Any Given Sunday [Blu-ray]
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Life is a contact sport and football is life when three-time academy award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and a dynamic acting ensemble explore the fortunes of the Miami Sharks in Any Given Sunday. At the 50-year line of this gridiron cosmos is Al Pacino as Tony D'Amato, the embattled Sharks coach facing a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy sharks owner (Cameron Diaz) who's sure Tony is way too old school. An injured quarterback (Dennis Quaid), a flashy, bull-headed backup QB (Jamie Foxx), a slithery team doctor (James Woods) and a running back with an incentive-laden contract (LL Cool J) also provide some of the stories that zigzag like diagrams in a playbook. and throughout, there's the awesome spectacle of motion, sound and action orchestrated by Stone.

Any Given Sunday, Oliver Stone's salute-cum-expos¨¦ of pro football, belabors some pretty obvious points for nigh onto three hours; but between the frenetic editing, the pounding rap-music beats, and several flashy performances, it's certainly never dull. Al Pacino, coach of the fictional Miami Sharks (the NFL declined involvement in this production), struggles with the most time-honored of sports movie dilemmas: what to do with the old friend who's past his prime and the young hotshot who could save the franchise but first has to learn what being a team player is all about. Comedian Jamie Foxx does a marvelous dramatic turn as the rookie quarterback whose ego and talent are equally impressive, while Pacino seems more at ease in Oliver Stone Land than any actor since regular James Woods (on hand as well as a sleazy team doctor). Prowling the sidelines, shouting spittle-flecked orders, seizing up in almost physical pain when a play goes the wrong way, Pacino is as unashamedly--and entertainingly--hyperbolic as Stone's whirling montages of boiling storm clouds, bloodthirsty fans, and players smashed into the mud. (Once again football, perhaps the most sophisticated of team sports, is viewed cinematically as a bunch of guys hitting each other in slow motion.) Unfortunately, all the self-conscious mythologizing and pumped-up macho posturing that Stone can muster doesn't conceal a clich¨¦d, slapped-together script, whose few good ideas (mostly about race in America) jostle about with several hoary, terrible ones--including a too-literal analogy of football players as modern gladiators. (To drive the point home, Stone includes Charlton Heston--the aging Ben-Hur--in one of many star-powered cameos.) All in all, Any Given Sunday is never dull, but never very enjoyable, either. --Bruce Reid

Customer Reviews:

  • A hard hitting action movie
    Yes, action movie. Sure, the movie is set in the world of pro football, but it comes off as more of an action flick than a sports show. It's very hard hitting with a very loud pulse. Loud, thumping music fills your ears throughout, and the story is full of hard-hitting (pun intended) characters. A very in your face type of movie.

    I love the idea of a football movie taking the role of more of an action movie, as opposed to a football movie. I think everyone needs a bit of pure action fun every once in a while, and that's what this movie provides.

    Of course, that doesn't mean you don't gain some slight care for what happens to the characters as they battle on and off the field. The aging quarterback trying to hold on to his career and family. The young quarterback fighting for his newly gained position and with his newly gained fame. The aging linebacker fighting through injury for that one last paycheck to set his family for life. The coach, on the downside of his career, fighting tooth and nail with a demanding owner.

    What it all boils down to is a very fun movie that I find myself watching time and time again....more info

  • Could've been great!
    I found this movie to be awful! The pace could've been kicked up, enabling the movie to flow together more cohesively. The scenes seemed to be disjointed, one minute here, the next minute there, but it didn't alleviate the drag of the story line. While it did capture the feel of the NFL, the uniforms, the people working on the sidelines, the coaches etc. the movie floundered when it attempted to get an important point across. This could've been put together so much better!...more info
  • By far my favorite Oliver Stone film
    Any Given Sunday is about the Miami Sharks football team and their struggle to make it to the top. The team is owned by Cameron Diaz, in quite possibly her fiercest role, as she takes no prisoners and is just as willing to hit her players as hire them. The coach is Al Pacino in a stereotypical Pacino role complete with scratchy voice, alcoholic tendencies, and volatile temper. Dennis Quaid plays the first-string quarterback who has spearheaded the team through so many good seasons that, even though he's injury plagued like Humpty Dumpty the team just keeps putting him back together again. When he's injured at the beginning of the season, the Sharks call out their second-string quarterback who is immediately injured too, and then they go to the bench for Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx). Beamen is so used to warming the bench that he barely knows the plays they're calling and he gets nauseated the first time he steps on the field. Still, after a few games he finds his stride and becomes the team's golden boy--nausea or no. Eventually he gets a bit big for his britches and starts talking down the defense, putting more powder up his nose than on it, and thinking that he doesn't have to listen to the coach, which Pacino hates of course.

