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Paterno (2018)

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The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his ... See full summary »

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Barry Levinson
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Joe Paterno
Kathy Baker ... Sue Paterno
Kenneth Maharaj ... MRI Tech
Michael Mastro ... Guido D'Elia
Joshua Morgan ... Bobby - Media Wrangler
Ross Degraw ... Sports Producer
Mitchell L. Mack Mitchell L. Mack ... Devon Smith (as Mitchell Mack)
Larry Mitchell ... Jay Paterno
Darren Goldstein ... Mike McQueary
Riley Keough ... Sara Ganim
Nicholas Sadler ... Todd - Press Photographer
Sir Brodie ... Security Guard
Greg Grunberg ... Scott Paterno
Annie Parisse ... Mary Kay Paterno
Vito Vitiello Vito Vitiello ... Sports Director
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The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.

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The greater the legend, the harder the fall.


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TV-MA

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Valley See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Barry Levinson was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special category for Paterno (2018), but lost to Ryan Murphy for American Crime Story: The Man Who Would Be Vogue (2018). See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sara Ganim: Uh, I'm sorry. You said... 1976?
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Soundtracks

Penn State Alma Mater
Written by Fred Lewis Pattee and Charles Crozat Converse (as C.C. Converse)
Arranged by Thornton W. Allen
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An Actor's Actor
29 April 2018 | by fanaticusanonymousSee all my reviews

I'm not going to talk about the film as a film because, it seems to me, a pointless exercise. We all know the story. Painful, bitter, shattering. What we didn't know, what we couldn't even imagine is what was in Joe Paterno's heart in mind. Now we have a plausible, profoundly human version of it, in Al Pacino's eyes. I saw a decent man of his generation confronted by the new approach to decency. I saw in his eyes a sort of resignation, the kind of resignation suffered by the decent man who knows he's guilty. Al Pacino is still breaking ground, still at the vanguard of his own profession. Hurrah !


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