The replacements - Howard Deutch, Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton
Threat advisory: Guarded - General risk of entertaining activities
Pros on strike. Everyday guys get to play.
In this comedy, a mismatched crew of outsiders get a second chance at greatness when they are recruited to play pro football after the regular team goes on strike. As they amaze everyone with their winning streak, the ragtag group discovers in itself the ability to dream bigger. Based on the 1987 professional football players' strike that led to teams recruiting players from various sources (eg ex-university, ex-pro, minor leagues).
Persons of interest
- Keanu Reeves .... Shane Falco
- Gene Hackman .... Jimmy McGinty
- Brooke Langton .... Annabelle Farrell
- Orlando Jones .... Clifford Franklin
- Faizon Love .... Jamal Jackson
- Michael Taliferro .... Andre Jackson
- Ace Yonamine .... Jumbo
- Troy Winbush .... Walter Cochran
- David Denman .... Brian Murphy
- Jon Favreau .... Daniel Bateman
- Michael Jace .... Earl Wilkinson/Ray Smith
- Rhys Ifans .... Nigel "The Leg" Gruff
- Gailard Sartain .... Pilachowski
- Art LaFleur .... Banes
- Brett Cullen .... Eddie Martel
- Archie L Harris Junior .... Wilson Carr
- Evan Parke .... Malcolm La Mont
- John Madden .... Himself
- Pat Summerall .... Himself
- Jack Warden .... Edward O'Neil
- Vince McKewin .... Screenwriter
- Howard Deutch .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- The replacements official movie site
- Awards and film festivals:
- See also Invincible
- Studios and distributors:
Secret Agent Acid Thunder
I can't say much about The replacements because I don't want to spoil it for you. Ha. Ha.
It's American, it's about grid iron and it's only one step up from Varsity blues. I didn't like that movie either.
Secret Agent Matti
Varsity blues meets Remember the Titans on Any given Sunday. The replacements isn't as bad as Secret Agent Acid Thunder thinks, it's just more blatant in celebrating the ideology of sport star as hero. The tacky voice over from Gene Hackman that was tacked on the end is tragic, but Americans aren't very intelligent so they need the blatantly obvious spelled out for them.
Think of it as Gladiator without the benefit of a historical setting and remember that the citizens of the USA just voted a second George Bush as president.
FYI: Watch out for David Denman, who plays the deaf running back: I predict a future in film.
Security censorship classification
M (Low level violence, low level coarse language)
117 minutes (1:57 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 9 November 2000
VHS rental: 2 May 2001