North Dallas Forty
North Dallas Forty (1979)

Onetime Dallas Cowboy Peter Gent's tell-all novel about the big business of football is the source for Ted Kotcheff's film, which explores the destructive world faced by NFL players both on and off the field.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 3, 1979
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
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Consensus: Muddled overall, but perceptive and brutally realistic, North Dallas Forty also benefits from strong performances by Nick Nolte and Charles Durning. Football fans will likely find it fascinating.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Retains enough of the original novel's authenticity to deliver strong, if brutish, entertainment.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Something of a mess, both in terms of the wayward plot which rambles all over the place, and in terms of the rather muddled juggling of audience sympathies.

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It relies upon your belief in the inherent nobility of the sport... If you believe that, this is the greatest sports movie ever made. If you don't, it's a wallow in self-pity.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The football scenes are brutally real; the locker room scenes are totally authentic.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The leading man, Nick Nolte, has a physical authority and a clowning, irreverent manner that lend the film some semblance of continuity, even when it's about to flounder.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The best football movie ever made.

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The production is a most realistic, hard-hitting and perceptive look at the seamy side of pro football.

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TV Guide

Pro football fans may be disillusioned by this excellent, honest, and often brutal expose of the play-for-pay game.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Raucous football tale with effective Nolte.

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