Any Given Sunday (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 1999.  , , .  Screen story by , , Screenplay by John Logan, Oliver Stone.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , ,

Al Pacino plays the disgruntled, aging coach of a troubled football team owned by a tough-as-nails, monstrously evil woman (well, aren’t they all, Mr. Stone) who thinks the team needs new management.  plays the team’s star quarterback, Jamie Foxx is the new star in town and  is the caring doctor who wishes the football players weren’t pushed so hard to damage themselves.

Scene after scene unfolds sloppily before your very eyes without ever making a statement, nor do the pieces of the multi-casted puzzle ever come together to make a complete whole. Wasted in smaller roles are , Ann-Margret and James Woods, plus the film’s best performance (and most humane character) coming from .

Berlin Film Festival:  In Competition

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