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12 Angry Men (1957)

by Jenoa Haymor on Jan.04, 2011, under Drama

Director: Sidney Lumet
Country: USA
Length: 96 min
Language: English
Budget: $350,000
IMDb: 8.80 (58572 votes)

Actors

Martin Balsam (Juror #1), John Fiedler (Juror #2), Lee J. Cobb (Juror #3), E.G. Marshall (Juror #4), Jack Klugman (Juror #5), Ed Binns (Juror #6), Jack Warden (Juror #7), Henry Fonda (Juror #8), Joseph Sweeney (Juror #9), Ed Begley (Juror #10), George Voskovec (Juror #11), Robert Webber (Juror #12), Rudy Bond (Judge), James Kelly (Guard), Billy Nelson (Court Clerk)

Storyline

Heralded as one of the all-time great theatrical releases, “12 Angry Men” focuses on a jury’s deliberations in a capital murder case. A 12-man jury is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused in the stabbing death of his father, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence. The case appears to be open-and-shut: The defendant has a weak alibi; a knife he claimed to have lost is found at the murder scene; and several witnesses either heard screaming, saw the killing or the boy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately vote guilty; only Juror No. 8 (Mr. Davis, played by Henry Fonda) casts a not guilty vote. At first Mr. Davis’ bases his vote moreso for the sake of discussion after all, the jurors must believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. As the deliberations unfold, the story quickly becomes a study of the jurors’ complex personalities (which range from wise, bright and empathetic to arrogant, prejudiced and merciless), preconceptions, backgrounds and interactions. That provides the backdrop to Mr. Davis’ attempts in convincing the other jurors that a “not guilty” verdict might be appropriate.

Quotes

  • Juror #8: Look, there was one alleged eye witness to this killing. Someone else claims he heard the killing, saw the boy run out afterwards and there was a lot of circumstantial evidence. But, actually, those two witnesses were the entire case for the prosecution. Supposing they’re wrong?
    Juror #12: What do you mean, supposing they’re wrong? What’s the point of having witnesses at all?
    Juror #8: Could they be wrong?
    Juror #12: What are you trying to say? Those people sat on the stand under oath.
    Juror #8: They’re only people. People make mistakes. Could they be wrong?
    Juror #12: Well, no, I don’t think so.
    Juror #8: Do you ‘know’ so?
    Juror #12: Oh, come on. Nobody can know a thing like that. This isn’t an exact science.
    Juror #8: That’s right, it isn’t.
  • Juror #8: I’d like to find out if an old man who drags one foot when he walks, cause he had a stroke last year, could get from his bedroom to his front door in fifteen seconds.
    Juror #3: He said twenty seconds.
    Juror #8: He said fifteen!
    Juror #3: He said twenty seconds! What are you tryin’ to distort…
    Juror #9: He said fifteen.
    Juror #3: How does he know how long fifteen seconds is? You can’t judge a thing like that.
    Juror #9: He said fifteen seconds. He was very positive about it.
    Juror #3: He was an old man. Half the time he was confused. How could he be positive about anything! [realizes what he's just admitted]
  • Juror #7: I don’t know about the rest of ‘em but I’m gettin’ a little tired of this yakity-yack and back-and-forth, it’s gettin’ us nowhere. So I guess *I’ll* have to break it up; I change my vote to “not guilty.”
    Juror #3: You *what*?
    Juror #7: You heard me, I… had enough.
    Juror #3: What do you mean you’ve had enough? That’s no answer!
    Juror #7: Hey listen, you just uh… take care of yourself, huh? You know?
    Juror #11: He’s right. That’s not an answer. What kind of a man are you? You have sat here and voted “guilty” with everyone else because there are some baseball tickets burning a hole in your pocket? And now you’ve changed your vote because you say you’re sick of all the talking here?
    Juror #7: Now listen buddy!
    Juror #11: Who tells you that you have the right like this to play with a man’s life? Don’t you care…
    Juror #7: Now wait a minute! You can’t talk like that to me!
    Juror #11: I *can* talk like that to you! If you want to vote “not guilty” then do it because you are convinced the man is not guilty, not because you’ve had enough. And if you think he is guilty then vote that way! But don’t you have the guts to do what you think is right?
    Juror #7: Now listen…
    Juror #11: Guilty or not guilty?
    Juror #7: I told ya! Not guilty!
    Juror #11: Why?
    Juror #7: …Look, I don’t have tuh…
    Juror #11: You *do* have to! Say it! Why?
    Juror #7: Uhh… I don’t uh… think he’s guilty!
    Juror #11: [stares back with impatient resignation and finally sits down]
  • [after Juror #10 explains that he believes the boy is guilty because of the testimony of the woman across the street]
    Juror #8: I’d like to ask you something: you don’t believe the boy’s story; how come you believe the woman’s? She’s one of ‘them’, too, isn’t she?
    Juror #10: You’re a pretty smart fella, aren’t you?
  • Juror #3: What do you mean you want to try it? Why didn’t his lawyer bring it up if it’s so important?
    Juror #5: Well, maybe he just didn’t think about it huh?
    Juror #10: What do you mean didn’t think of it? Do you think the man’s an idiot or something? It’s an obvious thing.
    Juror #5: Did you think of it?
    Juror #10: Listen smart guy, it don’t matter whether I thought of it. He didn’t bring it up because he knew it would hurt his case. What do you think of that?
    Juror #8: Maybe he didn’t bring it up because it would of meant bullying and badgering a helpless old man. You know that doesn’t sit very well with a jury; most lawyers avoid it if they can.
    Juror #7: So what kind of a bum is he then?
    Juror #8: That’s what I’ve been asking, buddy.
  • Juror #3: You’re talking about a matter of seconds. Nobody can be that accurate.
    Juror #8: Well I think that testimony that can put a boy into the electric chair SHOULD be that accurate.
  • Juror #11: I beg pardon…
    Juror #10: “I beg pardon?” What are you so polite about?
    Juror #11: For the same reason you are not: it’s the way I was brought up.
  • Juror #10: All right, who was it? I wanna know.
    Juror #11: Excuse me, this was a secret ballot. We all agreed on that. Now if the gentleman wants it to remain secret…
    Juror #3: Secret? What do you mean secret? There are no secrets in a jury room, I know who it was.
    [to Juror #5]
    Juror #3: Brother, you really are something, you sit here vote guilty like the rest of us, then some golden-voiced preacher starts tearing your poor heart out about some underprivileged kid, just couldn’t help becoming a murderer, and you change your vote. Well if that isn’t the most sickening… Why don’t you drop a quarter in his collection box!
    Juror #5: Oh now just wait a minute, listen, you can’t talk to me that, who do you think you are?
    Juror #4: Now calm down, calm down!
    Juror #5: No, now who do you think you are?
    Juror #4: It doesn’t matter, he’s very excitable, just sit down.
    Juror #3: Excitable! You bet I’m excitable. We are trying to put a guilty man in the chair where he belongs, and then someone starts telling us fairytales and we’re listening!
    Juror #1: Heya, c’mon now.
    Juror #3: [to Juror #5] What made you change your vote?
    Juror #9: He didn’t change his vote. I did!
    Juror #10: Ohhh fine.
    Juror #9: Would you like me to tell ya why?
    Juror #7: No I wouldn’t like you to tell me why…
    Juror #9: Well I’d like to make it clear anyways, if you don’t mind.
    Juror #10: Do we have to listen to this?
    Juror #6: The man wants to talk.
    Juror #9: Thank you.
    [motions to Juror #8]
    Juror #9: This gentleman has been standing alone against us. Now he doesn’t say that the boy is not guilty, he just isn’t sure. Well it’s not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others, so he gambled for support and I gave it to him. I respect his motives. The boy is probably guilty, but – eh, I want to hear more. Right now the vote is ten to two.
    [Juror #7 gets up and heads to the bathroom]
    Juror #9: Now I’m talking here, you have no right to leave this room…
    Juror #8: He can’t hear you, and he never will. Let’s sit down.
  • Juror #10: I don’t understand you people! I mean all these picky little points you keep bringing up. They don’t mean nothing. You saw this kid just like I did. You’re not gonna tell me you believe that phony story about losing the knife, and that business about being at the movies. Look, you know how these people lie! It’s born in them! I mean what the heck? I don’t have to tell you. They don’t know what the truth is! And lemme tell you, they don’t need any real big reason to kill someone, either! No sir!
    [Five gets up from his seat]
    Juror #10: They get drunk… oh, they’re real big drinkers, all of ‘em – you know that – and bang: someone’s lyin’ in the gutter. Oh, nobody’s blaming them for it. That’s the way they are! By nature! You know what I mean? VIOLENT!
    Juror #10: [Nine rises and crosses to the window] Where’re you going?
    Juror #10: Human life don’t mean as much to them as it does to us!
    [Eleven gets up and walks to the other window]
    Juror #10: Look, they’re lushing it up and fighting all the time and if somebody gets killed, so somebody gets killed! They don’t care! Oh, sure, there are some good things about ‘em, too. Look, I’m the first one to say that.
    [Eight gets up and walks to the nearest wall]
    Juror #10: I’ve known a couple who were OK, but that’s the exception, y’know what I mean?
    [Two and Six get up from the table. Everyone's back is to Ten]
    Juror #10: Most of ‘em, it’s like they have no feelings! They can do anything! What’s goin’ on here? I’m trying to tell you… you’re makin’ a big mistake, you people! This kid is a liar! I know it. I know all about them! Listen to me! They’re no good! There’s not a one of ‘em who is any good! I mean, what’s happening in here? I’m speaking my piece, and you…
    [the Foreman gets up and walks away. So does Twelve]
    Juror #10: Listen to me. We’re… This kid on trial here… his type, well, don’t you know about them? There’s a, there’s a danger here. These people are dangerous. They’re wild. Listen to me. Listen.
    Juror #4: I have. Now sit down and don’t open your mouth again.
  • Juror #5: Boy oh boy, it’s really hot, huh? Pardon me, but don’t you ever sweat?
    Juror #4: No, I don’t.
  • Juror #8: There’s something else I’d like to talk about for a minute. I think we’ve proved that the old man couldn’t have heard the boy say “I’m gonna kill you,” but supposing…
    Juror #10: You didn’t prove it at all. What’re you talking about?
    Juror #8: But supposing he really did hear it. This phrase, how many times have all of us used it? Probably thousands. “I could kill you for that, darling.” “Junior, you do that once more and I’m gonna kill you.” “Get in there, Rocky, and kill him!” We say it every day. That doesn’t mean we’re going to kill anyone.
    Juror #3: Wait a minute. What are you trying to give us here? The phrase was “I’m gonna kill you.” The kid yelled it at the top of his lungs! Don’t tell me he didn’t mean it. Anybody says a thing like that the way he said it, they mean it.
  • Juror #10: Bright? He’s a common ignorant slob. He don’t even speak good English.
    Juror #11: Doesn’t even speak good English.
  • Juror #2: It’s hard to put into words. I just think he’s guilty. I thought it was obvious from the word, ‘Go’. Nobody proved otherwise.
    Juror #8: Nobody has to prove otherwise. The burden of proof is on the prosecution. The defendant doesn’t even have to open his mouth. That’s in the Constitution.
  • Juror #3: It’s these kids – the way they are nowadays. When I was a kid I used to call my father, ‘Sir’. That’s right… ‘Sir’. You ever hear a kid call his father that anymore?
    Juror #8: Fathers don’t seem to think it’s important anymore.
    Juror #3: You got any kids?
    Juror #8: Three.
    Juror #3: I got one. Twenty-two years old. [takes photo from his wallet and shows it to Juror #8] Aah. When he was nine years old he ran away from a fight. I saw it; I was so embarrassed I almost threw up. I said, “I’m gonna make a man outa you if I have to break you in two tryin’”. And I made a man out of him. When he was sixteen we had a fight. Hit me in the jaw – a big kid. Haven’t seen him for two years. Kids… work your heart out…
  • [last lines]
    Juror #9: Hey… what’s your name?
    Juror #8: Davis.
    Juror #9: Mine name’s McCardle.
    [pause]
    Juror #9: Well, so long.
    Juror #8: So long.
  • [first lines]
    [In a tedious manner, sounding bored and tired]
    Judge: To continue, you’ve listened to a long and complex case: murder in the first degree. Premeditated murder is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts . You’ve listened to the testimony, you’ve had the law read to you and interpreted as it applies in this case. It’s now your duty to sit down and try to separate the facts from the fancy. One man is dead. Another man’s life is at stake. If there is a reasonable doubt in your minds as to the guilt of the accused, a reasonable doubt, then you must bring me a verdict of ‘Not Guilty’. If, however, there’s no reasonable doubt, then you must, in good conscience, find the accused “Guilty”. However you decide, your verdict must be unanimous. In the event you find the accused ‘Guilty’, the bench will not entertain a recommendation for mercy. The death sentence is mandatory in this case. You’re faced with a grave responsibility. Thank you, gentlemen.
  • [Juror 8 has convinced everyone to change their votes to 'not guilty' except for Juror 3]
    Juror #7: Well, what do we do now?
    Juror #7: [to #3] You’re alone.
    Juror #3: I don’t care whether I’m alone or not! It’s my right.
    Juror #8: It’s your right.
    Juror #3: Well, what do you want? I say he’s guilty.
    Juror #8: We want to hear your arguments.
    Juror #3: I gave you my arguments!
    Juror #8: We’re not convinced. We want to hear them again. We have as much time as it takes.
    Juror #3: Everything… every single thing that took place in that courtroom, but I mean everything… says he’s guilty. What d’ya think? I’m an idiot or somethin’? Why don’t cha take that stuff about the old man; the old man who lived there and heard every thing? Or this business about the knife! What, ’cause we found one exactly like it? The old man SAW him. Right there on the stairs. What’s the difference how many seconds it was? Every single thing. The knife falling through a hole in his pocket… you can’t PROVE he didn’t get to the door! Sure, you can take all the time hobblin’ around the room, but you can’t PROVE it! And what about this business with the El? And the movies! There’s a phony deal if I ever heard one. I betcha five thousand dollars I’d remember the movies I saw! I’m tellin’ ya: every thing that’s gone on has been twisted… and turned. This business with the glasses. How do you know she didn’t have ‘em on? This woman testified in open court! And what about hearin’ the kid yell… huh? I’m tellin’ ya, I’ve got all the facts here…
    Juror #3: [He struggles with his notebook, throws it on the table. The photo of him with his son is on top] Here… Ah. Well, that’s it – that’s the whole case!
    [He turns towards the window as the other jurors stare at him]
    Juror #3: Well… say something! You lousy bunch of bleedin’ hearts. You’re not goin’ to intimidate me – I’m entitled to my opinion!
    [He sees the picture of his son on the table]
    Juror #3: Rotten kids… you work your life out!
    [He grabs the picture and tears it to pieces. He suddenly realizes what he's doing]
    Juror #3: [Breaks down] No. Not guilty. Not guilty.
  • Juror #8: I just think we owe him a few words, that’s all.
    Juror #10: I don’t mind telling you this, mister: we don’t owe him a thing. He got a fair trial, didn’t he? What do you think that trial cost? He’s lucky he got it. Know what I mean? Now, look – we’re all grown-ups in here. We heard the facts, didn’t we? You’re not gonna tell me that we’re supposed to believe this kid, knowing what he is. Listen, I’ve lived among them all my life – you can’t believe a word they say, you know that. I mean they’re born liars.
    Juror #9: Only an ignorant man can believe that.
    Juror #10: Now, listen…
    Juror #9: Do you think you were born with a monopoly on the truth? I think certain things should be pointed out to this man.
  • Juror #10: Oh, listen, I don’t see what all this stuff about the knife has got to do with anything. Somebody saw the kid stab his Father, what more do we need? You guys can talk the ears right off my head you know what I mean? I got three garages of mine going to pot while you’re talking! So lets get down and get out of here!
  • Juror #3: Look, you voted guilty. What side are you on?
    Juror #11: I don’t believe I have to be loyal to one side or the other. I’m simply asking questions.
  • Juror #7: You a Yankee fan?
    Juror #5: No, Baltimore.
    Juror #7: Baltimore? That’s like being hit in the head with a crow bar once a day.
  • Juror #8: I just want to talk.
    Juror #7: Well, what’s there to talk about? Eleven men in here think he’s guilty. No one had to think about it twice except you.
    Juror #10: I want to to ask you something: do you believe his story?
    Juror #8: I don’t know whether I believe it or not – maybe I don’t.
    Juror #7: So how come you vote not guilty?
    Juror #8: Well, there were eleven votes for guilty. It’s not easy to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first.
    Juror #7: Well now, who says it’s easy?
    Juror #8: No one.
    Juror #7: What, just because I voted fast? I honestly think the guy’s guilty. Couldn’t change my mind if you talked for a hundred years.
    Juror #8: I’m not trying to change your mind. It’s just that… we’re talking about somebody’s life here. We can’t decide it in five minutes. Supposing we’re wrong?
    Juror #7: Supposing we’re wrong! Supposing this whole building should fall down on my head. You can suppose anything!
    Juror #8: That’s right.
  • Juror #8: According to the testimony, the boy looks guilty… maybe he is. I sat there in court for six days listening while the evidence built up. Everybody sounded so positive, you know, I… I began to get a peculiar feeling about this trial. I mean nothing is that positive. There’re a lot of questions I’d have liked to ask. I don’t know, maybe they wouldn’t have meant anything, but… I began to get the feeling that the defense counsel wasn’t conducting a thorough enough cross-examination. I mean he… he let too many things go by… little things that…
    Juror #10: What little things? Listen, when these fellas don’t ask questions it’s because they know the answers already and they figure they’ll be hurt.
    Juror #8: Maybe. It’s also possible for a lawyer to be just plain stupid, isn’t it? I mean it’s possible.
    Juror #7: You sound like you met my brother-in-law.
  • [after Juror #8 has established that the old man witness could not have heard the killing over the noise of the elevated train]
    Juror #3: Why should he lie? What’s he got to gain?
    Juror #9: Attention, maybe.
    Juror #3: You keep coming in with these bright sayings. Why don’t you send ‘em into a paper – they pay three dollars apiece.
    Juror #6: What are you talkin’ to him like that for? Guy talks like that to an old man really oughta get stepped on, you know. You oughta have more respect, mister. If you say stuff like that to him again… I’m gonna lay you out.
  • [after another vote is taken, the count is six to six]
    Juror #10: Six to six… I’m telling you, some of you people in here must be out of your minds. A kid like that…
    Juror #9: I don’t think the kind of boy he is has anything to do with it. The facts are supposed to determine the case.
    Juror #10: Don’t give me that. I’m sick and tired of facts! You can twist ‘em anyway you like, you know what I mean?
    Juror #9: That’s exactly the point this gentleman has been making. [indicates Juror #8]
  • Juror #8: Here’s what I think happened: the old man heard the fight between the boy and his father a few hours earlier. Then, when he’s lying in his bed he heard a body hit the floor in the boy’s apartment, heard the woman scream from across the street, got to his front door as fast as he could, heard somebody racing down the stairs and assumed it was the boy.
    Juror #6: I think that’s possible.
    Juror #3: ASSUMED? Brother, I’ve seen all kinds of dishonesty in my day, but this little display takes the cake. Y’all come in here with your hearts bleedin’ all over the floor about slum kids and injustice; you listen to some fairy tales; suddenly you start gettin’ through to some of these old ladies… well, you’re not getting through to me, I’ve had enough! WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU GUYS? You all know he’s guilty. He’s got to burn! You’re letting him slip through our fingers.
    Juror #8: Slip through our fingers? Are you his executioner?
    Juror #3: I’m one of ‘em!
    Juror #8: Perhaps you’d like to pull the switch?
    Juror #3: For this kid? You bet I would!
    Juror #8: I feel sorry for you… what it must feel like to want to pull the switch. [baiting him] Ever since you walked into this room, you’ve been acting like a self-appointed public avenger! You want to see this boy die because you personally want it, not because of the facts! You’re a sadist!
    [Three lunges wildly at Eight, who holds his ground. Several jurors hold Three back]
    Juror #3: I’ll kill him! I’LL KILL HIM!
    Juror #8: You don’t *really* mean you’ll kill me, do you?
  • Juror #8: It’s always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth. I don’t really know what the truth is. I don’t suppose anybody will ever really know. Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we’re just gambling on probabilities – we may be wrong. We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I don’t know. Nobody really can. But we have a reasonable doubt, and that’s something that’s very valuable in our system. No jury can declare a man guilty unless it’s SURE. We nine can’t understand how you three are still so sure. Maybe you can tell us.
  • Juror #3: That business before when that tall guy, what’s-his-name, was trying to bait me? That doesn’t prove anything. I’m a pretty excitable person. I mean, where does he come off calling me a public avenger, sadist and everything? Anyone in his right mind would blow his stack. He was just trying to bait me.
    Juror #4: He did an excellent job.
  • Juror #6: Well, I’m not used to supposin’. I’m just a workin’ man. My boss does all the supposin’ – but I’ll try one. Supposin’ you talk us all out of this and, uh, the kid really did knife his father?
  • [Juror #9 has pointed out that the woman witness across the street had marks on her nose indicating she normally wore glasses]
    Juror #8: [to Juror #4] Do you wear glasses when you go to bed?
    Juror #4: No. I don’t. No one wears eyeglasses to bed.
    Juror #8: It’s logical to assume that she wasn’t wearing them when she was in bed. Tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep.
    Juror #3: How do you know?
    Juror #8: I don’t know – I’m guessing! I’m also guessing that she probably didn’t put her glasses on when she turned to look casually out of the window. And she, herself, testified the killing took place just as she looked out. The lights went off a split second later – she couldn’t have had time to put them on then. Here’s another guess: maybe she honestly thought she saw the boy kill his father – I say she only saw a blur.
    Juror #3: How do you know WHAT she saw? How does he know all that? How do you know what kind of glasses she wore? Maybe they were sunglasses. Maybe she was far-sighted. What do you know about it?
    Juror #8: I only know the woman’s eyesight is in question now.
    Juror #11: She had to be able to identify a person sixty feet away – at night – without glasses.
    Juror #2: You can’t send someone off to die on evidence like that!
    Juror #3: Oh, don’t give me that.
    Juror #8: Don’t you think the woman might have made a mistake?
    Juror #3: No.
    Juror #8: It’s not POSSIBLE?
    Juror #3: No, it’s not possible!
    Juror #3: [Juror #8 goes to Juror #12] Is it possible?
    Juror #12: [nods] Not guilty.
    Juror #8: [#8 goes to #10] Do you think he’s guilty? [#10 shakes his head 'no']
    Juror #3: I think he’s guilty!
    Juror #8: [#8 goes to #4] Do you?
    Juror #4: No. I’m convinced. Not guilty.
    Juror #3: What’s the matter with you?
    Juror #4: I have a reasonable doubt, now.
    Juror #9: Eleven to one!