    Any Given Sunday is fast-paced, hectic, and dramatic in the way that only Oliver Stone could make it. Cameron Diaz is my favorite character because she's so incredibly fierce that I can't believe she gets away with treating the people she does without any consequences. Jamie Foxx is perfect as the arrogant, cocky quarterback who of course can't be bothered to remember his humble days as a benchwarmer. One of the most hilarious moments of the film involves a commercial he films for MetRx complete with his own song, "My name is Willie (Beamen)," make sure to look out for it. Some of the supporting players include Lawrence Taylor as a defensive player who's been hit a few too many times, Ann-Margret as Diaz's liquored-up mother, and Lauren Holly as the first string quarterback's trophy wife who refuses to let her husband go down as a has-been. Overall, the cast is stellar and the direction is superb. Any Given Sunday is a must-see for anyone who enjoys sports movies that are fast-paced and dramatic without being sappy or overblown....more info
  • Where are you now that we need you, Bruno Ricci?
    It's hard to know where to start with this movie. Should one begin by saying, "Poor Al Pacino" or "Poor Oliver Stone." ... Two talents, notably wasted.

    Let's start with Al. ...

    Where have you gone, Al Pacino? A nation turns its lonely eyes to your lonely eyes. I think it was in "And Justice For All" that you started *lecturing* us. There you are, standing in front of an actor, usually a group of actors, and holding forth on this, that or the other thing. But this isn't acting, Al baby, it's pontificating. It's the writer, actor and director lecturing us. Worst of all, it's out of character; it's Al Pacino informing us "about life" -- in this case, football as a metaphor for life, Hollywood style.

    That might not be so bad, but this movie you're in, "Any Given Sunday," has absolutely nothing to say. Zero. Nada. Zilch! Moreover, it's cynical, mean-spirited and distasteful. This seems to me to be one of Oliver Stone's "Uh-Oh-He's-Taken-One-Too-Many-Drugs" films.

    Stone, as director, co-writer and bit actor in the movie, wants it both ways. On one hand, he hauls out every clich¨¦, every truism, every shallow intellectually impoverished "insight" about football - that it uses up bodies and spirits; that it represent corporatism-gone-wild; that it's no longer anything near a "game" but instead a cutthroat business. All of which Stone, too, pontificates about. But at the same time, he wants it the other way -- he takes every opportunity to show us the blood-lust of professional football, the spectacular hits, the macho strutting, along with all the worst aspects of human nature.

    Come on, Ollie, make-up-yer-mind! You can't have it both ways, bubi.

    It's not that there aren't talented people involved in the movie. Like so many other pieces of Hollywood crap, there is a great deal of talent in front of and behind the cameras. But to what end? To say what?

    Here's Oliver Stone making "JFK" in which he postulates that JFK was bumped off by, among others, the military-industrial complex. And yet in offering us "On Any Given Sunday," he makes no meaningful, no insightful, no first-order connection between football and the brutality of American militarism; football and the corporatization of America; football and "The American way of life." ... Any attempts to do this in the movie are cursory and embarrassingly weak.

    Consider Oliver Stone's "take" on 9/11; the ridiculous movie he made about the heroes of 9/11. Say, Oliver, think there might be just a *tad* of evidence that 9/1l was perhaps "allowed to happen" -- or worse? That there is, in fact, a truckload of information, evidence and "background context" that has been systematically ignored by the Establishment, and that maybe a talented filmmaker such as yourself can shed some light on. ... But wait a second, there I go mistaking you for someone other than a status quo-defending Establishment mainstay. (As they used ot say when they ran movies all day long: "This is where I came in."

    Anyways ... getting back to the movie. The funniest part of the movie, albeit completley unintential, is the quick-cut, still-photo reference to Al Pacino's character as a quarterback star in days gone by. Oh, please, Lord have mercy! (And, note: I'm an agnostic.) Al Pacino as a quarterback?! Okay, folks, it's LYAO time. I'm old enough to remember when some quarterbacks were short, e.g., Eddie LaBaron and Bobby Layne in the 1950s, but please -- Al Pacino as a quarterback? He'd have to bring a ladder to the line of scrimmage every time he threw a pass.

    As previously noted, the movie is packed with talented craftsman, Stone and Pacino included among them. But what are they toiling at? Answer: A pretentious piece of violent, frenzied, cynical, intellectually addled nonsense.

    Cameron Diaz shows that she should be in quality movies. So when is THAT gonna happen???

    But, again, what in the world is this movie trying to accomplish? Even if the movie only aspires to be "entertaining," it's totally ridiculous on the face of it -- the only entertainment value it can have is for the audience to laugh out loud at its shallowness and pomposity.

    Enough, Oliver, with these nanosecond, wink-of-an-eye, hyperactive montage cuts. You're a grown man, now, Oliver, an MTV central nervous system is not for you, my boychick. You may have been in an altered state when you shot these quick-burst, "hey-look-quick-was-that-Lee-Harvey-Oswald-on-the-sidelines" shots, but please, some of us haven't yet developed REM (rapid-eye-movement) syndrome.

