Official selection of the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
Harvard Stadium November 23, 1968. With the Vietnam war raging, Nixon in the White House and issues from civil rights to women's lib dividing the country, Harvard and Yale, both teams undefeated for the first time since 1909, meet for the annual climax of the Ivy League football season. On the blue-blooded Yale campus, gridiron fever has made local celebrities out of a Yale team led by quarterback Brian Dowling, who hadn't lost a game that he finished since the 7th grade and who was the model for Doonesbury's "B.D." As civil unrest scars Harvard, a melting pot team of working class players, antiwar activists and a decorated Vietnam vet set aside their differences for the Big Game. Together, Yale and Harvard stage an unforgettable football contest that baffles even their own coaches. Using vintage game footage and bracingly honest contemporary interviews with the players from both sides, including Harvard lineman and future Oscar® winner Tommy Lee Jones, Rafferty crafts an alternately suspenseful, hilarious and poignant portrait of American lives, American sports and American ideals both tested on the playing field and transformed by turbulent times.
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I was planning to watch the game on TV at home that day. But I went out with my friends instead. So I missed a great game. I remember that a week or so later WHDH Ch. 5 in Boston aired a half-hour special called "42 Seconds," which gave me a taste of what I missed. But watching this film 40 years later -- I finally feel I got the full experience of what some have called the greatest football game ever played.
Encapsulates that line from "K-Hole" by Cocorosie: "Nothing's holier than sports."
Really good film and now I know where BD came from!
I know we know the ending but the whole family was sitting on the edge of our seats. Great subject and engaging storytelling.