1999 Running time: 162 Certificate: 15 Rating: 3

Synopsis

Oliver Stone's American football saga stars Al Pacino as a veteran coach who is forced to play a flashy rookie (Jamie Foxx) over the team's legendary quarterback (Dennis Quaid) by the club's ruthless young owner (Cameron Diaz). If the season becomes a roller coaster for the fans, it's nothing compared to the drama off the field as money, sleaze and back-stabbing threaten to tear the Miami Sharks apart. Stone brings his customary visual razzmatazz to the soapy operatics of the plot to score an eye-popping touchdown.

Director

  • Oliver Stone

Cast

  • Al Pacino

  • Jamie Foxx

  • Cameron Diaz

  • Dennis Quaid

  • Matthew Modine

  • James Woods

  • LL Cool J

Review

Al Pacino gives a tour-de-force as a canny old American Football coach, who --- apparently --- meets his match in Cameron Diaz, a witch of a new club owner. But Pacino's got other problems: his star quarterback Dennis Quaid is injured and ailing, his medic James Woods is a crook and his young new would-be star (Jamie Foxx) is an arrogant wild card of a player.

Director Oliver Stone atones for his past sins like Natural Born Killers by making a scalding masterwork out of this first major movie about American football in a couple of decades. A high-kicking, top-scoring hit.