Any Given Sunday (1999)
Front Cover Actor
Al Pacino Tony D'Amato
Dennis Quaid Jack 'Cap' Rooney
Cameron Diaz Christina Pagniacci
James Woods Dr. Harvey Mandrake
Jamie Foxx Willie Beamen
LL Cool J Julian Washington
Matthew Modine Dr. Ollie Powers
Jim Brown Montezuma Monroe
Lawrence Taylor Luther 'Shark' Lavay
Bill Bellamy Jimmy Sanderson
Charlton Heston The Commissioner
Ann-Margret
Elizabeth Berkley
Andrew Bryniarski
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Oliver Stone
Producer Dan Halsted; Lauren Shuler Donner
Writer Daniel Pyne; John Logan
Studio Warner Brothers; WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 30 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Any Given Sunday, Oliver Stone's salute-cum-exposé of pro football, belabors some pretty obvious points for nigh onto three hours; but between the frenetic editing, the pounding rap-music beats, and several flashy performances, it's certainly never dull. Al Pacino, coach of the fictional Miami Sharks (the NFL declined involvement in this production), struggles with the most time-honored of sports movie dilemmas: what to do with the old friend who's past his prime and the young hotshot who could save the franchise but first has to learn what being a team player is all about. Comedian Jamie Foxx does a marvelous dramatic turn as the rookie quarterback whose ego and talent are equally impressive, while Pacino seems more at ease in Oliver Stone Land than any actor since regular James Woods (on hand as well as a sleazy team doctor). Prowling the sidelines, shouting spittle-flecked orders, seizing up in almost physical pain when a play goes the wrong way, Pacino is as unashamedly--and entertainingly--hyperbolic as Stone's whirling montages of boiling storm clouds, bloodthirsty fans, and players smashed into the mud. (Once again football, perhaps the most sophisticated of team sports, is viewed cinematically as a bunch of guys hitting each other in slow motion.) Unfortunately, all the self-conscious mythologizing and pumped-up macho posturing that Stone can muster doesn't conceal a clichéd, slapped-together script, whose few good ideas (mostly about race in America) jostle about with several hoary, terrible ones--including a too-literal analogy of football players as modern gladiators. (To drive the point home, Stone includes Charlton Heston--the aging Ben-Hur--in one of many star-powered cameos.) All in all, Any Given Sunday is never dull, but never very enjoyable, either. --Bruce Reid
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 1468
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/19/04
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
IMDB
All Movie Guide
Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 085391832225
Chapters
Release Date 9/14/04
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen