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Director: Ericson Core

Cast: Ericson Core, Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks


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From the producers of The Rookie and Remember the Titans comes an inspirational sports drama detailing the true story of a down-on-his-luck football fan whose dreams of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the best of the gridiron became a once-in-a-lifetime reality when he took part in an…  See more details below


From the producers of The Rookie and Remember the Titans comes an inspirational sports drama detailing the true story of a down-on-his-luck football fan whose dreams of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the best of the gridiron became a once-in-a-lifetime reality when he took part in an open tryout organized by Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil. Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) was a 30-year-old substitute teacher and part-time bartender who had never even played college football. When Coach Vermeil (Greg Kinnear) made the unprecedented announcement that he would be holding open tryouts for the Philadelphia Eagles, Papale would go against incredible odds to live the dream and experience every fan's biggest fantasy. With a position on the Eagles secured and a new life path forged out of little more than determination and persistence, Papale takes to the field to experience the life-altering rush of running yards as a stadium full of cheering fans burst from their seats to support the hometown hero who proved it's never too late to take control of your own destiny.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Legendary Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Vince Papale, beautifully played by Mark Wahlberg in what may be his best screen work to date, springs to life in this powerful if predictable hit. A 30-year-old fan whose previous football experience has been limited to the sandlots of South Philly, former teacher and part-time bartender Papale is recruited in 1976 by Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear). Overcoming his lack of experience and relatively advanced age, Vince makes the team by dint of his iron will and unceasing effort, ultimately winning over his skeptical teammates and leading them to victory while earning the love of barmaid Janet Cantrell (Elizabeth Banks). Director Ericson Core and screenwriter Bran Gunn stress Vince’s struggle to stay focused despite discouragement from the other players, who think his recruitment nothing more than a Vermeil publicity stunt. Although the film plays out along the familiar lines of other underdog sports stories, its near veracity gives it an extra kick. Papale himself figures prominently in the DVD’s supplemental features -- a 28-minute featurette titled “Becoming Invincible: The Story of Vince Papale” -- as well as audio commentary in which he interacts with producer Mark Ciardi and scriptwriter Gann. Disney was wise to involve him so extensively: You can’t help but admire Papale’s passion, spirit, and obvious love of life. The featurette shows him, wide-eyed and beaming, shooting candid on-set footage with a handheld video camera. Referring to the thrill of having his story immortalized on film, he is heard saying, “I wish I could bottle this.”

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Special Features

Feature Film:; Audio commentary by Vince Papale, producer Mark Ciardi and writer Brad Gann; Audio Commentary by director Ericson Core and editor Jerry Greenberg; Recreating "The Vet" - Behind-the-scenes featurette; Becoming invincible - The story of Vince Papale; Movie Showcase:; Instant access to select movie scenes that showcase the ultimate in high definition picture and sound; Seamless Menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Vince Papale
Greg Kinnear Dick Vermeil
Elizabeth Banks Janet Cantwell
Kevin Conway Frank Papale
Michael Rispoli Max
Kirk Acevedo Tommy
Dov Davidoff Johnny
Michael Kelly Pete
Sal Darigo Mick
Nicoye Banks TJ Banks
Turron Kofi Alleyne Ronnie Sampson
Cosmo Dematteo Dean German
Stink Fisher Denny Franks
Michael Mulheren AC Craney
Michael Nouri Leonard Tose
Jack Kehler Wade Chambers
Lola Glaudini Sharon Papale
Paige Turco Carol Vermeil
Tristan Phillips Richie Vermeil
Morgan Turner Susan Vermeil
Lynn Cohen Mrs. Spegnetti
James Murtaugh Principal
Dominick Cicco South Philly Man
Randy Couture "Toruci" Player #1
Earle Masciulli "Toruci" Player #2
Jeffrey Lee Gibson "Tanker" Opposing Player #1
Patrick Walsh "Tanker" Opposing Player #2
Rick Reilly Disgruntled Fan
Franklin Ojeda Smith Les
Patrick F. McDade The Turk
Fred Strother Eagles Coach #1
Tim Crowley Eagles Coach #2
Brian Hayes Currie Eagles Coach #3
Kerry Shawn Duffy Eagles PR Man
Paul Laquerre Kneeling Veteran
Kevin Ingram Giant Kick Returner
Michael McCarthy Giant Defender
Tony Luke Cape-Clad Fan
Mark Simms Weekend Warrior
Frank Ferera Tryout Hopeful
Bryan Donoghue Hopeful
Jimmy Palumbo Philly Fan #1
Johnny Alves Philly Fan #2
Peter DiStefano Philly Fan #3
Pride Grinn Philly Fan #4
Daniel Spink Philly Fan #5
Jimmy Graham Dour Fan
Anthony Lawton Pressroom Reporter
John Leslie Wolfe TV Anchor
Tim Lamendola TV Cameraman
Susan Moses Teacher
Michael P. Hayes Student #1
Justin Goncalves Student #2
Michael S. Brainard Eagles Coach #4
Joe Thompson Ref
Frank Kosman Ref
Charles Pendleton Frank's Friend
James A. Carr Frank's Friend
Joe Guglielmucci Umpire
Anthony R. Duncan Eagles Coach
Harry Donahue Play-by-Play Announcer
Merrill Reese Voice of the Eagles
Mike Quick Voice of the Eagles
Mark Robert Ellis Football Coordinator
Sean Graham Vince Double
Chris Place Pete Double
Thomas Place Max Double
Jared Burke Johnny Double
Ralph "Cliff" Dell Tommy Double
Tim Lajcik Max's ND Stunt #1
Kevin Cassidy Toruci ND #1
J.J. Dashnaw Tanker ND Stunt #1
Darrell Craig Davis Tanker Stunt #2
Mike Ribaudo Tanker ND Stunt #3