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Facts

  • For many years, only the first half of the kinescope of the TV version of “Twelve Angry Men” broadcast live on Sept. 20, 1954 (“Studio One” (1948) {Twelve Angry Men (#7.1)}_) was thought to survive, and had been in the possession of the Museum of Television and Radio since 1976. In 2003 a complete 16mm kinescope was discovered in the collection of ‘Judge Samuel Leibowitz’ (former defense attorney and judge) and was also acquired by the museum.
  • After a short but rigorous rehearsal schedule, the film was shot in less than three weeks for a budget of just $350,000.
  • Nominated for 3 Oscars, the film lost out in all its categories to _The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
  • The “unusual-looking knife” in this movie is an Italian stiletto switchblade with a Filipino-style Kriss blade.
  • The film received a personal recommendation from ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’.
  • When first broadcast as a teleplay on TV’s “Studio One” on 20 September 1954, the jurors were ‘Norman Fell’, ‘John Beal’, ‘Franchot Tone’, ‘Walter Abel’, ‘Lee Philips’, ‘Bart Burns’, ‘Paul Hartman’, ‘Robert Cummings’, ‘Joseph Sweeney’, ‘Edward Arnold’, ‘George Voskovec’, Will West. ‘Joseph Sweeney’ and ‘George Voskovec’ were the only two actors to reprise their roles for the film.
  • As shooting of the film went on, director ‘Sidney Lumet’ gradually changed to lenses of longer focal lengths, so that the backgrounds seemed to close in on the characters, creating a greater feeling of claustrophobia.
  • ‘Henry Fonda’ immediately complained to ‘Sidney Lumet’ about the cheap backdrops outside the jury room windows when he walked on set. “They look like shit. Hitch had great backdrops, you could walk right in them,” said Fonda, referring to the previous film he made with ‘Alfred Hitchcock’, The Wrong Man (1956). Lumet assured him that the director of photography ‘Boris Kaufman’ had a plan to make them work.
  • With the death of ‘Jack Warden’ (Juror #7) on July 19, 2006, ‘Jack Klugman’ (Juror #5) is the only one of the twelve stars of 12 Angry Men (1957) who is still alive.
  • Most of the hard-working (relatively inexperienced) crew were longshoremen. Because there wasn’t enough movie work to feed them all year, they’d have two union cards: their Local 52 cards and their ILA cards.
  • Because the painstaking rehearsals for the film lasted an exhausting two weeks, filming had to be completed in an unprecedented 21 days.
  • ‘Henry Fonda’ was asked by United Artists to make this film, so he did it as both actor and producer. He was, however, very frustrated at being producer and decided never to do so again.
  • All but three minutes of the film was shot inside the bare and confining, sixteen by twenty-four foot “jury room”.
  • The melody juror #7 whistles before juror #8’s reenactment of the handicapped man walking to the door is “Dance of the cuckoos”, which is also the theme song for the “Laurel & Hardy” series.
  • Shot in a total of 365 separate takes.
  • ‘Jack Lemmon’ appears in Mister Roberts (1955) with ‘Henry Fonda’, in which he takes over Fonda’s position of Morale Officer when Fonda is transferred off the USS Reluctant. In the 1997 remake 12 Angry Men (1997) (TV), Lemmon plays the same juror that Fonda played in the original 12 Angry Men (1957).
  • ‘Henry Fonda’, who symbolically wears white throughout the film, personally asked ‘Sidney Lumet’ to direct the movie adaptation, having been impressed with his work on the TV version, “Studio One” (1948) {Twelve Angry Men (#7.1)}_.
  • Only two jurors are ever identified by name: #8 Mr. Davis and #9 Mr. McCardle. And all but two are identified by job or profession: #1 High School Football Coach, #2 Bank Teller, #3 Owns Messenger Service, #4 Stock Broker, #6 Painter, #7 Salesman, #8 Architect, #10 Garage Owner, #11 Watch Maker, and #12 Advertising Exec.
  • In the jury room, the characters are identified by their numbers as they are seated around the table. Only two have their surnames revealed. In an epilogue, ‘Henry Fonda’ (Juror #8) and ‘Joseph Sweeney’ (Juror #9) meet briefly on the courthouse steps. Fonda introduces himself as “Davis”, Sweeney as “McCardle”.
  • Though the final scene in the film primarily involves Juror #8 and #9, the other 10 jurors can all be seen descending the courthouse steps and going their own separate ways.
  • In 1957, United Artists distributed this film on a double bill with _Five Steps to Danger (1957) starring ‘Ruth Roman’ and ‘Sterling Hayden’.
  • ‘Sidney Lumet’ had the actors all stay in the same room for hours on end and do their lines over and over without taping them. This was to give them a real taste of what it would be like to be cooped up in a room with the same people.
  • Because of the demands of the film’s low budget, if the lighting was set up for a shot that took place from one particular angle, all the shots from that same angle had to be filmed then and there. This meant that different sides of the same conversation were sometimes shot several weeks apart.
  • [June 2008] Ranked #2 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Courtroom Drama”.
  • As the film failed to make a profit, ‘Henry Fonda’ never received his deferred salary. Despite this setback, Fonda always regarded 12 Angry Men (1957) as one of the three best films he ever made, the other two being The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and The Ox-Bow Incident (1943).
  • Despite numerous critical accolades, the film was not a box office success on first release.
  • At the beginning of the film, the cameras are all positioned above eye level and mounted with wide-angle lenses to give the appearance of greater distance between the subjects. As the film progresses the cameras slip down to eye level. By the end of the film, nearly all of it is shot below eye level, in close-up and with telephoto lenses to increase the encroaching sense of claustrophobia.
  • ‘Reginald Rose’’s TV play script was left virtually intact in its move to feature film.
  • ‘Henry Fonda’ disliked watching himself on film, so he did not watch the whole film in the projection room. But before he walked out he said quietly to director ‘Sidney Lumet’, “Sidney, it’s magnificent.”
  • Debut of ‘John Fiedler’.
  • After Juror #10’s prejudicial rant about the poor and everybody turns their backs on him, Juror #4 tells him to “sit down and don’t open [his] mouth again.” Juror #10 thus doesn’t say anything for the rest of the film (when prompted for his final vote he shakes his head “not guilty,” and doesn’t verbalize anything).
  • Upon its release, the film generated enough buzz to warrant a spread in Life magazine.
  • ‘Lee J. Cobb’’s character insults Juror #12 by calling him “The Boy in the Gray Flannel Suit.” One year before the release of 12 Angry Men (1957) Cobb starred in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), which also featured ‘Joseph Sweeney’ (Juror #9).

