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.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Profanely funny, wised-up and heroically antiheroic, North Dallas Forty is unlikely to please anyone with a vested interest in glorifying the National Football League.

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Variety Staff

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

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People Magazine

It's not damning with faint praise to say this is the best pro football movie ever -- and by yards.

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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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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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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.

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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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