Invincible (2006). "This is even stupider than I'm used to."
Storyline :In the summer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He's been working as a substitute teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he'll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce. He works as a part-time bartender and plays football with his friends. When the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give it a try. Based on a true story
Directors: Ericson Core
Writers: Brad Gann
Stars: Mark Wahlburg, Elizabeth Banks, Greg Kinnear, and Kirk Acevedo
Awards: 2 Nominations
Film Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Worldwide: $58,480,828
Like any other movie set in the 1970's we of course need a very stereotypical soundtrack.
One man's impossible dream... became his biggest triumph with these fun facts along the way.
In the Giants game, when Mark Wahlberg is running down the sideline in special teams coverage, a Giants player hits him hard and knocks him down. This Giants player was a football player at the nearby University of Delaware, and was not supposed to contact Wahlberg, let alone knock him down. As a result of this, the player was told to leave the set, but the scene was kept.
Vince Papale played three seasons for the Eagles, and was the Special Teams Captain in 1978.
Early in the movie, after Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) is interviewed by the local sports host in front of the bar, he goes running to get in shape for Eagles training camp. If you look closely, you will notice that he runs under the El Train along Kensington Avenue. There is a green street sign above him that says "Tusculum Street." This is noteworthy, as Sylvester Stallone, in Rocky (1976), lived on the same block of Tusculum and Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia.
The real Vince Papale is 6'2" while Wahlberg is 6 inches shorter at only 5'8."
This film is referenced and parodied in the season three episode of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' "The Gang Gets Invincible."
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