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Goofs

  • Many shots of the jurors’ watches are inconsistent with “film time”.
  • Within the last half hour of the movie, the clock on the wall in the jury room can be seen indicating 6:15. Several minutes later, E.G. Marshall states that it is “a quarter after six”. Several minutes after that, the wall clock is seen again, but still shows 6:15. Still later, when Lee J. Cobb leans over the table after he tears up the snapshot from his wallet, his watch can be seen indicating 5:10.
  • SPOILER: Several of the techniques used in the jury room, including Juror No. 8’s (Henry Fonda’s) purchase of the switchblade and the attempt to recreate the time it took the handicapped neighbor to move around his apartment, are known as “jury experiments” and are highly improper. Jurors are not supposed to investigate a case nor to try to re-enact events by acting them out in the jury room. Because the case resulted in an acquittal, it probably would not have affected the outcome here; but had this been a civil case or had it resulted in a conviction, these actions, if they became known to the attorneys or judge involved, would have been grounds for declaring a mistrial.
  • When Juror #8 is imitating the old man going to the door, as he is completing the first leg of his walk the shadow of the camera following him is clearly visible on the floor by his feet.
  • When Juror #8 wants to time how long it would take an injured man to walk down the hall, Juror #2 starts and stops the timing and announces it as “exactly 41 seconds”. In reality, and considering that the scene does not cut away, the time is 30 seconds.
  • When juror #12 is sitting on the back of the chair smoking a cigarette, in the long shot the cuffs of his shirt are rolled back, but in the closeup the cuffs are fastened with cuff links, and then in the next long shot the cuffs are rolled back again.
  • At 20:07 into the film, as the camera pans from Juror #6 to Juror #7, the shadow of the boom mic is visible on the wall behind them.

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

by Jenoa Haymor on Jun.21, 2010, under Comedy, Sport

Directors: Rawson Marshall Thurber, Rawson Thurber
Countries: Germany, USA
Length: 92 min
Language: English
Budget: $20,000,000
Gross: $114,324,072 (USA) (31 October 2004)
IMDb: 6.60 (31912 votes)

Actors

Vince Vaughn (Peter La Fleur), Christine Taylor (Kate Veatch), Ben Stiller (White Goodman), Rip Torn (Patches O’Houlihan), Justin Long (Justin), Stephen Root (Gordon), Joel Moore (Owen), Chris Williams (Dwight), Alan Tudyk (Steve the Pirate), Missi Pyle (Fran), Jamal Duff (Me’Shell Jones), Gary Cole (Cotton McKnight), Jason Bateman (Pepper Brooks), Hank Azaria (Young Patches O’Houlihan), Al Kaplon (Tournament Referee)

Storyline

Peter LaFleur is a charismatic underachiever and proprietor of a rundown gym called Average Joe’s. The facility’s ecclectic clientele of decidedly less-than-average Joes is comprised of: a self-styled pirate; a scrawny nerd who dreams of impressing an unattainable cheerleader; an obsessive aficionado of obscure sports; a dim-witted young man; and a cocky know-it-all who, of course, really knows nothing. Peter’s humble gym catches the eye of White Goodman, the power-mullet-sporting, Fu-Manchu-d, egomaniacal owner of Globo Gym, a gleaming monolith of fitness. White intends to take over Average Joe’s, and Peter’s non-existent bookkeeping is making it all too easy for him. A foreclosing bank has stationed attorney Kate Veatch inside Average Joe’s to finalize Globo’s takeover of the gym. But Peter’s boyish charms win her over and Kate joins his team of social rejects to beat the odds—and their own ineptitude—to try to save Average Joe’s. How? A showdown dodgeball competition against Globo Gym.

