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Paper Lion (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 14 October 1968 (USA)
Sportswriter George Plimpton poses as a rookie quarterback for the Detroit Lions for a "Sports Illustrated" article.

Director:

Alex March

Writers:

George Plimpton (book), Lawrence Roman
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... George Plimpton
Lauren Hutton ... Kate
Joe Schmidt Joe Schmidt ... Joe Schmidt
Alex Karras ... Alex Karras
John Gordy John Gordy ... John Gordy
Mike Lucci Mike Lucci ... Mike Lucci
Pat Studstill Pat Studstill ... Pat Studstill
Bill McPeak Bill McPeak ... Bill McPeak
Jim Martin Jim Martin ... Jim Martin
Jim David Jim David ... Jim David
Chuck Knox Chuck Knox ... Charles Knox (as Charles Knox)
John North John North ... John North
Carl Brettschneider Carl Brettschneider ... Carl Brettschneider
Roger Brown Roger Brown ... Roger Brown
Lem Barney Lem Barney ... Lem Barney
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Storyline

George Plimpton wants to write a story for Sports Illustrated on what it is like to be a quarterback for an NFL team. No one is willing to allow a klutzy amateur to go on the field for fear he'll kill himself. After several teams turn him down, Plimpton got the Detroit Lions to let him go to training camp. He tries to keep his true identity a secret from the real players. This is based on a true incident and many of the players play themselves in the movie. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The Paper Lion is About to Get Creamed

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Approved

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paper Lion See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Joe Schmidt and Lem Barney of Lions, who play themselves in the movie, have been inducted in the NFL hall of Fame. See more »

Goofs

After George enters the game and the team is penalized for Delay of Game, the referee is shown winding the clock. The clock is not started after a Delay penalty. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Lombardi: You know, George, we carry four quarterbacks now. And to ask us to carry five, I think would be a real headache. I just don't think it will work.
[Shows George the door]
Vincent Lombardi: Have you tried the AFL?
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer from the opening credits: "This film is an amiable fiction based on the book 'Paper Lion' by George Plimpton and is not intended to be a literal depiction of its author." See more »

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Referenced in The Deuce: My Name Is Ruby (2017) See more »

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Over-achiever Plimpton Becomes a Detroit Lion
1 February 1999 | by sboxSee all my reviews

This is simply a fun movie. Alan Alda portrays Plimpton believably. I was left constantly thinking, "How would I survive a professional football training camp?" Definitely not as well as Plimpton did. I would have quit after the first day.

Another interesting thing about this film is to see all of the cameos from real people and players from 1968. Players from Alex Karras, Frank Gifford, and even the late Bill McPeak pop up in this movie.

Oh and lest we forget. Ms. Hutton is gorgeous!


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