North Dallas Forty (1979)
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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as Phil Elliott
as Seth Maxwell
as Coach Johnson
as Charlotte Caulder
as Jo Bob Priddy
as Conrad Hunter
as B.A. Strothers
as Art Hartman
as Eddie Rand
as Mrs. Hartman
as Tony Douglas
as O.W. Shaddock
Critic Reviews for North Dallas Forty
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.
Retains enough of the original novel's authenticity to deliver strong, if brutish, entertainment.
The football scenes are brutally real; the locker room scenes are totally authentic.
The production is a most realistic, hard-hitting and perceptive look at the seamy side of pro football.
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.
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