Quotes

  • Pepper Brooks: [Average Joe's team comes out in S & M gear] I feel like I’m watching a Cher video.
  • Pepper Brooks: Good toss by the submissive out there!
  • White Goodman: Your “gym” is a skidmark on the underpants of society.
  • Dwight: Bad morning boss?
    Peter La Fleur: They usually follow good nights, Dwight.
  • White Goodman: Last I heard, my gym makes money. Yours doesn’t. My gym’s worth over $4 million. Your gym isn’t worth four. I have shareholders. You haven’t even got cup holders.
  • Cotton McKnight: Average Joe’s has a tough job, facing the Lumberjacks. These woodsmen probably haven’t even smelled a woman in eight months.
    Pepper Brooks: They must masturbate a lot, Cotton.
  • Steve the Pirate: I’m gonna send you all to hell!
  • Kate Veatch: [outside Kate's house] White? What are you doing here? How do you know where I live?
    White Goodman: It’s called the Freedom of Information Act, Kate. The hippies finally got something right! Ha-ha! Just kidding. But not really.
  • White Goodman: Prepare to be humiliated on cable television!
  • White Goodman: There’s no reason we need to be shackled by the strictures of the employee-employer relationship. Unless you’re into that sort of thing. In which case, I got some shackles in the back. I’m just kidding. But seriously, I’ve got ‘em.
  • Fran: I am in extreme state of arousal. Please to make sex all over my face.
  • Cotton McKnight: Let me tell you, a double-fault final-play elimination hasn’t occurred since the Helsinki episode of 1919, and I think we all remember how THAT turned out!
  • Fran: You are the one that stares at me. Why is this?
    Owen: [even though Fran is a tough, scary, Slavic woman] Because you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.
    Justin: What?
    [Patches throws a wrench and hits Justin in the face]
  • [closing credits; 1st ever Average Joe's commerical upon the takeover from Globo Gym]
    Peter La Fleur: Hi. I’m Peter La Fleur, Owner and Operator of Average Joe’s Gym. And I’m here to tell you, you’re perfect just the way you are. But if you feel like losing a few pounds, gettin’ healthier, and making some good friends in the process…
    [hands a towel to a female member]
    Peter La Fleur: …then Joe’s is the place for you. Don’t forget that Youth Dodgeball classes are forming right now. So come on down and learn a great game the way it’s supposed to be played. Right, kids?
    Average Joe’s Kids: Right!
    [throws the balls at Peter and the team]
  • Kate Veatch: [Peter sees her house for the first time] I like… unicorns.
  • Dodgeball Chancellor: Captains, shake hands. Let’s have a clean match.
    Peter La Fleur: [holds out his hand] Good luck, White.
    White Goodman: [reaches to take it, then pulls a psych] Cram it up your cramhole, La Fleur!
  • White Goodman: Oh, Kate, I didn’t realize you were here.
    Kate Veatch: You asked me to come, White.
    White Goodman: [reading a dictionary] Well, you caught me, I like to break a mental sweat too.
  • Voice on phone: This is Seth from Videorama. The following DVDs are now overdue: “Drunken Hussies 3″, “Backdoor Patrol 5″ and “Bona Lisa Smile”. Thank you.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: [giving the pre-match pep talk] And will someone catch a goddamn ball? It’s like watching a bunch of retards trying to hump a doorknob out there!
  • Owen: [after Patches got smashed with sign] Well… it’s probably the way he wanted to go…
    Dwight: …What?
  • Peter La Fleur: Too bad Hallmark doesn’t make a “Sorry your dodgeball coach got killed by two tons of irony” card.
  • White Goodman: Suck failure, freaks.
  • Peter La Fleur: You’re adopted! Your parents don’t even love you!
  • Amber: Justin! I love you!
    Justin: I lov…
    White Goodman: [hits Justin in the face with a Dodgeball] Joanie loves Chachi!
  • White Goodman: You like the freaky stuff, huh? That’s cool. I can be naughty, too. Real, freaky naughty.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: Tomorrow, we’re gonna pecker-slap those Globo-Gym bastards!
  • White Goodman: I know you’ve been hiding some feelings for me.
    Kate Veatch: Yeah. Nausea. If you don’t leave in two seconds, you’ll know how that feels.
  • Dwight: We’re still missing the teenage love puppy and Steve the Pirate.
    Owen: Who’s Steve the Pirate?
    Dwight: The only guy on our team that dresses like a pirate!
    Owen: Wait, there’s a guy on our team who dresses like a pirate?
  • Patches O’Houlihan: [Giving advice from beyond the grave to Peter LaFleur at the climactic game] Listen up, crotch stain. Remember your training, and trust your instincts. You can do it! I believe in you! Bye-bye!
  • White Goodman: So, that’s the deal… I give you $100,000. You sign over the deed to your gym. Period. End o’ story.
    Peter La Fleur: You really think you can come in here and buy me out, White? You’re a lot dumber than I thought.
    White Goodman: Hmm. Oh, I don’t think I’m a lot dumber than you thought that I think that I thought I was once.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: Son, you’re about as useful as a cock-flavored lollipop.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: [about Gordon getting angry] Go you crazy son of a bitch GO!
  • Kate Veatch: I’m not a banker, I’m a lawyer.
    Peter La Fleur: Really? What kind of law are you involved in, pretty eyes?
    Kate Veatch: Sexual harassment, mostly.
  • Peter La Fleur: You must be “Daddy”…
  • Cotton McKnight: We haven’t seen Average Joe’s yet. They haven’t made it to the court. It could be a psychological ploy, or something worse.
    Pepper Brooks: They’re definitely not on the court, Cotton. Their absence is noticeable.
  • Peter La Fleur: Hang on a second. You wanna become a cheerleader to prove you are not a loser?
    Justin: Yeah. Why?
    Peter La Fleur: Nothing. High school’s changed a bit since I was a kid.
  • White Goodman: Meet Fran Stalinofskivitchdavitovichsky. In her home country of Romanovia, dodgeball is the national sport and her nuclear power plant’s team won the championship five years running, which makes her the deadliest woman on earth with a dodgeball. Ball me, Blazer.
    [Blazer passes him a dodgeball]
    White Goodman: Show them, Fran.
    [Fran takes the ball and hurls it at a man on the other side of the bar, knocking him into the jukebox. He drops to the floor, limp]
    White Goodman: And that’s just her change-up. End of demo. We are the Globo Gym Purple Cobras, and we will, we will, rock you!
    Justin: [frightened whisper] I think that guy might really be dead.
  • Cotton McKnight: It’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys, the awkwardly feminine from the possibly Canadian.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: I’ve got some hookers in my room. What do you say we go celebrate? My treat.
    Peter La Fleur: No, thanks I’ll just stick with the scarf, but thank you.
    Patches O’Houlihan: Suit yourself, queer. [Patches turns and drives off]
  • White Goodman: My gym is worth more than four million dollars, your gym isn’t even worth four. My gym has stockholders, your gym doesn’t even have cup holders.
    Peter La Fleur: Why would I want cup holders.
  • Steve the Pirate: Yarr, I be the dread pirate Steve!
  • Patches O’Houlihan: If you’re going to become true dodgeballers, then you’ve got to learn the five d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!
  • Peter La Fleur: Come on, Kate. It’s time to put your mouth where our balls are.
  • Peter La Fleur: Thank you, Chuck Norris.
    Chuck Norris: Thank *you*, Peter.
  • Cotton McKnight: In 23 years of broadcasting I thought I’d seen it all, folks. But it looks like Peter La Fleur has actually blindfolded himself.
    Pepper Brooks: He will not be able to see very well, Cotton.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: If you want to have dodgeball victory, you have to grab it by its haunches and you gotta hump it into submission!
  • Dwight: [as Kate kisses Joyce] I told you she was a lesbian.
    Peter La Fleur: Wow. Good call.
    Kate Veatch: Hey! I’m not a lesbian.
    Peter La Fleur: You’re not?
    Kate Veatch: No. I’m bisexual. [kisses Peter]
    Dwight: Oh! Snap!
  • White Goodman: Stick it in your ear, La Fleur. I wouldn’t sell you your gym back for all of King Midas’ silver. The gym is mine! So you can take your band of yellow-bellied losers and just crawl on outta here!
    Peter La Fleur: You’re right, White. I can’t make you sell back my gym, so I’ll just take your advice and invest in something. Say… the controlling stake of Globo Gym.
    White Goodman: That’s preposterous! I’d never allow it.
    Kate Veatch: Globo Gym is a publicly-traded company, there’s nothing you can do about it.
    Peter La Fleur: So, I would control Globo Gym and… everything that Globo Gym owns. Which as of last night is Average Joe’s Gym!
    [Average Joe's Team cheering]
    Peter La Fleur: I’m your new boss, White.
    White Goodman: You can’t be my boss! Nobody’s my boss! I’m my own boss! I created myself!
    Peter La Fleur: You’re fired, pal.
  • Gordon: Hey, Honey!
    [his wife gives the "L" sign]
    Gordon: “L” for love! Good times.
    Dwight: “L” for love? That doesn’t mean love, Gordon…
    Peter La Fleur: No, it’s… people have different translations for different things and that’s a special bond that you have with uh… with your mail-order wife. I think that’s nice. It’s fine.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: Those men and that muff-diver believe in you.
  • Justin: How many teams are in this qualifier?
    Gordon: Uh, two
    Justin: So all we have to do is beat this team and we’re in the vegas open, right?
    Gordon: Yeah!
    Owen: That seems pretty simple.
    Dwight: Who’s the other team?
    Gordon: Uh, I have it right here, just a second… Troop 417
    Steve the Pirate: Christ! We’re playin’ boyscouts!
    Peter La Fleur: Not quite!
    [Troop 417 are tough-looking girlscouts. One spits on the ground]
    Steve the Pirate: BOLLOCKS!
  • Owen: [after Patches O'Houlihan has been killed] Look on the bright side, at least we’ve still got Peter!
    Dwight: Yeah, but Globo Gym’s got guys named Laser, and Blazer, and Tazer, and all kinds of “azer’s”! Without Patches, we’re going to get our taints handed to us, that’s what!
    Justin: [Whispers to Gordon] What’s a taint?
    Gordon: I don’t know, but it sounds *bad*!
  • Fran: Please to do it again… from the backside.
  • Peter La Fleur: There’s someone out there for everybody.
    Owen: You think?
    Peter La Fleur: Absolutely. In some cases, there’s two somebodies for one person. I like to call that “the jackpot”.
  • White Goodman: Oh, hello, Kate. I wasn’t aware I was paying you to “socialize”.
    Kate Veatch: You’re not. I’m off the clock.
    White Goodman: Well, isn’t that convenient for you? And the clock.
  • White Goodman: [the judges vote to let Average Joe's play] That is pure poppycock!
  • Owen: I’m gonna catch up with you guys later. I’m gonna have a bathroom… go to the drink… in the bathroom.
    Dwight: Whatever you do, wash your hands.
  • White Goodman: At Globo Gym we understand that “ugliness” and “fatness” are genetic disorders, much like baldness or necrophilia, and it’s only your fault if you don’t hate yourself enough to do something about it.
  • Cotton McKnight: It looks like the clock is about to strike midnight on this Cinderella story, turning Average Joe’s into the proverbial pumpkin.
    Pepper Brooks: I sure do like pumpkins, Cotton.
  • Cotton McKnight: Do you believe in unlikelihoods? Average Joe’s shocking the dodgeball world and upsetting Globo Gym in the championship match!
    Pepper Brooks: Unbelievable!
    Cotton McKnight: Ladies and gentlemen, I have been to the Great Wall of China, I have seen the Pyramids of Egypt, I’ve even witnessed a grown man satisfy a camel. But never in all my years as a sportscaster have I witnessed something as improbable, as impossible, as what we’ve witnessed here today!
  • White Goodman: We should mate.
    Kate Veatch: What?
    White Goodman: Date! We should date some time. Socially. Go out and kick it.
    [Kate retches, then forces it down]
    White Goodman: Are you okay?
    Kate Veatch: I’m fine. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
    White Goodman: In some cultures, they only eat vomit. I never been there, but I read about it… *in a book*.
  • Cotton McKnight: [after Average Joes dressed in S&M enters the arena] [slowly takes off glasses]… Oh… my… sweet Jesus…
    Pepper Brooks: [stares stupidly]… that’s rad.
  • [Kate decapitates White Goodman's cardboard stand-up with a well-aimed dodgeball. Everyone stares at her]
    Kate Veatch: What? Eight years of softball.
    Dwight: Man, she gotta be a lesbian.
    Peter La Fleur: She is *not* a lesbian.
    Patches O’Houlihan: All I know is, that dyke can play!
  • Peter La Fleur: That feels good. Oh, that tickle machine [chuckles]
    [Peter's dog, Crash, jumps on him]
    Peter La Fleur: Crash, no! Crash, out! Bad dog! No grundle.
    White Goodman: [from the G.G. commercial] C’mon down and join the winning team, because here at Globo Gym…
    White & The Globo Gym Team: [all together] We’re better than you…
    White Goodman: and we know it!
    Peter La Fleur: [disgust] Spare me.
  • White Goodman: In thirty days I’ll be bulldozing that shit-heap you call a gym into permanent nothingness. And I can only hope that you, and the mongrel race that comprise your membership, are inside it when I do.
  • Peter La Fleur: Hey, White. I didn’t think that Nazi camp got out until eight. Did you decide to skip arts and crafts?
    White Goodman: Yes, I did.
  • [a classic Dodgeball instructional film begins]
    Uber Film Narrator: [U.A.I.F fanfare] Uber-American Instructional Films, teaching America’s youth since 1938.
    [Opening; A boy rides a scooter, while a girl jogs behind him. Now we see a young boy painting a fence]
    Uber Film Narrator: Hey there, Timmy!
    Timmy: [yells] Holy mackerel, Mister. You scared the jeepers out of me.
    Uber Film Narrator: How would you like to take a break from that fine lead-based paint… and learn about Dodgeball?
    Timmy: Boy, would I!
    [the next scene take Timmy into a Opium Dem in China]
    Timmy: Wow! Where am I, Mister?
    Uber Film Narrator: You’re in a Chinese Opium Dem, Timmy. This is where the sport of Dodgeball was invented in the 15th Century… by Opium-addictive Chinamen. But back then, the Chinamen threw severed heads at each other, instead of the A.D.A.A.-approved balls we use today.
    Timmy: A.D.A.A.?
    Uber Film Narrator: That’s the American Dodgeball Association of America. Dodgeball is played with six players on each team… and six rubber balls. The object of the game is to eliminate the opposing players. Once all the players on team are eliminated, the opposing team wins!
    Timmy: Wow! I can’t wait to get the fellas together and play!
  • White Goodman: Donde esta la biblioteca, Pedro?
    Peter La Fleur: White?
    White Goodman: We’re opening a new Globo Gym in Mexico City, so I’ve been boning up on my Spanish.
  • Peter La Fleur: You had me at blood and semen.
  • Peter La Fleur: [after Patches hits Justin in the face with a wrench] Yeah, uh, Patches… are you sure that this is completely necessary?
    Patches O’Houlihan: Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine?
    Peter La Fleur: Probably not.
    Patches O’Houlihan: No, but I do it anyway because it’s sterile and I like the taste.
    Peter La Fleur: …Okay.
  • [the Average Joes are dressed in S&M leather]
    Audience Member: Hey, asshole! You guys suck!
  • White Goodman: Do you smell that fitness? I do.
  • White Goodman: [about Average Joe's] Oh, really, you like it over there with those freaks in Losertown?
    Kate Veatch: Freaks? They’re not freaks, they’re people just like you and me.
    White Goodman: People, haha, people just like you and me! That is what I love about you Kate! You’ve got a *personality*!
  • White Goodman: Here at Globo Gym we’re better than you, and we know it.
  • Lance Armstrong: Could I get a bottle of water. – - Hey, aren’t you Peter La Fleur?
    Peter La Fleur: Lance Armstrong!
    Lance Armstrong: Yeah, that’s me. But I’m a big fan of yours.
    Peter La Fleur: Really?
    Lance Armstrong: Yeah, I’ve been watching the dodgeball tournament on the Ocho. ESPN 8. I just can’t get enough of it. But, good luck in the tournament. I’m really pulling for you against those jerks from Globo Gym. I think you better hurry up or you’re gonna be late.
    Peter La Fleur: Uh, actually I decided to quit… Lance.
    Lance Armstrong: Quit? You know, once I was thinking about quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer, all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and I won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I’m sure you have a good reason to quit. So what are you dying from that’s keeping you from the finals?
    Peter La Fleur: Right now it feels a little bit like… shame.
    Lance Armstrong: Well, I guess if a person never quit when the going got tough, they wouldn’t anything to regret for the rest of their life. But good luck to you Peter. I’m sure this decision won’t haunt you forever.
  • Justin: This place is too important to us! Gordon, where do you go when your wife changes the locks?
    Gordon: Average Joe’s.
    Justin: Right! Dwight, Owen, what are you going to do if Average Joe’s closes? You gonna work at the airport again?
    Dwight: Say what? I ain’t working at no airport!
    Justin: No, ’cause you hated it! Steve! Where is it you go to do… whatever it is that you do?
    Steve the Pirate: Garrr! Joe’s be the only place for Steve!
  • [while everyone is doing the shuttle run]
    Patches O’Houlihan: Come on! I get better runs in my shorts!
  • Peter La Fleur: You really think you can come in here and buy me out, White, you’re a lot dumber than I thought.
    White Goodman: Oh, I don’t think I’m a lot dumber than you thought that I think that I thought that I was once.
  • White Goodman: We ARE the Globo Gym Purple Cobras… and we will, we will, rock you!
    [the whole team slaps their thighs, then rears up and hisses loudly]
  • Cotton McKnight: Oh! Right in the testicles!
    Pepper Brooks: Ouchtown, population you, bro!
  • White Goodman: And they love you. Whoo, do they love you. You’re their Fonzie, Pete. “Heeeeey.” Right?
  • Cotton McKnight: Looks like it’s gonna be a two-on-one, a m»nage ? trois of pain.
    Pepper Brooks: Usually you pay double for that kind of action, Cotton.
  • Dwight: I hope he falls off the roller coaster and breaks every bone in his body.
    Kate Veatch: Nice Dwight.
    Dwight: Hey I’m just sayin’ it happens. My cousin Ray-Ray, boop, dead.
  • Casino Worker: [a casino worker and a security guard wheels out a huge treasue chest] Here are your winnings, Mr. La Fleur. Congratuations.
    Peter La Fleur: Right on time. I appreciate it. Thanks, guys.
    White Goodman: [curious with anger] Winnings? What winnings? What winnings? What is that?
    Peter La Fleur: Oh, gosh! I totally forgot to tell you, White. I took the $100,000 bribe you gave me last night and I put on us to win. We were going at fifty to one. Anyone? Top of your head. What’s 50 times $100,000?
    Owen: $50,000?
    Kate Veatch: $5 million! Peter, are you kidding me?
    Peter La Fleur: [opens the treasure chest, revealing stacks of cash] Surprise!
  • Peter La Fleur: Look, White, I know that we’ve had our differences in the past…
    White Goodman: Differences? Is that what you call sleeping with three of my female trainers?
    Peter La Fleur: That was one night.
    White Goodman: Or what about that strip-o-gram you sent me for the Globo Gym one year anniversary?
    Peter La Fleur: The stripper was meant to be congratulatory.
    White Goodman: It was also a man!
  • Cotton McKnight: Las Vegas. A city built of hot sand, broken dreams and $5 lobster. A city where you can get a happy ending, if you pay a little extra. A city home to a sporting event greater than the World Cup, World Series and World War II combined.
  • White Goodman: Fuckin’ Chuck Norris!
  • Patches O’Houlihan: You couldn’t hit water if you fell out of a boat!
  • Patches O’Houlihan: I ain’t crazy and I ain’t a guy.
  • White Goodman: Go ahead, make your jokes, Mr. Jokey… Joke-maker. But let me hit you with some knowledge. Quit now. Save yourself the embarrassment of losing with these losers in Las Vegas, La Fleur.
    Peter La Fleur: Alliteration aside, I’ll take my chances in the tournament.
    White Goodman: Yeah, you will take your chances.
    Peter La Fleur: I know. I just said that.
    White Goodman: I know you just said that.
    Peter La Fleur: Okay, I’m not sure where you’re going with this.
    White Goodman: Well, I’m not sure where *you’re* going with this.
    Peter La Fleur: That’s what I said.
    White Goodman: That’s what I’m saying to *you*.
    Peter La Fleur: All right.
    White Goodman: …TouchÈ.
  • Angry Troop #417 Girl: God damn you, Bernice!
  • Young Patches O’Houlihan: Dodgeball is a sport of violence, exclusion, and degradation.
  • White Goodman: Well, that’s it. Good guy wins. Bad guy loses. Big freakin’ surprise. That’s the problem with the American cinema: Can’t handle any complexity. “Whoa! Don’t make me think!”
  • Kate Veatch: That… is a really interesting painting.
    White Goodman: Thank you. Yeah, that’s me, taking the bull by the horns. It’s how I handle business. It’s a metaphor.
    Kate Veatch: I get it.
    White Goodman: But that actually happened, though.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball.
  • Steve the Pirate: Steve’s gotta go drain the sea-monster.
  • [White reaches out to kiss Kate]
    White Goodman: To be continued…
    [She twists his arm and slams his face into the wall]
    Kate Veatch: You don’t get to touch me, ever!
  • White Goodman: I’m white. I’m white. W-H-I-T… E.
  • Steve the Pirate: The dread pirate Steve be in no man’s debt. I’ll make a barter with ya; true as the north star. In exchange for your kindness, I’ll be sharing me buried treasure with ya… once I find it, that be.
  • White Goodman: I know you. You know you. And I know you know that I know you.
  • Cotton McKnight: I’m being told that Average Joe’s does not have enough players and will be forfeiting the championship match.
    Pepper Brooks: It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for ‘em.
  • Peter La Fleur: You need some help leaving White?
    White Goodman: This doesn’t concern you, Lafleur.
    Peter La Fleur: Not nearly as much as your hair does, that’s for sure, but uh, I believe she asked you to leave.
    White Goodman: I get it, you caught the scent of a lesser stag in your nostrils. Pity. I’ll let you have your little moment, LaFleur, ’cause after this tournament, your gym, your life – and your gal – are gonna be mine. To be continued.
    Kate Veatch: [Judo-grabs White Goodman] You don’t get to touch me, ever!
    Peter La Fleur: Okay, Romeo, let me help you up.
    White Goodman: Get off of me, don’t you touch me. It is over between us, Kate. Nobody makes me bleed my own blood – nobody!
  • Patches O’Houlihan: I love the smell of queef in the morning.
  • Cotton McKnight: And the Average Joe’s beat the Germans in a *shocking* upset.
    Pepper Brooks: I feel *shocked*.
  • White Goodman: [a hyper-obese White watches the commercial for Average Joe's before turning off the TV in disgust] Spare me… I won that tournament… fuckin’ Chuck Norris!
  • [last lines]
    White Goodman: You happy? Fatty make a funny?
  • From trailer: Victory. Honor. Pride. All these mean nothing… if you don’t have balls.
  • [opening: Globo Gym commercial]
    Globo Gym Announcer: Tired of the same old you? Tired of being out of shape and out of luck with the opposite sex? Tired of being overweight and under-attractive?
    White Goodman: [finshing a ride on the skis] Yeah! Oh, hello. I’m White Goodman, Owner, Operator, and Founder of Globo Gym America Corp, and I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be stuck with what ya got.
    [a buffed Globo Gym member is lifting weights]
    White Goodman: Hey, Rory. Looking good. Here at Globo Gym, we understand that “Ugliness” and “Fatness” are genetic disorders, much like baldness or necrophilia, and it’s only your fault if you don’t hate yourself enough to do something about it.
    White Goodman: [climbing on the rocky wall; grunts] And that’s where we come in. [evil laughter]
    White Goodman: Globo Gym employs a highly-trained, quasi-cultural staff of personal alterational specialists. And with our competitively-priced on-site cosmetic surgery, we can turn that Frankenstein you see in the mirror every morning into a Franken-fine!
    White Goodman: [wheels out a bandaged-like-a-mummy person in a wheelchair] Of course you’ll still be you in a legal sense, but think of it as a thinner, more attractive, better you than you could ever become without us. How do I know? Well, I’m not only the founder of Globo Gym. I’m also a client.
    [a picture of a 600-pound White Goodman from 14 years ago]
    White Goodman: That’s me. Six years and 600 pounds ago… before I knew how much I hated myself. But that all changed once I founded Globo Gym. But don’t just take my word for it. Listen to these Globo-Gymers tell you how it is.
  • Dwight: We could sell blood and semen. [everyone gives him a strange look] What? Not mixed together.
  • Kate Veatch: For instance, do you realize you haven’t collected any membership fees in 13 months?
    Peter La Fleur: Hmmm…
    Kate Veatch: I’m curious, is it strictly apathy, or do you really not have a goal in life?
    Peter La Fleur: I found that if you have a goal, that you might not reach it. But if you don’t have one, then you are never disappointed. And I gotta tell ya… it feels phenomenal.
    Kate Veatch: Well I guess that makes sense, in a really sad way.
    Peter La Fleur: Sad? You want to know what’s sad? Six grown men playing dodgeball.
  • White Goodman: This doesn’t concern you, La Fleur.
    Peter La Fleur: Not nearly as much as your hair does.
  • Patches O’Houlihan: My sweet dick, it’s magic!
  • Kate Veatch: You fired me so I would date you?
    White Goodman: Yuh-huh.
    Kate Veatch: You are a crazy little man.
  • Peter La Fleur: Don’t worry so much about this Amber situation. It’ll all work itself out in the end.
    Justin: Thanks, Pete.
    Peter La Fleur: You’ll laugh at this one day. I’m laughing already.
  • Peter La Fleur: Well, if you can’t raise fifty-thousand dollars with an impromptu carwash, I guess it jus wasn’t in the cards.
  • White Goodman: This is it, La ‘Loser.’ You ready for the, whoo, hurricane?
    Peter La Fleur: Just don’t go cryin’ to your mommy when I spank you in front of all these people, White.
    White Goodman: You don’t go cryin’ to your daddy after I wipe it up with your face.
    Peter La Fleur: Uh, White?
    White Goodman: Yeah?
    Peter La Fleur: You look awful fat in those pants.
  • [after sudden death is announced]
    Cotton McKnight: Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to witness the greatest happening in sport: sudden-death dodgeball.
    Pepper Brooks: Pepper needs new shorts!
  • White Goodman: Allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Blade… Laser… Blazer…
  • White Goodman: You’re going down like a sweet muffin!
  • German Coach: [shouting in German] You are all swine! You have brought shame to your houses! Losers!
  • Pepper Brooks: Effin’ A, Cotton, Effin’ A!
  • Kate Veatch: Are you reading the dictionary?
    White Goodman: Oh, you caught me. I like to break a mental sweat too.

