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
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Critic Reviews for North Dallas Forty
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.
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.
Pro football fans may be disillusioned by this excellent, honest, and often brutal expose of the play-for-pay game.
Audience Reviews for North Dallas Forty
Not enough football action. It's dated and practically unwatchable. (First and only viewing - 2/4/2016)
Perceptive film about the harsh realities of football, and the physical punishment players take. Nolte and Davis provide good performances, with a good script and intelligent direction from Ted Kotcheff.
Such a revealing adaptation of Peter Gent's entertaining novel about what he learned playing for the Dallas Cowboys, and how the machinations of "management," kept him off balance and on the verge of quitting. The musical score by John Scott is clever, reminiscent of Don Ellis's creepy music for The French Connection, or or Michael Small's The Parallax View score.
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