Louisiana football star Gavin Grey had it all. He was an All-American champion who married his high-school sweetheart, homecoming queen Babs Rogers, and who was a hero to his hometown. Yet after a failed professional career, Gavin realizes that fame and success have passed him by and that he no longer is the hero everyone keeps reminding him he should still be. His dissatisfaction with his life leads to strains in his marriage, and Gavin begins to wonder who he is, if he's not a hero anymore.Written by
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John Goodman did actually play college football, at Southwest Missouri State. An injury ended the possibility of a football career, causing him to pursue a drama major instead. See more »
During Gavin Gray's first NFL game in 1957, the uniforms depicted for the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers are not historically accurate. The Redskins did not employ the burgundy helmet with the feather stripe along the back until the 1958 season, and the Steelers didn't adopt the Steelmark helmet logo until 1962 and they didn't use black helmets until 1963. In 1957 the Redskins used solid gold helmets and the Steelers used yellow helmets with a single black stripe along the center and black numerals on either side. See more »
[about the Gray Ghost's theme restaurant]
I'm running this place. I'm good at it. Did anybody ever think I was good at anything? I sure didn't.
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Even though I do not watch sports anymore, I used to watch them quite a lot and will still watch this movie whenever it's on TV. Definitely one of the best sports films of all time, realistic and superbly acted, this film follows a quarterback hero and his "trophy" wife from college to well beyond retirement. Topics of love, friendship, fidelity, aging and loyalty are all dealt with in profound ways. Dennis Quaid and Jessica Lange give probably their best performances ever and the supporting cast does not disappoint. It is melodramatic, but it comes from a place of integrity instilled in the writing and direction of the film. If you're a guy and in the mood to watch something both you and your girl can enjoy, I would highly recommend renting this. It's too bad that so many below average sports movies get more praise than they deserve and lesser known films like this one fall by the wayside. 9/10
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