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Facts

  • The entire cast practiced playing dodgeball about a month before filming began.
  • Peter La Fleur’s line “You had me at blood and semen” is a reference to Jerry Maguire (1996) where Dorothy says, “You had me at ‘hello’.”
  • ‘Rawson Marshall Thurber’ thought ‘Justin Long’ was so funny in Galaxy Quest (1999) that he wrote the part of Justin just for him.
  • Adult dodgeball leagues began to spring up across the country around the time of the film’s release. Cast member ‘Gary Cole’ was even invited to a tournament in Chicago.
  • The original title was simply ?Underdog?.
  • Norm MacDonald can be seen in some of the Globo Gym scenes. One is in the Globo Gym commercial. He is in the background working out. At one point he is talking to some girl who is working out and it looks like he’s hitting on her.
  • Many studios including Dreamworks and MGM passed on this film. Fox finally agreed when ‘Ben Stiller’ reduced his salary to well under $1 million. As of March 2005, the film has grossed over $124 million when it only cost $23 millions to make.
  • According to many cast members, the hardest part of filming the dodgeball scenes was not flinching when they knew they were about to be hit by a ball.
  • The name of the Bar where the confrontation between White Goodman’s team and Average Joe’s occurs “The Dirty Sanchez” refers to a deviant sexual practice.
  • According to the director’s commentary on the DVD, ‘Rawson Marshall Thurber’ wrote the parts of Peter La Fleur, White Goodman, and Justin with ‘Vince Vaughn’, ‘Ben Stiller’, and ‘Justin Long’ respectively in mind.
  • The climatic final battle is between Average Joe’s and the Globo Gym Purple Cobras, or in other words “Joes vs. Cobras.” This is a reference to the ’80s toys and cartoon “G.I. Joe” (1985), which featured an ongoing battle between the heroic G.I. Joe team and the evil terrorist organization Cobra. The Globo Gym Purple Cobras logo is of a similar design to that of the evil Cobra organization (though it’s purple, not red).
  • After the credit, when the extremely obese White does a little dance to ‘Kelis” Milkshake song, it’s a reference to viral video clip that circulated on the internet of an extremely large black woman doing the same dance.
  • ‘Gary Cole’ and ‘Jason Bateman’ had to keep redoing their voice recordings for the dodgeball matches because everyone kept changing stuff in the script during the shoots.
  • ‘Brigitte Nielsen’ was briefly considered for the role of Fran.
  • In the scene where Peter walks into his hotel room and White and Me’chelle are there waiting for him, White says “¿Donde esta la bibloteca?” – translated means “Where is the library?”
  • In the original ending, the Average Joes lose the final game at the end. This was changed because test audiences wanted a happy ending. This is also the reason why a fat White Goodman complains about the cliché happy ending after the end credits.
  • There is another finger snap by ‘Ben Stiller’ as the Cobras leave the Dirty Sanchez.
  • Another easter egg/finger snap is after the scene in White Goodman’s office where he asks Kate out. He snaps for Me’shell. When you press enter, it cuts to a clip of the dodgeball game and then a fat ‘Ben Stiller says, “You found it.”
  • In the US, the film is promoted with the tagline “Grab life by the ball”. In foreign markets such as the UK and Australia, this is changed to the more risqué “Grab life by the balls”.
  • DIRCAMEO(‘Rawson Marshall Thurber’): the guy who throws the drink at Steve the Pirate on the Vegas strip.
  • EASTER EGG: On the Special Features section on the DVD, if you click on the Globogym logo at the bottom, you will see a short video with White Goodman talking about easter eggs on the DVD. He tells you that if you press enter every time he snaps his fingers you’ll see an easter egg. These “Easter Eggs” are deleted scenes not included with those in the Special Features. There are 4 White Goodman finger snaps in the movie. The first comes as he gets into the tanning bed, the next when he sends the lawyer out of his office, the next as he motions for Me’shell to pick him up from Kate’s porch, and the last when He motions Me’shell to give him the contract for Peter to sign at the hotel room in Vegas.
  • Calling ESPN 8 “The Ocho” is a reference to the fact that when ESPN 2 was still a relatively young network, at least one of the announcers referred to it as “The Deuce”.
  • Patches O’Houlihan says, “It’s like watching a bunch of retards trying to fuck a doorknob.” – a play on “It’s like watching a monkey trying to hump a football.”, something 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Coach Herb Brooks said to his team when they were preparing for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY.
  • ‘Ben Stiller’ and ‘Christine Taylor’ had an 18-month-old baby at home while shooting this film. Taylor was so exhausted from taking care of the baby that she often dozed off in between takes.
  • When the Average Joes are in the locker room waiting for their teammates before the final match, all the players are wearing pants except Christine Taylor who is wearing shorts. Listening to the DVD commentary you hear that she had pants but refused to wear them because she thought they were too ugly and unflattering.
  • ‘Justin Long’’s eyebrow was actually cut open by the first wrench thrown at him. All the wrenches thrown were made of rubber, but the first was harder than all the others.
  • ‘Ben Stiller’ broke three cameras in succession filming one scene, and even hit his wife ‘Christine Taylor’ in the face once.
  • In the climactic scene of the final Dodgeball match TV announcer Cotton McKnight uses the term “Down goes Goodman! Down goes Goodman!” This is a reference to ‘Howard Cosell’’s famous call from the Heavyweight 1973 championship fight between ‘George Foreman’ and ‘Joe Frazier’ in which he yelled, “Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!”
  • When Troop 417 first appears, the music heard is the old theme music for WWE/ECW wrestler Bob Holly.
  • The DVD contains a fake commentary where the director and two main actors do nothing but fight, and claim to hate each other, before storming out 40 minutes on. The commentary is then replaced with the commentary for ‘There’s Something About Mary.’ The real commentary is on the DVD as an easter egg.
  • SPOILER: The words “Deus Ex Machina” are printed on the side of the treasure chest at the end of the movie. “Deus Ex Machina” is a Latin phrase meaning “god from the machine,” and is derived from a plot device in ancient Greek drama by which a “god” was lowered to the stage by a crane (“machine”) to solve a problem which the human characters could not. It’s used to describe an improbable event bringing a solution to a seemingly impossible problem. The “deus ex machina” in this film takes place when Peter bets on Average Joe’s to win the final tournament by using the bribe money White paid him, then using the tournament prize money to buy the majority stocks of Globo-Gym, thereby becoming the owner of both Average Joe’s and Globo-Gym.
  • In the end of the movie, ESPN 8 announcer Cotton McKnight says “Do you believe in improbabilities? Yes!” This comment is a play on the famous exclamation by Al Michaels when the USA beat Russia in hockey at the 1980 Olympics, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”.

