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Muddled overall, but perceptive and brutally realistic, North Dallas Forty also benefits from strong performances by Nick Nolte and Charles Durning. Football fans will likely find it fascinating. Read critic reviews

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A brutal satire of American professional football in which a veteran pass-catcher's individuality and refusal to become part of the team "family" is bitterly resented by his disciplinarian coaches. The National Football League refused to help in the production of this movie, suggesting it may have been too near the truth for comfort. From the novel by former NFL player Peter Gent.

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Nick Nolte
Phillip Elliott
Mac Davis
Seth Maxwell
Charles Durning
Coach Johnson
Dayle Haddon
Charlotte Caulder
Bo Svenson
Jo Bob Priddy
Steve Forrest
Conrad Hunter
G.D. Spradlin
B. A. Strothers
Dabney Coleman
Emmett Hunter
Savannah Smith
Joanne Rodney
Marshall Colt
Art Hartman
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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (4)

  • Profanely funny, wised-up and heroically antiheroic, North Dallas Forty is unlikely to please anyone with a vested interest in glorifying the National Football League.

    August 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Retains enough of the original novel's authenticity to deliver strong, if brutish, entertainment.

    August 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The football scenes are brutally real; the locker room scenes are totally authentic.

    March 21, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The production is a most realistic, hard-hitting and perceptive look at the seamy side of pro football.

    March 14, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Something of a mess, both in terms of the wayward plot which rambles all over the place, and in terms of the rather muddled juggling of audience sympathies.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The leading man, Nick Nolte, has a physical authority and a clowning, irreverent manner that lend the film some semblance of continuity, even when it's about to flounder.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

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