Invincible

Invincible

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Invincible

Based on the true story of South Philadelphia bartender Vince Papale's bid to make the roster of his beloved Philadelphia Eagles American Football team. Stars Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear.

Set in the mid-70s amidst an economic collapse, blue-collared Vince (Wahlberg) - jobless & recently divorced - responds to an open call try out for the struggling Eagles. Vince is the only local to make the grade and though the toast of the local bars, he’s an outcast in the team. Film tracks his shot at the big time.

2006Rating: M105 minsUSA
DramaSportTrue Story & Biography
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Variety

Variety

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Handling both directing and cinematography duties, Core invests both with a clearly impassioned sense of place, period and perspective regarding this fanfare for common men... The film's most obvious sports movie connection is to "Rocky," with its mythic account of another Philly underdog who never gave up. Yet thanks to rookie director (and vet lenser) Ericson Core's handling and Mark Wahlberg's and Greg Kinnear's soberly professional and firmly grounded portrayals of Papale and Dick Vermeil, respectively, little here indulges in "Rocky"-like theatrics or overkill...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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'Invincible' counters its predictably inspirational trajectory with close attention to historical detail and blue-collar hardship. While a national energy crisis and the ghost of Vietnam tug at the fringes of the story, the director and cinematographer, Ericson Core, focuses on the stained wallpaper in Vince’s apartment and the dingy camaraderie of the neighborhood bar. He understands that to the beleaguered working class in mid-1970’s Philadelphia, Vince’s story holds out hope for much more than just a winning game...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A neatly packaged Walt Disney Co. picture with bone-crunching football action; a nice sense of the blue-collar, male-dominated milieu that nourishes football fanaticism; and a few too many tugs at the heartstrings...

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Variety

Variety

press

Handling both directing and cinematography duties, Core invests both with a clearly impassioned sense of place, period and perspective regarding this fanfare for common men... The film's most obvious sports movie connection is to "Rocky," with its mythic account of another Philly underdog who never gave up. Yet thanks to rookie director (and vet lenser) Ericson Core's handling and Mark Wahlberg's and Greg Kinnear's soberly professional and firmly grounded portrayals of Papale and Dick Vermeil, respectively, little here indulges in "Rocky"-like theatrics or overkill...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

'Invincible' counters its predictably inspirational trajectory with close attention to historical detail and blue-collar hardship. While a national energy crisis and the ghost of Vietnam tug at the fringes of the story, the director and cinematographer, Ericson Core, focuses on the stained wallpaper in Vince’s apartment and the dingy camaraderie of the neighborhood bar. He understands that to the beleaguered working class in mid-1970’s Philadelphia, Vince’s story holds out hope for much more than just a winning game...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A neatly packaged Walt Disney Co. picture with bone-crunching football action; a nice sense of the blue-collar, male-dominated milieu that nourishes football fanaticism; and a few too many tugs at the heartstrings...

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