During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.

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Howard Deutch

Writer:

Vince McKewin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Shane Falco
Gene Hackman ... Jimmy McGinty
Brooke Langton ... Annabelle Farrell
Orlando Jones ... Clifford Franklin
Faizon Love ... Jamal
Michael Taliferro ... Andre (as Michael 'Bear' Taliferro)
Ace Yonamine ... Fumiko
Troy Winbush ... Walter Cochran
David Denman ... Brian Murphy
Jon Favreau ... Bateman
Michael Jace ... Wilkinson
Rhys Ifans ... Nigel Gruff
Gailard Sartain ... Pilachowski
Art LaFleur ... Banes
Brett Cullen ... Eddie Martel
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A comedy based on the 1987 professional football players' strike. Gene Hackman plays the coach of the team, Jack Warden is the owner, Brett Cullen is the All-Pro quarterback that goes on strike and Keanu Reeves is the "scab" who replaces the star QB. Written by Anonymous

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Pain heals, Chicks dig scars... Glory lasts forever See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some crude sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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Mark Steven Johnson did uncredited revisions on the script. See more »

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In several shots of the game clock, it is frozen, even during sequences when it should be running. In fact, it is obvious that every shot of the game clock is of a painted tarp, and that the clock is incapable of running. See more »

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Banes: [prison guards are unshackling Ray Smith] Well I'm sure that you've briefed as to your situation here. Coach McGinty has requested that you be turned over to us for the next five weeks, and the governor has been kind enough to comply. You know...
Earl Wilkinson: Nice watch.
Banes: What? Oh this. Uh... It's a... It's a fake.
[shakes watch, lifts watch to ear]
Banes: Damn thing is always broken. It's only right twice a day.
[nervous laugh]
Banes: Well, why don't we go ahead and join the others, shall we? No sense staying here, now, by ...
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Takin' Care of Business
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"There is no tomorrow for you, and that makes you very dangerous people."
30 June 2001 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

Those are the words of coach (Hackman) before the final regular season game for the "replacement" players, filling in for the striking regulars. The "never-been" QB (Keanu Reeves) must try to lead them to victory.

"The Replacements" is primarily a good screwball comedy, in the vein of, but significantly better than, "Best of Show" and "The Waterboy." Some may even take a "message" away, about the importance of teamwork, belief in oneself, true love (QB and the head cheerleader). But that is all secondary.

I rate this one highly for pure escapism entertainment, but also with good acting by Reeves and Hackman, and some almost-believable football action, heavily interlaced with goofiness. The lap-dancers turned cheerleaders, who totally distract the opposing team. The tag-team vomiting during the huddle, after the Japanese sumo wrestler eats too many eggs before the game ("I gotta beef up!") The cop who, like in the "Waterboy", can get enraged (Coach says, "I want you to get me the ball," and he does.) The Welsh kicker who is "wirr-rrry strong" and smokes a cigarette while kicking. The "I will survive" dance in jail, after the barroom brawl with the 'regulars.'

To make a good screwball comedy, the writer and director have to walk a fine line and here they do it well. John Madden and Pat Summerall, playing announcers, are genuinely funny. The DVD picture, and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, are up to standards.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Replacements See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,039,214, 13 August 2000

Gross USA:

$44,737,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,054,511
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