Technical Credits
Ericson Core Director,Cinematographer
Charley Beal Art Director
Malcolm Brown Camera Operator
Mark Ciardi Producer
Jaime Cockerham Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor H. Constantino Executive Producer
Lorraine Crossman Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen P. Dunn Asst. Director
Mark Ellis Consultant/advisor
Christopher Evans Art Director
Brad Gann Screenwriter
Gordon Gray Producer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Edward T. Hanely Costumes/Costume Designer
Imaginary Forces Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Jacques Jouffret Camera Operator
Sarah Knowles Production Designer
Penelope L. Laughman Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Elizabeth Macaluso Costumes/Costume Designer
Ken Mok Producer
Jonathan Mone Associate Producer
Donald J. Mowat Makeup
Shawn Murphy Sound Mixer
Vincent Papale Consultant/advisor
Damien A. Quinn Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicole Reed Executive Producer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Robert L. Sephton Sound/Sound Designer
Stefan Sonnenfeld Executive Producer
Ezra Swerdlow Executive Producer
Dick Vermeil Consultant/advisor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Invincible
1. Opening Titles
2. Maybe Next Year
3. When Will Things Get Better?
4. A Little Desperate
5. Open Tryouts
6. One Invitation Only
7. Do Good Out There
8. Eagles' Training Camp
9. Good Luck
10. Desire and Determination
11. Anything Else I Should Know?
12. He's Hot Heart
13. Eagles vs. Cowboys
14. Could Use a Little Help
15. Giants vs. Eagles
16. End Credits

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Invincible 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vince Papale's story is legend in Ealges and NFL lore. Disney, with Miracle, The Rookie, and Remember the Titans under their belt, took on this legendary story of Papale's rise from the South Philly streets to the Eagles lineup. Wahlberg's portrayal of #83 is wonderful and Kinnear's Vermeil job is great as well. The film captures the true feelings of the Eagles faithful in the blue-collar area of the city and, despite it being gone, took on the Vet digitally and does a good job with that too. For any sports, football, or diehard Birds fan, this one is just for you. E-A-G-L-E-S...EAGLES!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a sports story that I was not familiar with. Even though a few changes were made regarding the true story of Vince Papale, the heart of his story was kept intact. The movie dialogue was very well written. You do not even have to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan to enjoy this movie. Mark Wahlberg does a great job playing Vince Papale! It was also nice to see Greg Kinear portray Dick Vermeil as the new Philadelphia Eagles couch. A friend told me that the 28 minute Documentary about Vince Papale was every bit as good as the movie itself. As a result, I will have to buy this DVD shortly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was a little too hollywood for me. It seems like everything fell into his lap. You could tell from the get go he was going to make it....And isnt it funny, that he, an out of work part time bartender, works in a sleazy, dirty, depressing bar that nobody but absolute alcoholics and degenerates hang around in works along side this 10 rated hot lookin football loving chick, that until he got on the 6 o'clock news wouldnt give him the time of day. The minute he started making it, she sent him gifts, and she was on the money train! The whole story was that, and no one was behind him. None of the players were until the end. It was always "so if this your last game with the Eagles", we still love you" he always heard from his friends. Then it turns back into a love story. Was this a love story or a football story? What I do know, I could tell every turn in the movie. It was to predictable. This movie is not one of his better projects. Hes so much a better actor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great movie that everyone in the family can watch. We need more movies like this. Very inspirational.
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