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Cast: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, Jonathan Pryce


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Good Night, and Good Luck director George Clooney pulls double duty once again in this sports-oriented romantic comedy set against the formation of professional football in the 1920s. Dodge Connelly (Clooney) is a brash and handsome gridiron giant who is equally comfortable leading his team in a barroom brawl or


Good Night, and Good Luck director George Clooney pulls double duty once again in this sports-oriented romantic comedy set against the formation of professional football in the 1920s. Dodge Connelly (Clooney) is a brash and handsome gridiron giant who is equally comfortable leading his team in a barroom brawl or charging for a touchdown in a packed stadium. But when Connelly's team loses their sponsor and the entire league appears set to collapse, the quick-thinking jock attempts a creative late-game comeback. If Connelly can convince former college football star and decorated war hero Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski) to join the team, there may be hope for the ill-fated team after all. Back in World War I, Rutherford single-handedly forced the surrender of multiple German soldiers -- a feat that firmly established the dashing young soldier as America's favorite son. Not only that, but Rutherford's unparalleled speed makes him a valuable asset to the team. To cub reporter Lexie Littleton (Renée Zellweger), Rutherford seems simply too good to be true, and she's determined to prove that her theory is correct. As Littleton digs deep into Rutherford's past, the two teammates enter into a fierce competition for her erratic affections. Now, as Connelly's plan begins to work better than he ever could have anticipated, the rowdy sport he always loved starts to take on a whole new look and feel. In the midst of holding his team together and simultaneously charming the girl of his dreams, Connelly discovers he may be able to use the same strategies he does to win on the field to win in love. Of course, there might be a few fouls as this game enters the fourth quarter, but like every good player, Connelly knows the value of always having a secret play to fall back on before the final score is called.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The Coen Brothers understand better than anyone how to direct George Clooney for maximum comedic impact. In the underrated Intolerable Cruelty and the cult classic O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Clooney brings an undeniable level of suavity to the proceedings that not only sends up his own public persona, but captures the spirit of classic screwball farces. Sadly, with his football comedy Leatherheads, Clooney the director gets in the way of Clooney the actor. The script, while not nearly as structurally sound as the old films Clooney and company are attempting to invoke, does offer enough snappy dialogue that the right cast should be able to make large portions of it sing. And these actors are mostly up to the task. There is a fine line between acting broadly and mugging, and Clooney crosses that line on a few occasions, while Renée Zellweger deftly captures the spirit of Rosalind Russell, and John Krasinski gives a savvy spin to most of his dialogue with a relaxed but pointed delivery. Sadly, the dialogue scenes are slackly edited. There is dead air between the lines and the comedy evaporates into that void. The words are funny, but the timing squashes the laughter. Even still, the appealing actors and the unique setting make it easy to forgive the film's faults, at least during the first half of the movie. Even with its persistently faulty pacing, you keep hoping it will get better. As a director, Clooney's topic of choice has thus far always been the power and influence of the media. Growing up in a family that made its living in the public eye obviously formed his outlook, and his first film, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, was very much about what living in show business, on the edge of reality and fantasy, can do to someone's mental health. Later, his fantastic Good Night, and Good Luck. offered a concise exploration of media and politics feed off each other. If Clooney could have gotten these themes out of his system for just one film, Leatherheads should have been it. Instead, he saddles this comedy with a serious subplot about how the media creates heroes, and while that is certainly an interesting topic, neither the direction nor the script are savvy enough to fuse this with the screwball elements. In the last half of the film, Clooney stops the laughs to make points about the nature of celebrity, and that decision buries what the film had going for it. George Clooney is a fine, thoughtful director, and one of the few actors of his era who brings to mind the charms of Hollywood's golden age. But Leatherheads shows that those two aspects of his personality do not coexist so peacefully, making it both a disappointment and an object of remarkable interest for those who keep wondering what makes the man tick.

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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Football's Beginning: The making of Leatherheads; No Pads, No Fear: Creating the rowdy football scenes; George Clooney: A leatherhead prankster; Visual effects sequences; Feature commentary with Director George Clooney and producer Grant Heslov

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Dodge Connolly
Renée Zellweger Lexie Littleton
John Krasinski Carter Rutherford
Jonathan Pryce CC Frazier
Peter Gerety Commissioner
Jack Thompson Harvey
Stephen Root Suds
Wayne Duvall Coach Ferguson
Keith Loneker Big Gus
Robert Baker Stump
Matt Bushell Curly
Tommy Hinkley Hardleg
Nick Paonessa Zoom
Max Casella Mack Steiner
Mike O'Malley Mickey
Heather Goldenhersh Belinda/Flapper
Marian Seldes Clerk

Technical Credits
George Clooney Director
Jeff Adams Set Decoration/Design
Jim Bissell Production Designer
Duncan Brantley Screenwriter
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Hall Executive Producer
Grant Heslov Producer
David J. Webb Asst. Director
Thomas Minton Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Mirrione Editor
Christa Munro Art Director
Randy Newman Score Composer
Bobby Newmyer Executive Producer
Sydney Pollack Executive Producer
Rick Reilly Screenwriter
Scott Ritenour Art Director
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
Jeffrey Silver Executive Producer
Casey Silver Producer
Edward Tise Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Leatherheads
1. Football, 1925 (Main Titles) [7:57]
2. Getting the Bullet [7:03]
3. End of the Line [5:14]
4. Let's Talk [4:52]
5. Legitimizing the Pros [4:41]
6. Welcome to Show Business [5:49]
7. New Game Plan [6:49]
8. Winning Streak [3:57]
9. War Stories [4:55]
10. Speakeasy [5:23]
11. I Surrender [4:44]
12. "Bullet Shoots Blanks" [7:15]
13. Press Conference [1:22]
14. Friendly Rivalry [4:58]
15. Fumble [4:53]
16. A Whole New Game [8:45]
17. The Big Matchup [4:14]
18. Offsides [5:08]
19. Last Play [7:16]
20. End Titles [2:52]


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Leatherheads 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
VinnyP More than 1 year ago
To be honest i thought this movie was gonna rock, i looked forward to this coming out on DVD. This movie is a sleeper, Some part were very boring and seemed to take forever. Dont get me wrong the movie did have some highlights to it, but not a whole lot. The acting was good and it had a good storybase, but it was lacking a good "flow". ~ 2.78/5
Apollo_Faint-Of-Hearts More than 1 year ago
I love George Clooney and John Krasinski, they are the reasons I gave this a chance, but this movie itself is 'alright'. I did bust out laughing once or twice, but the over all film was just too weak to say I really liked it. I definitely think it's worth a watch, at least just so you can say you have seen another movie with those two actors. The original rules of football, at least portrayed in this, are amusing; as well as how some rules are made. If you're into football this might not be as boring for you as it was for me. I recommend.
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