Replacements
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The Replacements

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Director: Howard Deutch

Cast: Howard Deutch, Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Orlando Jones

     
 

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The 1987 National Football League players' strike inspired this sports-themed comedy. The Washington Sentinels are one of the strongest teams in pro football -- until contract negotiations break down and the Sentinels go on strike. Determined to play the team's schedule, owner Edward O'Neil (Jack Warden) recruits a ragtag band of scab players, to be headed up and

Overview

The 1987 National Football League players' strike inspired this sports-themed comedy. The Washington Sentinels are one of the strongest teams in pro football -- until contract negotiations break down and the Sentinels go on strike. Determined to play the team's schedule, owner Edward O'Neil (Jack Warden) recruits a ragtag band of scab players, to be headed up and whipped into shape by the retired veteran coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman). At the top of the recruitment list is quarterback Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a promising athlete until a catastrophic defeat in the Sugar Bowl dashed his confidence. Joining Falco on the team are Clifford Franklin (Orlando Jones), a receiver who can't catch the ball; Nigel Gruff (Rhys Ifans), a chain-smoking Welsh soccer player; Bateman (Jon Favreau), a former cop with anger management problems; Fumiko (Ace Yonamine), a sumo wrestler new to football; and Wilkinson (Michael Jace), a convict on parole to the Sentinels. Can McGinty mold his new squad of misfits and no-hopers (who truly love the game) into a winning team? Brooke Langton plays Annabelle, head of the Sentinels' cheerleading squad (who has to contend with replacements of her own), and football commentators John Madden and Pat Summerall appear as themselves.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Adam Coppelman
Armchair quarterbacks across the land often hearken back to the glory days of 1987, when the NFL Players Association strike ignited fans' passions for twice-released, balding nose tackles and punters with Buddha-like bellies. Okay, maybe not. Actually, few memories seem less likely to provoke smiles than those of the NFL's '87 labor pains, but The Replacements somehow manages to complete this filmic Hail Mary pass. Going beyond the pale of standard sports farce with a streak of genuine emotion, The Replacements (which updates the strike to the late '90s) scores far more than it fumbles. Scab coach Gene Hackman spells out the film's mantra early on: "Gentlemen, you're paid to play. The men whose places you're taking forgot that." The men whose places they're taking, as you might expect, get quite a drubbing in this film: The road to hell is obviously paved with their egos and driven over by their Ferraris. But the film avoids bogging itself down with anti-unionism and stays afloat thanks to the expectedly snappy rapport among the unlikely misfits haphazardly teamed as the fictional Washington Sentinels. Keanu Reeves is former all-American quarterback Shane Falco -- with a legacy of a disastrous Sugar Bowl blowout four years earlier -- who gets the opportunity to lead the Sentinels and rewrite his own history. Reeves's presence gives The Replacements a unisex attraction -- men get to see a pretty boy get his butt whipped, while women get to see him emerge wondrously from the scrums, his sculpted coif perfectly intact. And Hackman, ever reliable and stodgy, retools his Hoosiers persona to stand as mentor and straight man for these goofy yet admirably resilient heroes.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883929091591
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
9,549