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Goofs

  • When the team is practicing with Patches and the wrenches, Patches throws a bandana to Peter it is unfolded but when Peter puts it up to his head in the next shot to put it on it’s folded up already without time to do so.
  • SPOILER: When White is obese again at the end of the movie, he takes a bite of the chicken wing. When he does, you can briefly see his real neck under the fake skin that he was wearing.
  • In the scene where White commits the foul by stepping over the line to send the game into “sudden death”, they show the replay. In the wide shot on the left it shows White’s right foot crossing the line but in the close up shot on the right it is his left foot.
  • After the German team loses in the first round, David Hasselhoff goes to their bench and throws down his picture. You can see that there is no glass in the frame when he is holding it but you hear glass break when the frame hits the floor.
  • Obvious dummies in the crowd at the beginning of the tournament.
  • Kate opens Peter’s hotel room even though those doors are designed to lock once they’ve been closed. The only way she could have gotten in was if she had a key.
  • While the Average Joes are playing White Goodman’s team, the ref calls White on a line violation, while a few scenes before, White is entirely over the line and no foul is called.
  • In the beginning when White Goodman reveals that he was 600 pounds heavier in 1987 and he says that it was 6 years ago. That would mean that the year this movie took place is 1993 which is obviously not true. For example, they mention the move Mona Lisa Smile (2003) which came out in 2003.
  • In the opening scene we see a picture of White with the caption “White Goodman 1987″, and he says “That’s me, six years and 600 pounds ago.” So the movie appears to be set in 1993. However, the first line of the commentary from the dodgeball tournament says that ESPN8 (“The Ocho”) has been bringing viewers obscure sports “since 1999″.
  • When the dodge ball tournament begins on its first day, a man behind the reporters disappears in the next shot.
  • When White Goodman slides the contract on the table, he slides it right beside the suitcase of money, but the suitcase disappears in the next shot.
  • When Peter throws cans of beverage to everyone after the impromptu car wash, there are sounds of an empty beverage can. A full beverage can actually sounds dull.
  • There are several shots of the crowd that show audience members are ‘fake clapping’ – hands are coming together with not enough force to be audible (to allow for the audio of the main characters). One of the most noticeable examples is following the scene where White hits Kate in the face with the dodge ball.
  • During the final match, Justin catches a ball, then Kate comes in and immediately catches another ball. This should result in a four-player swing (two in for Average Joes and two out for the Cobras); however, the announcer states that it is a “three-player swing”.
  • When Peter is talking to Lance Armstrong at the airport, the top on the bottle of water Lance orders is alternately on/off.
  • In the dodge ball training video, when Young Patches O’Houlihan is first introduced, he’s holding a cigarette in his left hand, in subsequent shots the cigarette disappears.
  • When the members of Average Joes are trying to come up with a way to raise the $50,000 the sign on the wall behinds them reads “If your under 18…” This should be “If YOU’RE under 18…”
  • In the match against the Lumberjacks, when the referee asks if Average Joe’s are ready, Owen is lined up with his team mates touching the back wall as if he were about to take part in the match. Not only would this mean that Average Joes had 7 players on court, but in subsequent shots of the match taking place, you can clearly see Owen on the sidelines wearing a tracksuit top, having not taken part in the game.
  • When Average Joes was facing The Lumberjacks, when they went to grab the balls, Justin took one and threw it. But when he gets hit, he has three balls in his arms.
  • The child who is painting the fence before he meets Patches O’Houlihan has no paint on his brush.
  • When Kate is struck in the face at the end, one side of her face is all red and bruised. In the next shot her face is unmarked.
  • When Patches says, “I ain’t crazy, and I ain’t a guy”, his lip movements do not match up to what he is saying.
  • When the Dodgeball Chancellor is presenting the $50,000 and the Dodgeball trophy, the confetti on his right shoulder changes with every shot.
  • When Patches first works out with the team, the very first wrench he throws is an adjustable crescent-style wrench. When the player is on the floor writhing in pain, the wrench next to him on the floor is a non-adjustable box-end wrench.
  • Prior to Sudden Death, the referee states that both feet must remain “in the triangle at all times”. When Peter kneels and throws the ball, his left foot is clearly outside the triangle.
  • After Peter wins the tournament, Amber and the green-haired girl from the S&M convention are seen running onto the Dodgeball court. In the next shot they are hugging up in the stands.
  • During the meeting where the members of Average Joe’s stumble upon the idea of entering the tournament, Gordon can be seen to take OSQ magazine out of his bag twice without ever putting it back in.
  • According to the commercial for Globo Gym in the beginning, the movie takes place in 1993, but at the end of the movie, Lance Armstrong tells Peter he was able to win the Tour De France 5 or 6 times, which he hadn’t done by 1993.
  • When Gordon is the last man, the ball around him changes position between shots
  • When the treasure chest is first opened, there is a ‘Deus ex machina’ label on the inside of the lid, but not on the outside. When it is shown again later, the label is on the outside but there is none on the inside of the lid.
  • When Kate Veach gets hit in the face with the dodge ball by White, her bangs keep changing from being tucked into her braids to being left out, between screens
  • The final tournament is being broadcast by ESPN8. However the sponsor signs at the end of the court clearly say Fox Sports Net.
  • When Peter picks up Kate for their date on the porch, White tries to make a move on her and she smashes his face on the wall. White’s make-up was left behind, but the next shot it’s gone.
  • SPOILER: After the sudden death round of dodgeball, you can see at least seven sudden death balls behind Peter LaFleur even though only two have been in play.
  • Inside the Dirty Sanchez, a close-up of Peter LaFleur pointing his finger at White shows Peter gesturing with his right hand. Cut to a wide shot, and Peter is pointing with his left hand with no time to have switched hands.
  • When Justin bends over to kiss Amber, the amount of her hair caught by his hand changes between shots.
  • After White gets hit in the face in Sudden Death, he falls to the floor and slides back to the baseline where his body stops parallel to the line. In the very next shot his body is more sprawled out and at a 90 degree angle to the line.
  • When Michelle talks to White after walking in on him with the pizza, the “G” on White’s necklace is actually sewed onto the neck of his shirt and is not on the chain around his neck.
  • During the black & white instructional dodgeball video an American flag is displayed in the video’s background. It is a 50-starred flag and the video says copyright 1954. The American flag had 48 stars until 1959.
  • In the scene where the team requests an overturn of the chancellor’s decision for forfeiture, the crowd begins to chant “Let them play!” The audio doesn’t match the hand gestures nor their mouth movements.
  • SPOILER: During the celebration on the court after Average Joe’s victory, Owen and Fran are first shown lying down, then standing up, and then lying down again.
  • The announcer says Las Vegas Police when the sign says LAPD.
  • When Peter is talking to Patches after their first game, a guy in an Orange shirt is seen walking past the door. A few seconds later he is seen again walking down in the same direction without being seen walking back.
  • In the game between the Average Joe’s and the Skillz that Killz, the film goes to the foot shot when everyone reaches for the balls. In the next frame, the players playing against Joe’s that are coming up with the balls are not Skillz that Killz, but the Lumberjacks, who were already defeated in a previous round.
  • In the sudden death match White Goodman has his hand over the ball before the referee announces “Dodgeball” but in the next shot his hands are back at his sides
  • When White Goodman is introducing his dodgeball team in the bar for the first time, the G on his necklace switches between a backwards G and a regular G between shots.
  • When Average Joe’s have their first game, the Qualifying match, they face Troop #417, and when the referee blows the whistle, Justin goes for the ball by sliding on his chest, and he clearly goes past the half line, but in the next scene, he is still playing, and no one has caught a ball.

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Soundtrack

  • “Globo Gym Infomercial” Written by ‘Kenneth Burgomaster’ (as Kenny Burgomaster)
  • “Legal Eagle” Written by ‘Will Schaefer’ Courtesy of Associated Production Music LLC
  • “Milkshake” Written by ‘Pharrell Williams’ and ‘Chad Hugo’ Performed by ‘Kelis’ Courtesy of LaFace Records/Zomba Label Group Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
  • “Truck Wash” Written by ‘Christopher Ward (II)’
  • “Take It Off” Written by ‘Maya Ford’, ‘Allison Robertson’, ‘Brett Anderson (III)’ and ‘Torry Castellano’ (as Torrance Castellano) Performed by ‘The Donnas’ Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
  • “Help Me (She’s Out of Her Mind)” Written by ‘Kelly Jones (VIII)’, ‘Richard Jones (XXIII)’ and ‘Stuart Cable’ Performed by ‘Stereophonics’ Courtesy of V2 Records
  • “Lady in Red” Written and Performed by ‘Chris De Burgh’ Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd. (London) Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Ezee Does It” Written by Beast & Tazman Courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
  • “We Will Rock You” Written by ‘Brian May (II)’ (as Brian Harold May)
  • “Rockarama” Written by ‘Grahame Maclean’ and Barry Ryder Courtesy of Associated Production Music LLC
  • “Jambo” Written and Performed by Claude McLin Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd.
  • “Training Montage Mix” Produced by Mike Fitzpatrick
  • “Le Fie ‘d Carmagnola” Written by Danpa and Sergio Ferraresi Courtesy of Associated Production Music LLC
  • “Apache” Written by ‘Jerry Lorden’ (as Jeremiah Patrick Lordan) Performed by ‘Sugarhill Gang’ Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group and Rhino Entertainment Co. By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
  • “Heroes Never Die” Written by Anthony Goddard and Ron Komle Courtesy of Firstcom Music, Inc.
  • “Sports Classic Theme 1″ Written by Tammy Cardon, Arden Hofheins and Randall C. Thornton Courtesy of Non-Stop Music
  • “Never Say Never” Written by ‘Benjamin Bossi’, Larry Carter, ‘Debora Iyall’, Peter Woods and Frank Zincavage Performed by ‘Romeo Void’ Courtesy of Columbia Records By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
  • “Superstar” Written by ‘Mich Hansen’, Joseph Belmaati and ‘Remee’ (as Mikkel Sigvardt) Performed by ‘Jamelia’ Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd. Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
  • “Mr. Roboto” Written by ‘Dennis DeYoung’
  • “Dunkie Butt” Written by Isiah Pinkney, Robert F. Gordon, ‘John Starks (II)’, ‘Fred Wesley’ (as Fred Wesley Jr.) and ‘James Brown’ Performed by 12 Gauge Courtesy of Volcano Entertainment III, L.L.C. Under license from BMG Film & TV Music (contains a sample of “The Payback” performed by ‘James Brown’) Courtesy of Universal Records, under license from Universal Enterprises).
  • “Donkey Competition Mix” Mixed by Dowd Beal Produced by Sounds Like That
  • “Face Off” Written and Performed by ‘Tom Morello’ Courtesy of Sony Music
  • “Red Rubber Ball” Written by ‘Paul Simon’ and Bruce Woodley Performed by Eggchair Courtesy of Eggchair Music
  • “Different Drum” Written by ‘Michael Nesmith’ Performed by ‘Me First and The Gimme Gimmes’ (as Me First and The Gimmie Gimmes) Courtesy of Fat Wreck Chords
  • “Still in Me” Written by Adam McGuern, Christian Hand, ‘Jeff Johnson (XVII)’ and Jason Veirs Performed by The Bleacher Heroes

The Collector (2009)

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Remember the Titans (2000)

by Jenoa Haymor on Apr.30, 2010, under Drama, Sport

Director: Boaz Yakin
Country: USA
Length: USA:120 min
Language: English
Budget: $30,000,000
Gross: $115,648,585 (USA) (11 March 2001)
IMDb: 7.40 (29509 votes)

Actors

Denzel Washington (Coach Herman Boone), Will Patton (Coach Bill Yoast), Wood Harris (Julius Campbell), Ryan Hurst (Gerry Bertier), Donald Faison (Petey Jones), Craig Kirkwood (Jerry ‘Rev’ Harris), Ethan Suplee (Louie Lastik), Kip Pardue (Ronnie ‘Sunshine’ Bass), Hayden Panettiere (Sheryl Yoast), Nicole Ari Parker (Carol Boone), Kate Bosworth (Emma Hoyt), Earl Poitier (Blue Stanton), Ryan Gosling (Alan Bosley), Burgess Jenkins (Ray Budds), Neal Ghant (Glascoe)

Storyline

Denzel Washington is hired as the T.C. Williams High football coach over a white coach in Alexandria, Virginia in the early 1970’s during a time when the school has just been integrated to allow blacks into the school.

