Director Howard Deutch’s genial, enjoyable and well-acted 2000 sports comedy stars Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco, a strike-breaking American pro-football player, who replaces the star quarterback.
In Vince McEwin’s neatly written screenplay, an American football team goes on strike, so the worried team owner (Jack Warden) enlists a legendary old coach called Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman), who hires substitute players.
The screenplay is based on the real-life 1987 pro-football players’ strike.
Also in the cast are Jon Favreau, Rhys Ifans (as Nigel Gruff!), Gailard Sartain, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones, Faizon Love, Art LaFleur, Troy Winbush, Michael Jace, Michael Taliferro and Brett Cullen as the All-Pro quarterback.
© Derek Winnert 2017 Classic Movie Review 4887
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