Any Given Sunday (1999)


Movie Review

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Starring: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, James Woods, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Berkley, and Charlton Heston

The Miami Sharks were once a powerful football dynasty.  Coached by longtime football veteran Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino), the team is struggling to even make the playoffs.  In the midst of a game during the 2001 football season, starting quarterback Cap Rooney (Dennis Quaid) and the second string quarterback are injured.  Third string QB Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx) steps up to the plate and leads the team.  This seventh round draft pick now gets his time to shine, and he’s not shying away from it.  The only problem is that he’s pissing off Coach D’Amato and his teammates in the process.  He starts changing the coach’s plays, hogging the spotlight, and looking out only for himself.  As Beamen tears the team apart, General Manager Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz), who happens to be D’Amato’s niece, gives the coach an ultimatum—to hold their demoralized team together or go home.

Any Given Sunday is one of the great sports films of our time.  Oliver Stone brings an intensity and authenticity to the field unlike any other football movie.  With acting legend Al Pacino and a stellar ensemble cast, Stone delivers one hell of a flick.  Grab a drink and check out Any Given Sunday as soon as you can.



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