North Dallas Forty

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In a society in which major league sporting events have replaced Sunday worship as the religion of choice, North Dallas Forty appears like a desecration at the altar. In this film, directed by Ted Kotcheff The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, the National Football League is revealed to be more about the money than the game. Nick Nolte is North Dallas Bulls pass-catcher Phillip Elliott, whose cynicism and independent spirit is looked upon as troublesome by team coaches Johnson Charles Durning and Strothers G.D. ...
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Overview

In a society in which major league sporting events have replaced Sunday worship as the religion of choice, North Dallas Forty appears like a desecration at the altar. In this film, directed by Ted Kotcheff The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, the National Football League is revealed to be more about the money than the game. Nick Nolte is North Dallas Bulls pass-catcher Phillip Elliott, whose cynicism and independent spirit is looked upon as troublesome by team coaches Johnson Charles Durning and Strothers G.D. Spradlin and team owner Conrad Hunter Steve Forrest. Elliot, at the end of his career and wise to the way players are bought and sold like cattle, goes through the games pumped up on painkillers conveniently provided by the management. His teammates include savvy quarterback Maxwell Mac Davis and lunk-headed defensive lineman Jo Bob Priddy Bo Svenson, who deal with the impersonality and back-biting of the game through off-field diversions. When the Bulls management benches Elliot after manipulating him to help train a fellow teammate, Elliot has to decide whether there is more to life than the game that he loves.
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North Dallas Forty cynically revealed the underbelly of professional football, examining the fallout when the attitudes and drugs of the early-1970s counter-culture meet the greedy and violent world of the NFL. Nick Nolte is perfect as the complicit but not totally amoral wide receiver with an out-of-order body. Country singer Mac Davis also turned in a fine debut performance as the slick quarterback with too much to lose. With Dallas and his previous film, Who'll Stop the Rain, Nolte gained acclaim for his portrayals of tough but troubled heroes. Director Ted Kotcheff had a moderate string of hits in the 1970s, including The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929303151
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,064

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Phillip Elliott
Mac Davis Maxwell
Charles Durning Coach Johnson
Dabney Coleman Emmett
Dayle Haddon Charlotte
Steve Forrest Conrad Hunter
Bo Svenson Jo Bob Priddy
G.D. Spradlin B.A. Strothers
Savannah Smith Joanne
Marshall Colt Art Hartman
Guich Koock Eddie Rand
John Matuszak O.W. Shaddock
Deborah Benson Mrs. Hartman
Jane Daly Ruth
Rad Daly Conrad
Cliff Frazier Monroe
Stanley Grover March
Jim Boeke Stallings
John Bottoms Vip
Walter Brooke Doctor
Alan Autry Balford
Boyd Matson Sportscaster
Technical Credits
Ted Kotcheff Director, Screenwriter
Jack B. Bernstein Executive Producer
Peter Gent Screenwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Jay Kamen Editor
Paul Lohmann Cinematographer
Thom Noble Editor
Arthur Jeph Parker Set Decoration/Design
Debby Porter Stunts
John Scott Score Composer
Alfred Sweeney Production Designer
Frank Yablans Producer, Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LIKE A HELMET TO HELMET HIT

    It's completely unfair to label this a ''sports film'' albeit one of the greatest of all time. This is a powerhouse drama and a riveting indictment of corporate America. One of the nicest acting surprises of 1979 was Mac Davis as Seth Maxwell. He and Nick Nolte play off each other to perfection, like any great QB-WR combo does every Sunday. A haunting soundtrack that should have been released and charted.

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