Quotes

  • Coach Boone: [to his players] Tonight we’ve got Hayfield. Like all the other schools in this conference, they’re all white. They don’t have to worry about race. We do. let me tell you somthing: you don’t let anyone come between us. Nothing tears us apart. In Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power. Well that football field out there, that’s our universe. Let’s rule it like titans.
  • Coach Boone: What are you?
    Team: Mobile, agile, hostile!
    Coach Boone: What is pain?
    Team: French bread!
    Coach Boone: What is fatigue?
    Team: Army clothes!
    Coach Boone: [Coach puts hand to his ear] Will you ever quit?
    Team: No! We want some mo’, we want some mo’, we want some mo’!
  • Bertier: I love you, sugar.
  • Coach Yoast: [upon seeing Marshall's first offensive play]… shotgun? Who do they think they are, the New York Jets?
  • Bertier: [sees Sunshine get out of car with long hair] Hey fellas! Look at that fruit cake!
    Coach Yoast: Gerry, just keep your mouth shut and get back on that field!
    Colonel William G. Bass: Coach Boone, I’m Colonol Bass. We just got transfered here from Huntington Beach, California, this is my son, Ronnie, he’s a quarterback.
    Coach Boone: [shakes Sunshine's hand] How you doin’ Ronnie?
    Colonel William G. Bass: Coach Yoast.
    Coach Yoast: [shakes Sunshine's hand as well] My Pleasure.
    Coach Boone: We’re pretty set at the, uh, quarterback colonel. But if they boy’s any good, you might want to check out Wilson or Hamilton.
    Colonel William G. Bass: Well, I met Coach Taber. He won’t let blacks play on his team. The way I see it, if these boys can fight a war together, they can play football together. Now, he’s a pretty good runner.
    Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass: [chucks football towards Gerry, who is decently far away]
    Bertier: [spins around, angry, as football hits him square in the back]
    Big Ju: [laughing hysterically] Yeah, a Fruitcake, huh?
  • [on Alan's "singing"]
    Blue Stanton: Does the term “cruel and unusual punishment” mean anything to you?
  • Coach Boone: This is no democracy. It is a dictatorship. I am the law.
  • Coach Boone: Now I may be a mean cuss. But I’m the same mean cuss with everybody out there on that football field. The world don’t give a damn about how sensitive these kids are, especially the young black kids. You ain’t doin’ these kids a favor by patronizing them. You crippling them; You crippling them for life.
  • Bertier: Hey, Julius I was thinking we could…
    Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass: He’s taking a shower.
    Bertier: What do you want, man?
    Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass: You know what I want.
    [kisses him and Gary starts trying to punch him. The team is holding Gary back]
    Big Ju: There’s too much male bonding in here.
    Bertier: Enough!
    Big Ju: What is going on here?
    Bertier: He kissed me!
  • [Three seperate situations happening at the same time]
    Coach Boone: [Talking to official] Ref! He’s lining up offsides! Look, he’s *lining* up offsides!
    Official: [ignoring Coach Boone]
    Coach Ed Henry: [talking to player] Twins right, 99 Z. Go!
    Coach Boone: [to Official] Ref! I *know* you can see him, you’ve got eyes!
    Official: [still ignoring Coach Boone]
    Coach Ed Henry: [talking to different player] Gun right, 84 stat! And tell Tommy to watch the free safety.
    Coach Yoast: [talking to Blue] Get back in there! You know what I’m talking about. You can’t be afraid of him!
    Coach Boone: [gesturing 'offsides' with arms] Offsides! He’s lining up offsides!
  • Ray Budds: I didn’t hear it… swear to God!
  • Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass: I can’t make that pitch Coach.
    Coach Boone: Yes you can. When I was fifteen years old I lost my mother and my father in the same month Ronnie, same month. 12 brothers and sisters I was the youngest one of them, now I wasn’t ready either, but they needed me. Your team needs you tonight, you’re the Coronel, you’re going to command your troops! Twins right 48 zero read, *go!*
  • Sheryl Yoast: Coach Boone, you did a good job up here. You ran a tough camp from what I can see.
    Coach Boone: Well I’m very happy to have the approval of a 5 year old.
    Sheryl Yoast: I’m 9 and a half, thank you very much.
    Coach Boone: Why don’t you get this little girl, some pretty dolls or something coach?
    Coach Yoast: I’ve tried. She loves football.
  • Coach Yoast: I think this is a very good time for prayer and reflection…
    Bertier: Coach, I’m hurt. I’m not dead.
  • [after Petey makes a fumble]
    Coach Boone: Petey, how many feet are in a mile? How many feet are in a mile?
    Petey Jones: [mumbles]
    Coach Boone: 5,280 feet! You pick this ball up and run every one of ‘em! You’re killing me, Petey! You’re killing me!
  • Big Ju: What you doin’ man?
    Louie Lastik: Eatin’ lunch.
    Big Ju: I see you eatin’ lunch, but why you eatin’ over here? Why not go eat over there and eat with your people?
    Louie Lastik: Man, I don’t have any people. I’m with everybody, Julius.
    Petey Jones: Yeah, he’s just a light-skinned brother.
    Big Ju: Yeah, and I’m a dark-skinned cracker.
    Petey Jones: [laughs]
    Jerry ‘Rev’ Harris: Come on Julius, he’s just another blessed child in God’s lovin’ family.
    Blue Stanton: [Blue starts to hum]
    Big Ju: Come on, Blue. Let me…
    Petey Jones: [Petey joins in with Blue]
    Jerry ‘Rev’ Harris: God, we come before you today. To ask you to soften Big Julius Cambell’s heart.
  • Older Sheryl: People say that it can’t work, black and white; well here we make it work, everyday. We have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans.
  • Bertier: [the Titans have just had a touchdown scored against them in the State Championship] NO! Nooooooooo!
    Nurse: [Nurse comes running in] What’s wrong, Gary?
    Bertier: Do *not* come in here!
    [Nurse exits hurriedly, followed by a projectile]
  • Sheryl Yoast: Y’all are acting like a bunch of sissies! Quit it!
  • Coach Boone: I’m not gonna talk to you tonight about winnin’ and losin’. You’re already winners ’cause you didn’t kill each other up at camp.
  • Coach Paul ‘Doc’ Hines: You have twelve brothers and sisters?
    Coach Boone: Eight.
    Coach Paul ‘Doc’ Hines: Yeah, twelve sounds better.
  • [last lines]
    Older Sheryl: People say that it can’t work, black and white. Here, we make it work every day. We still have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans.
  • Coach Boone: Lastik. I want you to tell me something about one of your black teammates.
    Louie Lastik: [shouts] Sir yes, Sir! I’m roomin’ with Blue, sir! And I noticed that he wears that leopard-spotted underwear, Sir! Bikini-style, Sir!
    Coach Boone: Ok. How about someone who’s not your roommate.
    Louie Lastik: Sir, I eat lunch with Rev. That’s Jerry Harris, sir. People call him that ’cause he’s always praying and he won’t abide with a foul tounge, Sir!
    Coach Boone: And what’s the Rev going to do after High School?
    Louie Lastik: I don’t know. Go to college and all that stuff, I guess.
    Coach Boone: What about you? You going to college?
    Louie Lastik: [laughs] No, not me coach. I ain’t a brainiac like Rev.
    Coach Boone: Think you got a future in football?
    Louie Lastik: Heck no! I figured as long I’m going to be in school, I might as well hit some people while I’m at it.
  • [Julius visits Gerry in the hospital]
    Nurse: Only kin’s allowed in here.
    Bertier: Alice, are you blind? Don’t you see the family resemblance? That’s my brother.
  • Coach Boone: I’m a winner. I’m going to win.
  • Coach Boone: This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin’ with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don’t come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don’t care if you like each other of not, but you will respect each other. And maybe… I don’t know, maybe we’ll learn to play this game like men.
  • Coach Yoast: [after winning the state championship] I know football, and what you did with those boys. You were the right man for the job, Coach!
    Coach Boone: You’re a Hall-of-Famer in my book! [both raise game ball in victory]
  • Blue Stanton: [begins to silently sing, gradually getting lowder] ‘Cause baby there ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t…
    Big Ju: [slaps Blue's arm] Blue. Shut up. I don’t want to see your smilin’ and shuff in’ and hear all your minstrel show singing on this bus. [looks towards other singer] You too.
    Bertier: Got that right.
    Big Ju: [turns towards him, annoyed] You can shut up too.
  • Blue Stanton: Five, Six, Five Six Seven Eight!
    Team: [Echoed] Everywhere we go -Everywhere we go-, people wanna know -people wanna know-, who we are -who we are-, so we tell them -so we tell them- We Are The Titans! -We Are The Titans!- The Mighty Mighty Titans! -The Mighty Mighty Titans!…
  • Blue Stanton: Coach we need a water break, we been out here all day!
    Coach Boone: What did you say?
    Blue Stanton: Said, we need a water break.
    Coach Boone: A water break? Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform and you don’t get no blood on my uniform, boy you must be outside your mind! We are going to do up-downs, until Blue is no longer tired, and thirsty.
  • Petey Jones: [Sunshine is running his hand through his newly-cut hair] Hey now, all that rubbin’ ain’t gonna make them golden locks grow back no faster, now, you know that, right?
  • Coach Yoast: This isn’t about me, I’m worried about my boys.
    Coach Boone: Well I’m not going to cut ‘em and eat ‘em. The best player will play, color won’t matter.
    Coach Yoast: From te looks of our little situation we got us here, I think that’s about all that does.
    Coach Boone: Yeah, your right. We in a tough spot, coach. You, me, the whole city. I think it’d go a long way to smooth things over if you’d stay, work on the staff, be a defensive coordinator, assistant head coach.
    Coach Yoast: Work under you.
    Coach Boone: If that’s the way you see it.
    Coach Yoast: Good night, Coach.
  • Petey Jones: Why the clouds, Sunshine?
  • Coach Yoast: All right, now, I don’t want them to gain *another yard!* * You blitz… all… night!* If they cross the line of scrimmage, I’m gonna take every last one of you out! You make sure they remember, *forever*, the night they played the Titans! [defense cheers] Leave no doubt!
  • Bertier: Left side!
    Big Ju: Strong Side!
    Bertier: Left side!
    Big Ju: Strong Side!
    Bertier: Left side!
    Big Ju: Strong Side!
  • Louie Lastik: I’m Louie Lastik, I’m defensive lineman, naval family just moved here from Bayonne, someone said football, so I came runnin’. What’s goin’ on everybody?
    [awkward silence]
  • Coach Boone: What, you say your name was Jerry?
    Bertier: [annoyed] Gerry.
    Coach Boone: No, you must have said Jerry. Jerry Lewis, which you make *you* [looks towards Dean] Dean Martin. [towards parents] Ladies and gentleman! I’ve got an announcement to make. We got Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin going to camp with us this year. Jerry tells the jokes, Dean sings the songs and gets the girl. Let’s give em a round of applause. [begins to clap, inching closer to Gerry, parents are quiet] Where’s your folks… Gerry?
  • Alan Bosley: [act naturally playing in the background] Huh? Yes! This one… I don’t even have to ask but, I will. What do you think of this one?
    Blue Stanton: [rubbing head] Does the term, cruel and unusal punishment mean *anything* to you?
  • Sheryl Yoast: In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, it’s bigger than Christmas day. My daddy coached in Alexandria, he worked so hard my momma left him, but I stayed with coach, he needed me on that field.
  • Carol Boone: Sometimes life is hard for no reason at all.
  • Petey Jones: Hey, hey, Lastik man what happened to you?
    Louie Lastik: [holding back, in fake pain] Man I just gave your momma a piggy-back ride and she weighs twice as much as I do!
    Petey Jones: That ain’t funny!
  • Coach Boone: Are your parents here?
    Bertier: There’s my mother.
    Coach Boone: Good.
    [nods his head at Gary's mom]
    Coach Boone: You take a look at her. Cause once you step on that bus you aint got your mama no more. You got your brothers on the team and you got your daddy. You know who your daddy is, doncha? Gary, if you want to play on this football team, you answer me when I ask you who is your daddy? Who’s your daddy, Gary? Who’s your daddy?
    Bertier: You.
    Coach Boone: And who’s team is this, Gary? Is this your team? Or is this your daddy’s team?
    Bertier: Yours.
    Coach Boone: Now get on the bus. Put on your jacket first and then get on the bus.
  • Coach Boone: We will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football, and i will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let’s go to work.
  • Coach Boone: You look like a bunch of fifth grade sissies after a cat fight! You got anger, that’s good you’re gonna need it, you got aggression that’s even better you’re gonna need that, too. But any little two year old child can throw a fit! Football is about controlling that anger, harnessing that aggression into a team effort to achieve perfection!
  • Bertier: Listen, I’m Geery, you’re Julius. Let’s just get some particulars and get this over with.
    Big Ju: Particulars? Man, no matter what I tell you, you ain’t never gonna know nothing about me.
    Bertier: Listen, I ain’t running any more of these three-a-days
    Big Ju: Well, what I’ve got to say, you really don’t wanna hear ‘cuz honesty ain’t too high upon your people’s priorities.
    Bertier: Honesty? You want honesty? Honestly, I think you’re nothing. Nothing but a pure waste of God-given talent. You don’t listen to nobody, man! Not even Doc or Boone! Shiver push on the line everytime and you blow right past ‘em! Push ‘em, pull ‘em, do something! You run over everyone in this league, and everytime you do you leave one of your teammates hanging out to dry, me in particular!
    Big Ju: Why should I give a hoot about you, huh? Or anyone else out there? You wanna talk about the ways you’re the captain?
    Bertier: Right.
    Big Ju: You got a job?
    Bertier: I’ve got a job.
    Big Ju: You been doing your job?
    Bertier: I’ve been doing my job.
    Big Ju: Then why don’t you tell your white buddies to block for Rev better? Because they have not blocked for him worth a blood nickel, and you know it! Nobody plays. Yourself included. I’m supposed to wear myself out for the team? What team? Nah, nah what I’m gonna do is look out for myself and I’ma get mine.
    Bertier: See man, that’s the worst attitude I ever heard.
    Big Ju: Attitude reflects leadership, captain.
  • Petey Jones: [has hand raised for a high-five and is smiling]
    Coach Boone: Put your hand down. [Petey does as told]
    Coach Boone: You’re smiling.
    Petey Jones: Yes.
    Coach Boone: Yes, sir. Why are you smiling?
    Petey Jones: ‘Cause I love football. Football is fun.
    Coach Boone: Fun, sir? It’s fun?
    Petey Jones: Yes.
    Coach Boone: You sure?
    Petey Jones: I think…
    Coach Boone: Now you’re thinkin’. First you smile, then you thinkin’. You think football is still fun?
    Petey Jones: Uh, yes.
    Coach Boone: Sir.
    Petey Jones: Yes- no, sir.
    Coach Boone: No?
    Petey Jones: Um, it was fun.
    Coach Boone: Not anymore though, is it? *Is* it?
    Petey Jones: Not right now, no.
    Coach Boone: No, it’s not fun anymore. Not even a little bit.
    Petey Jones: Uh… no.
    Coach Boone: Make up your mind. Think since you’re thinking. Go on, think. Is it fun?
    Petey Jones: No, sir.
    Coach Boone: No? Absolutely not?
    Petey Jones: Zero fun, sir.
    Coach Boone: [addresses team] All right, listen up! I’m Coach Boone. I’m gonna tell you about how much… *fun* you’re gonna have this season.
  • Coach Boone: I don’t scratch my head unless it itches and I don’t dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That’s just the way it is.
  • Coach Boone: [after Gary got into his car accident] I don’t know mama, maybe Yost was right. Maybe I pushed him to hard.
    Carol Boone: Gary had an accident. Sometimes life’s just hard, for no reason at all.
    Coach Boone: Do you think I was blinded by my own ambition?
    Carol Boone: Whatever kind of ambition it took to do what you did around here, this world could use a lot more of it Herman.
  • Coach Boone: It’s all right. We’re in a fight. You boys are doing all that you can do. Anybody can see that. Win or lose… We gonna walk out of this stadium tonight with our heads held high. Do your best. That’s all anybody can ask for.
    Big Ju: No, it ain’t Coach. With all due respect, uh, you demanded more of us. You demanded perfection. Now, I ain’t saying that I’m perfect, ’cause I’m not. And I ain’t gonna never be. None of us are. But we have won every single game we have played till now. So this team is perfect. We stepped out on that field that way tonight. And, uh, if it’s all the same to you, Coach Boone, that’s how we want to leave it.
    Coach Yoast: Yeah. I hope you boys have learned as much from me this year as I’ve learned from you. You’ve taught this city how to trust the soul of a man rather than the look of him. And I guess it’s about time I joined the club.
  • Bertier: [lying down on bed] I ain’t looking at that for 2 weeks man. Take it down.
    Big Ju: Well, you can close your eyes for 2 weeks for all I care. Why don’t you look at your wall and I’ll look at mine.
    Bertier: [getting up] I’ll look wherever I want to, and I dont wanna be looking at that for 2 weeks.
    Big Ju: Then you better use your x-ray vision, Superman, and look right through it, cause it ain’t coming down. [fight breaks out]
    Alan Bosley: [opens door, and shouts] Fight!
    Team: [team comes into room and joins the fight]

