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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.



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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.

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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
Frederick Strother
as Eagles Coach No. 1
Randy Couture
as "Toruci" Player #1
Earle Masciulli
as "Toruci" Player #2
Timothy F. Crowley
as Eagles Coach No. 2
Brian Hayes Currie
as Eagles Coach No. 3
Jeffrey Lee Gibson
as "Tanker" Opposing Player #1
Michael S. Brainard
as Eagles Coach No. 4
Patrick Walsh
as "Tanker" Opposing Player #2
Tony Luke Jr.
as Cape-Clad Fan
Anthony Lawton
as Pressroom Reporter
Fred Strother
as Eagles Coach #1
Tim Crowley
as Eagles Coach #2
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
Kevin Ingram
as Giant Kick Returner
Tristan Phillips
as Richie Vermeil
Michael McCarthy
as Giant Defender
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 Announcer
Merrill Reese
as Voice of the Eagles
Mike Quick
as Voice of the Eagles
Mark Robert Ellis
as Football Coordinator
Sean Graham
as Vince Double
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
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Critic Reviews for Invincible

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

Sep 16, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Even Papale's most famous play, recovering a fumble to set up a touchdown, is embellished, as if Disney can't bear to stick with the facts.

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5

When it's good it's very good. When it's bad -- well, it's still pretty good.

Aug 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Invincible is a working-class jock Cinderella fantasy with the sincerity of a beer commercial, the soul of a Republican incumbent, and the designer-flannel esthetics of an old Bruce Springsteen video.

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It may not break new ground, but Invincible is an entertaining film, awash in clichés but leavened by the charismatic performance of Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
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Top Critic

What's modestly refreshing about the way this story is told by director Eric Core and writer Brad Gann, is that the person with the largest doubts about going pro is Papele himself.

Aug 25, 2006 | Full Review…

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
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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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