
On Any Given Sunday, I'd avoid this stinker.

Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

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