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Facts

  • The actual name of the High School opponent in the championship game was Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, Virginia.
  • There is one scene in the film where a brick is thrown through Coach Boone’s window. In real life it was an old toilet that was thrown, but film makers thought this would add humor to the serious situation.
  • As part of the director’s efforts at authenticity, two of the referees in the film – E.Y. Coley and B. Keith Harmon, who played the crooked referee – are actual officials with the Atlanta Area Football Officials Association.
  • The original script was full of profanity but Disney, in an effort to produce a good family film, asked producer, ‘Jerry Bruckheimer’, to remove all extreme profanity from the script.
  • Victory Stadium, where the actual championship game was played was demolished in July 2006. In the 1970s Victory Stadium was the home field for Jefferson, Patrick Henry, William Fleming, Addison & Roanoke Catholic High Schools.
  • The film is made more accessible to non-fans of the sport of football by careful music editing – whenever the Titans complete a key play or turn the game in their favor, the music changes to upbeat rock.
  • SPOILER: Though in the movie Gary Bertier is paralyzed before the Titans win State, he actually played in that game and was in the car accident afterward.
  • In the film, ‘Denzel Washington’’s character speaks about the Civil War and its importance for race relations. Washington previously acted as a Civil War soldier in Glory (1989), a film about the 54th Massachusetts, the first all-black regiment in the American Army.
  • In the movie the character of Dr. Day is portrayed as the school board chairman. In fact while Dr. Day was the first African-American to serve on Alexandria School Board and was on the Board in the year George Washington and Hammond High were reorganized to achieve integration in the schools, the actual school board chairman at the time was Norman Schrott.
  • The state championship game was played at 12 o’clock noon on Saturday, not at night as portrayed in the movie.
  • The football camp that the players go to was filmed at Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia. Berry has never had a football team (save intermural flag football). The quadrangle of buildings in which the players stayed are really girl’s dormitories. Many students can be seen in the background of these shots as classes were in session during filming.
  • The school used for T.C. Williams is Druid Hills High School, in DeKalb County, Georgia. The school has no stadium or football field, though, so the football scenes were filmed at Berry College and at other High Schools in the Atlanta area including Paulding County High School.
  • In real life, Coach Bill Yoast has four daughters, not just Sheryl. Since two daughters were older and one a baby, Sheryl was with her father at most of the games and other events, and the filmmakers thought it would be confusing and distracting to depict the other three. The sisters were fine with it, and enjoyed the movie.
  • In T.C. Williams High School, there is a large trophy case in the main lobby across from the auditorium completely dedicated to Gary Bertier. There is another large trophy case on the opposite wall dedicated to the 1971 T.C. Titans.
  • Ray Budds, Alan Bosley, Fred Bosley, and Coach Tyrell are just some of the many fictional characters created for the film to make it more conflicting and dramatic.
  • Tourists often went to the real T.C. Williams High School after the movie was released, according to Sports Illustrated, and were very surprised that the real school does not look like the one in the movie. The movie was not filmed in Alexandria; it was filmed in various locations in Georgia.
  • The Perry High School marching band from Perry, Georgia portrayed the marching band of TC Williams HS. Perry was chosen because their uniforms were of the same colors as those of TC Williams HS. All of the band music in the film is actually played by them, and as thanks for their participation in the film, they were given a semi-truck trailer.
  • SPOILER: The final score in the championship game was 27-0, won by T.C. Williams. Andrew Lewis totaled negative rushing yardage during the game.
  • Opened with a gross of $20.905m in the USA and stopped September 2000 from being one of the worst months for movies ever.
  • The real Sheryl Yoast died in 1996.
  • The midnight run taken by the players while at camp would have taken them a long time to complete as the places they pass are not only all over the 28,000 acre Berry College campus, but are as much as 60 miles away in Chickamauga National Park.

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Goofs

  • When Sunshine first comes to the practice and throws the football at Gerry you can see Alan and Blue standing behind Gerry watching the football fly through the air. But when the football hits Gerry you see Alan and Blue in front of him turning to laugh.
  • In the opening scene the train going by has sunken well double stack trailer cars. These were not in common use until the 80’s.
  • While at Gettysburg, Coach Boone says 50,000 men died there during the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. There were approximately 50,000 casualties (killed/wounded/missing), but the actual number killed was much lower.
  • In the pre-game talk before the first game, Coach Boone says, “In Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power.” However, the titans ruled the *Earth*, and were overthrown by the Olympians.
  • In one of the games, Sunshine’s first pass of the game is thrown with his right hand, even though he is shown to be left-handed
  • In the locker room scene where the players are talking about Gerry Bertier’s mom, you can see a covered up superman tattoo on the actor’s arm who plays Gerry.
  • In the locker room when the players are singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. The actor who plays Blue can be heard singing “No, No, darlin’” when the lyric is “Don’t worry, baby”.
  • After football camp the players return. The subtitle states the first day of school as September 4th (1971). This was a Saturday and would not be the first day of school.
  • In stadium, the people are dressed for cold weather. Afterwards in the downtown scene they are dressed like it is a warm summer night.
  • At the end of the game where Petey talks to Sunshine about how they will never be up by 50 points, the announcer makes it plain that the Titans won with a last second touchdown. The scoreboard reads 17-10, meaning they won by a touchdown and an extra point. If they scored with no time left as is implied, they would not have kicked an extra point. Therefor, the final score should have been 16-10.
  • A helmet can be seen on the driver of the car when it spins after being hit.
  • When Sunshine first comes to the team during training and throws the ball at Gary, it appears to be dropping to the right of his back and missing. But hits him in the middle of his back in the final close range shot.
  • As with most “based on a true story” stories, there are several discrepancies between the real events and the way they are portrayed in the film.
  • In the early 1970s, Igloo coolers were galvanized steel, not plastic as shown.
  • Bertier is shown wearing a T.C. Williams letter jacket, with letter, in the middle of the season. Letters are awarded after the season has ended. Since TCW is a new school, and this is their first season ever, no TCW letters would have yet been awarded.
  • Player uniforms throughout the film look unrealistically grass stained, as if they’ve been intentionally distressed.
  • In the championship game, the team opposing the Titans starts using the shotgun offense. The Titans’ assistant coach recognizes the play immediately and clearly knows it’s a pro-type offense, saying, “Who do these guys think they are, the New York Jets?” However, in 1971, the shotgun formation had not been used in the NFL for over a decade (and then only by one team, the San Francisco 49ers) and was not a part of the pro playbook until Tom Landry reintroduced it with the Dallas Cowboys in 1975. If the coach had recognized the formation at all he would never have associated it with the Jets or the pros.
  • During a game sequence, an opposing running back runs a sweep. He fumbles the ball which is picked up by a Titan player, who runs it in for a touchdown, the wrong way.
  • Facemasks on helmets change from shot to shot in games.
  • The players High-Five in the gym. In 1971, they would have given “skin”: palm up to palm down.
  • When Coach Boone goes to Coach Yost’s house to apologize for accepting the head coaching job, the cameraman is reflected in the window just before Boone knocks on the door.
  • The helmets are of a late 1990s design, which are much more strongly designed and made than those actually worn in the early 1970s when this movie takes place.
  • When the players are at camp eating lunch after the first practice, Blue starts humming and Rev says, “Lord, we come before you today and ask you to soften big Julius Campbell’s heart.” “Lord, we come before you today” is clearly repeated when the camera switches to Ray talking with Gerry.
  • During the locker room scene, a tattoo on the right shoulder of the actor who plays Petey can be seen, though it has been covered with make-up to make it less visible.
  • A “CSX” railroad car appears in the background. This movie takes place in 1971 and the CSX railroad corporation was not formed until the mid 1980s.
  • T.C. Williams High School had actually been integrated since 1963. The successful 1971 football season was not credited to integration but to consolidation of two other high schools; the tripling of the class sizes gave them a larger talent pool to choose from. There was racial violence at that time in Alexandria but not over the football team; instead it was over an unrelated incident where a white convenience store clerk killed a black student in a struggle.
  • High school football rules in 1971 did not allow a recovered fumble to be advance by the recovering team. This happens several times in crucial situations.
  • All “road” games for T.C. Williams obviously filmed on the same field, including the State Championship game.
  • The correct name of the Groveton team that they played in game three was the Tigers, not the Lions.

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Soundtrack

  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Performed by ‘Marvin Gaye’ & Tammi Tarrell
  • “Spirit In The Sky” Written and Performed by ‘Norman Greenbaum’
  • “Spill The Wine” Performed by ‘Eric Burdon’ & ‘War’
  • “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” Performed by ‘Steam’
  • “House Of The Rising Sun” Performed by Frijid Pink
  • “Venus” Performed by ‘Shocking Blue’
  • “Fire and Rain” Written and Performed by ‘James Taylor’
  • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” Performed by ‘Marvin Gaye’
  • “Up Around the Bend” Performed by ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival’
  • “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” by ‘The Hollies’ (1972)
  • “Peace Train” by ‘Cat Stevens’
  • “Express Yourself” by ‘Charles Wright (V)’ & ‘The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band’
  • “Act Naturally” by ‘Buck Owens (II)’
  • “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” by ‘Leon Russell’
  • “I Want to Take You Higher” by ‘Ike & Tina Turner’ (as Ike and Tina Turner)
  • “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)” by ‘The Temptations’
  • “You’ve Got to Earn It” by ‘The Temptations’
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