North Dallas Forty

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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.

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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.

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 (24) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (4)

  • The movie boasts some fine performances -- by Nolte, Mac Davis as the Bulls' quarterback and John Matuszak as a fired-up lineman -- but it's too concerned with celebrating the mating and bonding rituals of overgrown adolescents.

    July 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • It's not damning with faint praise to say this is the best pro football movie ever -- and by yards.

    August 29, 2016 | Full Review…
    People Magazine
    Top Critic
  • 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…
  • Pro football fans may be disillusioned by this excellent, honest, and often brutal expose of the play-for-pay game.

    March 14, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
    TV Guide
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