North Dallas Forty (1979)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Onetime Dallas Cowboy Peter Gent's tell-all novel about the big business of football is the source for Ted Kotcheff's film, which explores the destructive world faced by NFL players both on and off the field.

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Cast

Nick Nolte
as Phil Elliott
Mac Davis
as Seth Maxwell
Charles Durning
as Coach Johnson
Dayle Haddon
as Charlotte Caulder
Bo Svenson
as Jo Bob Priddy
Steve Forrest
as Conrad Hunter
G.D. Spradlin
as B.A. Strothers
Marshall Colt
as Art Hartman
Guich Koock
as Eddie Rand
Deborah Benson
as Mrs. Hartman
Jim Boeke
as Stallings
Alan Autry
as Balford
Danny J. Bunz
as Tony Douglas
Rad Daly
as Conrad
Boyd Matson
as Sportscaster
John Matuszak
as O.W. Shaddock
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Critic Reviews for North Dallas Forty

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Aug 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Retains enough of the original novel's authenticity to deliver strong, if brutish, entertainment.

Aug 1, 2008 | Full Review…

The football scenes are brutally real; the locker room scenes are totally authentic.

Mar 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.

Mar 14, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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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