Special Features

Closed Caption; 2 behind-the-scenes documentaries, HBO first look: The Replacements and making the plays: an actor's guide to football; Feature-length audio commentary by director Howard Deutch; Cast/director film highlights; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keanu Reeves Shane Falco
Gene Hackman Coach Jimmy McGinty
Orlando Jones Clifford Franklin
Jon Favreau Daniel Bateman
Brooke Langton Annabelle Farrell
Rhys Ifans Nigel "The Leg" Gruff
Jack Warden Edward O'Neil
Faizon Love Jamal Jackson
Michael "Bear" Taliferro Andre Jackson
Ace Yonamine Jumbo Fumiko
Troy Winbush Walter Cochran
David Denman Brian Murphy
Michael Jace Earl Wilkinson
Gailard Sartain Pilachowski
Brett Cullen Eddie Martel
Gregory L. Williams Edwards, Dwight
Art La Fleur Banes
John Madden Himself
Keith David Lindell
Pat Summerall Himself
Greg Goossen Drunk #2
Cliff McMullen Policeman #1
James Black Ref #3
Robyn Peterson Mrs. O'Neil
Craig Sechler Reporter #3
Zachary I. Young Kid in Liquor Store
Robert Shepherd Reporter #4
Dylan Sellers League Commissioner
Michelle Johnston Fumiko's Girl
F. Stephen Schmidt Maryland Corrections Officer
Caroline Keenan Dawn
Marty Wright Butler
Bob Angelo Gangster #2
Mark Robert Ellis San Diego Coach
Ken Martin Sentinal Cheerleader
Elliot Balis Sentinal Cheerleader
Andrea Barnes Wannabee Cheerleader
Edward Beckford News Reporter
Tom Barry Mini-mart Customer
Mara Berman Wannabee Cheerleader
Michael Brinkman Phoenix Head Coach
Al Brown Ref #1
Todd Champagne Detroit Linebacker
Stella Choe Asian Cheerleader
John Clark Dallas Linebacker
Carol Caesar Wannabee Cheerleader
Laura L. Cottrel Sentinal Cheerleader
Michelle Courtney Wannabee Cheerleader
Dave Cureton Matheson
Amber Dulski Sentinal Cheerleader
Marcia Dor Etain Wannabee Cheerleader
Leanna Foglia Wannabee Cheerleader
Jon K. Farless Ref #4
Tim Estep Sentinal Cheerleader
Jon Garcia O'Neil's Assistant
Marc C. Geshwind Bartender #2
Levis Francis Sentinal Cheerleader
Andrea Graham Wannabee Cheerleader
Archie L. Harris Wilson Carr
Len Greenblatt Wannabee Cheerleader
Robert Vique Man on the Street #1
Jesper Inglis Washington Player
Colette Hillman Sentinal Cheerleader
Seanna Zimmerman Sentinal Cheerleader
Jaya Kanal Wannabee Cheerleader
Milinda A. Jefferson Sentinal Cheerleader
Renee Latimore Sentinal Cheerleader
Tom Korzenioski Drunk #1
Kenward Lee Korean Store Owner
Christian Lyon Bartender #1
William J. McKeon Biker #1
Eric Miller Detroit Lineman
Royan Miller Wannabee Cheerleader
Paul Morella Gangster #1
Russell Marcum Wannabee Cheerleader
Sarah Ann Morris Heather
O.D.B. O.D.B.
Pete Ohnegian Washington Center
Todd Eric Yeaman Washington Offensive Tackle
Rhonda Overby Sideline Reporter
Evan Dexter Parke Malcolm LaMont
Heather Pedersen Wannabee Cheerleader
Michelle Pinkham Wannabee Cheerleader
Richard Pilcher Ref #2
Kevin Reid Detroit Quarterback
Mia Reeves Wannabee Cheerleader
Justin Reimer Dallas Defender
Emily Roberts Sentinal Cheerleader
Gemma Roskam Wannabee Cheerleader
Melissa Musotto Sentinal Cheerleader
Tyrone Roy Detroit Linebacker
Nicole Schiro Wannabee Cheerleader
Stephanie Sutch Sentinal Cheerleader
Chris Stabile Sentinal Cheerleader
Margie Tompros Wannabee Cheerleader
Jamie Vane Female Reporter
Mary Ann Walsh Wannabee Cheerleader
Kel Watrin San Diego Quarterback
Justin L. Wilson Sentinal Cheerleader

