NORTH DALLAS FORTY (1979)
A film by Ted Kotcheff.
Cast: Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Mac Davis.
A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
Nick Nolte gives a great performance in this film. It is the best football film ever made so far. A semi-realistic look at the dallas cowboy behind the scene and on the field. Phil Elliot, the wide receiver whose character was based on Pete Gent, a wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys who authored the book (North Dallas Forty) the movie was based on. This movie was made and released about six years after its source semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Peter Gent was first published in 1973. The name of the football team in the movie is the North Dallas Bulls, loosely based on the real life NFL football team the Dallas Cowboys, which Gent played for between 1964 and 1968. To prepare for his role as an NFL footballer, actor Nick Nolte underwent a rigorous training schedule for several weeks with professional NFL footballers. During a training camp in preparation for this movie, any actors or athletes who missed practice were fined. According to writer Peter Gent, the role of Seth Maxwell (played Mac Davis) was actually offered to NFL player ‘Don Meredith (I)’ who the character is apparently based on. The character of Seth Maxwell (Mac Davis) was allegedly based on quarterback Don Meredith (Maxwell was even offered the role); B. A. Strothers (G.D. Spradlin) on Tom Landry, and Phillip Elliott (Nick Nolte) on wide receiver Peter Gent.