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Paper Lion (1968)





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Paper Lion is taken from the actual experiences of journalist George Plimpton. George (Alan Alda) dons helmet and pads to play quarterback against the Detroit Lions. His experience is less-than-successful as he is mercilessly tackled by the Lion's defense, including Alex Karras. Roger Aaron Brown tackles George and carries the ball and the player over the line for a touchdown. Flashbacks include the reporter's three-round bout with "Sugar Ray" Robinson. Football legends Frank Gifford and coach Vince Lombardi also appear. The final scene is the actual pre-season game against the St. Louis Cardinals football team. After his retirement from the Lions, Alex Karras made a successful transition into acting in films and on television, joining Jim Brown who preceded and Bubba Smith and others who followed.

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Alan Alda
as George Plimpton
Alex Karras
as Himself
Joe Schmidt
as Himself
Mike Lucci
as Himself
John Gordy
as Himself
Roy Scheider
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Paper Lion

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The scenes on the football field are absorbing and hilarious by turns; I imagine pro football fans will enjoy the movie enormously.

November 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A popular smart sports film.

April 30, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Paper Lion


Time-worn but still entertaining. Lauren Hutton is absolutely gorgeous!

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