Technical Credits
Howard Deutch Director
Michael Adams Stunts
Steve Artmond Makeup
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Pat Moran and Associates Casting
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Barbour Stunts
John L. Bennett Stunts
Dan Bishop Production Designer
Steve Blalock Stunts
Robin Bonaccorsi Stunts
Jocelyn C. Borgella Stunts
Lorraine Boushell Makeup
Bradley J. Bovee Stunts
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Charlie Brewer Stunts
Guiseppe Bucaro Stunts
Jeffrey Chernov Executive Producer
Alisa Christensen Stunts
Christopher Robbins Stunts
Ken Clark Special Effects
Ken Clark Stunts
Barbara Cohen Casting
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Maureen Crowe Musical Direction/Supervision
John Debney Score Composer
Dustin Dennard Stunts
Frank Eulner Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Evans Stunts
Kathryn Courtney Faison Stunts
David Farmer Sound/Sound Designer
Seth Flaum Editor
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Dave Gerlach Special Effects
Mark Ginther Stunts
John D. Gooch Sound Mixer
Robert Grogan Stunts
Gene Hartline Stunts
Hollis Hill Stunts
Jeff Jarvis Special Effects Supervisor
Michelle Johnston Choreography
Mike Justus Stunts
Steve Kelso Stunts
Gary Kosko Art Director
Barbara Lacy Makeup
Fred Lerner Stunts
Christian Lyon Stunts
Dwayne McGee Stunts
Vince McKewin Screenwriter
Gail Monian Stunts
Ed Morey Cinematographer
Maria Nay Set Decoration/Design
Brian O'Neal Stunts
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Podgurski Stunts
Richard H. Prince Production Manager
Susan J. Purkhiser Stunts
Steven E. Reuther Executive Producer
John Robotham Stunts
Randolph Le Roi Stunts
David S. Rowden Stunts
John G. Scotti Asst. Director
Dylan Sellers Producer
Kenny Sheenan Set Decoration/Design
Tim Sitarz Stunts
Bud Smith Cinematographer,Editor
Elena Spiotta Associate Producer
Chad Stahelski Stunts
Erwin Stoff Executive Producer
Leslie Storms Makeup
Mike Thomas Cinematographer
Edward Tise Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Ward Set Decoration/Design
Webster Whinery Stunts
Ellen Wong Makeup
Danny Wynands Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Replacements
1. Deep for a Pass [2:23]
2. Replacement Scheme [4:01]
3. Team Roster [2:19]
4. Footsteps Falco [2:26]
5. Scabs Come to Practice [3:23]
6. Jailbird to Mammoth [2:21]
7. Car - and Other - Troubles [4:05]
8. Red-Shirt Thing [1:52]
9. Auditions With Attitude [2:33]
10. A Con, A Cop and (Pussy)Cats [2:19]
11. Annabelle at the Wheel [2:25]
12. Professional Players [3:18]
13. Not Quite Teamwork [3:44]
14. Team Activity [3:40]
15. Congrats to Gruff [2:49]
16. Get Me the Ball [2:12]
17. Heartbreaker [2:32]
18. The Endzone [3:11]
19. Jail Jubilation [3:19]
20. Wild Yam and Sympathy [3:11]
21. His Protection [2:07]
22. Like Quicksand [3:47]
23. Fat-Guy Dance [2:00]
24. Friendly Distractions [2:39]
25. Gruff's Smokin' [3:49]
26. Falco Scores [4:53]
27. Sticking it to Franklin [3:19]
28. Locker-Room Coverage [1:09]
29. His Replacement [4:35]
30. Farewell toast [3:08]
31. Broken Date [1:30]
32. Martel's Return [4:11]
33. Needed: Heart [1:55]
34. The Rereplacement [3:23]
35. Goin' out Scoring [1:54]
36. Glory Lasts Forever [2:26]
37. A Favor for Gruff [2:39]
38. Final Score (Heroes) [4:00]
39. Greatness (I Will Survive) [1:19]
40. End Credits (The Look in Your Eyes) [5:07]

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The Replacements 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was more about how second team players can come together and play better then first team players. I believe that it shows how if you play as a team you can go further then a individual. The movie starts out showing how greedy some football players can be. This is when Keanu Reeves a broken down young quarterback comes in as the replacement quarterback. I would recomend this movie for everyone because it shows the life and some aspects of football that most people dont get to see. i believe everyone should go to see this movie if you have seen it yet and if you go see it again because you know what im talking about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't generally like Keeanu but he's fine in this film. Gene Hackman's character, however, is the personification of positive thinking and a true joy to watch. The cast of football players are hilarious & have extraordinary chemistry. The romantic storyline & football games are predictable but don't let that stop you from watching this movie. It's a little sexy here & there so watch it before you decide to let your kids watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie its funny and exciting it has good actors and actresses its got everything!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, so the plotline is predictible and the on screen romance really doesn't sizzle, but despite that, I still prefer this movie to many. My husband and I generally have opposite tastes in movies, but this one that we both enjoy seeing over and over again. A great cast, witty writing and a pump you up soundtrack make for great, if mindless, entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rules!! I think that it his one of the funniest movies that I have ever watched.. I fully recommend this to everyone who knows anything about football and enjoys a good time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is all about heart and soul. All about the lessons of life, and team work, and laughter. It's great. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves both do a nice job. Orlando Jones and the other cast members are funny to watch and work well together. Brooke Langton and the other cheerleaders are fun to look at. As another viewer already stated, it is a bit sexy here and there (not that I'm complaining or anything). When the song 'Bad Girls' by Donna Summer starts up, the male viewers should pay close attention at this point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a Keanu Reeves fan, I'm probably prejudiced, but I've got to say that Replacements is one of the greatest football movies I've ever seen. Watching it before the NFL opener has become an annual event in our house! The team's dance to Gloria Gainer's "I Will Survive" is a hoot and the replacement cheerleaders....I don't recommend the movie for kids under 14 due to language and sexual innuendo, but for the rest of us, it's well worth your time and money! There's nothing like a guy in a football uniform....gotta love 'em!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like movies that are hilarious, and fun you should see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie. I was disappointed to see it didn't go further in the ratings/runnings than it did. I laughed so much by the end of the movie my sides hurt. Has a slow beginning but once it gets going it is great. Lots of great new talents that keep you laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey! this is a good movie if you like football and if you dont like football its still good, and theres a few hot guys in spandex so hey, you cant go wrong!