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Any Given Sunday

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Overview

Oliver Stone takes on professional football, a sport whose grace and delicacy are a good match for his filmmaking style. Tony D'Amato Al Pacino, the head coach of the Miami Sharks, won back-to-back championships four years ago. But new team owner Christina Pagniacci Cameron Diaz has little enthusiasm for the finer points of the game and is concerned only with the bottom line. The longtime strongman of Tony's team has been "Cap" Rooney Dennis Quaid, a 39-year-old quarterback, but Christina balks at renewing his ...
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Overview

Oliver Stone takes on professional football, a sport whose grace and delicacy are a good match for his filmmaking style. Tony D'Amato Al Pacino, the head coach of the Miami Sharks, won back-to-back championships four years ago. But new team owner Christina Pagniacci Cameron Diaz has little enthusiasm for the finer points of the game and is concerned only with the bottom line. The longtime strongman of Tony's team has been "Cap" Rooney Dennis Quaid, a 39-year-old quarterback, but Christina balks at renewing his contract. When Cap is injured during a game, third-string rookie quarterback Willie Beaman Jamie Foxx goes on in his place and becomes a major star. But Beaman is mostly interested in fame and money, and he has little regard for Tony and his teammates. Any Given Sunday also stars James Woods as the team's doctor, LL Cool J as a star running back, Jim Brown as a former football great turned Sharks' defensive coordinator, Ann-Margret as Christina's alcoholic mother, Bill Bellamy as a wide receiver, Elizabeth Berkley as Tony's favorite prostitute, and Charlton Heston as the football commissioner.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Football, arguably the most spectacle-oriented of sports, is given the highly stylized, seedy-underside presidential treatment by Oliver Stone in Any Given Sunday, a lengthy, star-studded drama with the most graphic gridiron sequences ever lensed. This is the anti-Brian's Song -- as certain to make you cringe as James Caan and Billy Dee Williams make you cry. As depicted by Stone, the average football game becomes a clash of titans, an epic undertaking of Homeric scope. His players achieve almost mythic proportions, crunching bones and straining sinews in slow motion as an angry sky hurls lightning down at them. Off the field, they become mere mortals with very real faults and frailties. Not unexpectedly, top-billed Al Pacino dominates this three-hour spectacle with his portrayal of the weary, cynical coach of the fictitious Miami Sharks, desperate for one more championship. Very unexpectedly, though, Jamie Foxx, previously a minor sitcom star, is quite convincing albeit undersized as the Sharks' upstart quarterback who goes from third string to superstar in a matter of minutes. Those two receive admirable support from Cameron Diaz as the team's ruthless co-owner, Dennis Quaid as the aging, injury-prone quarterback, and especially James Woods as the unethical team doctor. This is another in the string of smarmy, detestable roles that Woods has perfected for Stone movies including Salvador and Nixon. Despite frequent lapses into over-the-top melodrama, Any Given Sunday is an unusually brutal examination of pro football and its tawdry ties to the media and big business. And as such, it makes for a much more explosive outing than your typical Sunday afternoon at the stadium.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2000
  • UPC: 085391832232
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Tony D'Amato
Cameron Diaz Christina Pagniacci
Dennis Quaid Jack "Cap" Rooney
James Woods Dr. Harvey Mandrake
Jamie Foxx Willie Beamen
LL Cool J Julian "J Man" Washington
Matthew Modine Dr. Allie Powers
Jim Brown Montezuma Monroe
Charlton Heston The Commissioner
Ann-Margret Margaret Pagniacci
Aaron Eckhart Nick Crozier
John C. McGinley Jack Rose
Lauren Holly Cindy Rooney
Lela Rochon Vanessa Struthers
Lawrence Taylor Luther "Shark" Lavay
Bill Bellamy Jimmy Sanderson
James Karen Ed Phillips
Gianni Russo Joe Polito
Elizabeth Berkley Mandy Murphy
Andrew Bryniarski Patrick "Madman" Kelly
Duane Martin
Clifton Davis Mayor Tyrone Smalls
John Daniel
Patrick J. O'Hara
Jerry A. Sharp
Marty Wright
Sean Stone Fan
Dick Butkus Coach
Tony Gonzalez
Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Jeff Adams Set Decoration/Design
Bill Brown Score Composer
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Donner Executive Producer, Producer
Richard Fojo Set Decoration/Design
Stephanie Girard Set Decoration/Design
Dan Halsted Producer
Eric Hamburg Co-producer
Derek R. Hill Art Director
Billy Hopkins Casting
Richard Horowitz Score Composer
Camara Kambon Score Composer
Paul Kelly Score Composer
Victor Kempster Production Designer
Jonathan Krauss Co-producer
Stuart Levy Editor
John Logan Original Story, Screenwriter
Michael Mees Editor
Thomas J. Nordberg Editor
George Parra Asst. Director
Richard Patrick Asst. Director
Daniel Pyne Original Story
Ronald R. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Robbie Robertson Score Composer
Richard Rutowski Co-producer
Keith Salmon Editor
Lauren Shuler-Donner Producer
Salvatore Totino Cinematographer
Clayton Townsend Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Stuart Waks Editor
Ford Wheeler Set Decoration/Design
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    LoveMoviez

    I enjoyed this One ! If you're a Pacino fan, don't miss this. Also good entertainment for sports fans. I learned some things 'bout football :) I usually watch basketball :) Great Visuals on the field, seemed very authentic on and off. I'm very happy with my purchase ~

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    For the Off Season

    Great movie! Helps get you ready for football season. Any football fan will love it and its fun to compare the movie characters to different real players.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Al Pacino!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Master director Oliver Stone crafted this look at pro football as an assault on the senses, and you'll get every tackle, pass and torn ligament in full-on glory with this astonishing DVD. Stone's brilliant ensemble cast captures the triais and tribulations of the Miami Sharks, a team beset by unnecessary roughness on and off the field.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most Boring Movie I've ever seen.

    I got motion sickness from the camera shots bouncing around. I didn't care about any of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Al Pacino is Truly Outstanding!

    This is a unique, albeit unrealistic, look into the world of football. Al Pacino's acting is the star of the film. His locker room speech near the end of the film is a highlight.

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    Posted July 24, 2010

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