    Sports movies are always difficult to pull off, but for my money one of the best sports/football movies - in fact, maybe the ONLY quality football movie - was "North Dallas Forty" starring Nick Nolte. Better yet, know what" -- read the book. Although after you watch "On Any Given Sunday" you may want to give your eyeballs 6 months to calm down and return to normal.

    No, Oliver Stone, no-no-no, you get the *minimum* number of stars: one star, una stella. And be forewarned, pal, that one star I'm giving you, I have an option on with Paramount that I may want back.

    In short: seek help, Ollie, bubi baby, before it's too late. Let the camera linger next time, you know, maybe, like, for three-quarters of a second. Study the way Vittorio DeSica used his camera.

    And, Al, Al Pacino -- my paisan, my cumpare! ... How did it comes to this? I want all inquiries made. I want no acts of vengeance. These goofy, nonsensical movies you're making, one after another after another, $$$ba-da-bing ba-da-bing$$$ ... ALL THIS MUST END! ...more info
  • Any given sports movie
    Maybe after coming off the Super bowl high of watching Tom Brady and the Patriots win for the second time in three years I was expecting more from "Any Given Sunday." Everything seemed to line up - the cast, with Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid and James Woods; the director and writer Oliver Stone; the concept, a behind the scenes look at the NFL under the fictional guise of the American Football Association. Unfortunately, all these promising pieces added up to a nothing more than every sports clich¨¦ in the past thirty years of filmmaking crammed into one movie.

    The story is really Pacino's, as the aging Coach of the Miami Sharks (clever twist in the Dolphins, huh?) facing the challenges of a changing league. His owner has recently died, leaving the unbelievably obnoxious Diaz as the current Owner, always breathing down his neck and forcing her uninformed will upon him. Owner is concerned with television ratings, possibly moving the franchise - tons of other motives other than winning games. Coach is also trying to manage Foxx as the Young Hot Shot. Young Hot Shot has recently come on the scene when the Old Star (Quaid) was injured. Coach and Old Star are of course very close and belong to the same philosophy, but Young Hot Shot is taking over the game with every play, ignoring Coach's plays and doing his own play-calling - but succeeding. So Coach has a dilemma - when the playoffs start does he go with Young Hot Shot, who the cameras (and Owner) love, or with the tried and true methods of Old Star?

    Well, Young Hot Shot has isolated himself from the rest of the team with his brash comments and rise to a household name (in all of about three games). So Coach goes with the unconfident Old Star in the first game of the playoffs. But all the while Young Hot Shot has been learning his lesson, quietly nodding in understanding during Coach's rousing halftime speeches. So when the time comes and Old Star is again injured, Young Hot Shot is ready to step in. By this time, though, Coach has accepted Young Hot Shot's unruly methods and allows him to just go for it, and they of course, win the game.

    Sound familiar? It should. It's the plot of about every sports film ever made. We don't even need actual names to describe it. I expected so much more from Stone. In an attempt to show what pro sports is "really" like, he apparently thought the story wouldn't matter. We focus on almost everything but football - the egos of the characters, the ulterior motives of the owner, the inaccurate news reporting - but not football. The games are reduced to darkened, rainy war scenes, with people loosing eyes (literally), front flips over defenders, and someone getting injured on almost every play.

    Whether or not football is actually the way Stone depicts it, he did not paint a convincing picture whatsoever. Essentially, the owner cares *nothing* for the players, the coaches clear players to play when they are one hit away from having an aneurism, and the players intentionally don't block on the front line because they don't like their quarterback. Sorry. I don't buy it. Stone paints the league as a dark, depressing, unforgiving torture chamber, with games no more sophisticated than a fourth-grade scramble in the park. Football is the most complex game on the planet - why not show even a little bit of that? Instead of the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots - who chose to have themselves introduced as a team rather than individuals - we get the tough to swallow Miami Sharks, who all *hate* each other. A team like this would never make the playoffs - never. And then, to make it even worse, all of this is thrown together in a horrendous MTV-style montage. The movie is edited like a commercial - it just feels like a collection of scenes, not a movie.

    I do not recommend this film, especially if you love football and are hoping for a good sports movie. It's a war film in the costume of a sports film, and apparently Stone doesn't think the audience is intelligent enough to understand this for themselves, because he includes scene after scene of gladiators fighting in the coliseum, ramming the analogy down the viewer's throat. He should stick to the war/crime movies, and stop trying to impose the genre on innocent films....more info

  • Great Movie!
    One of the best, if not, the best football movie of all time. I loved it!...more info
  • Blu-Ray pops, nice upgrade, sound should have been more powerful
    This Blu-Ray is a nice upgrade to the DVD, as the colors pop, and there is noticable enhanced sharpness. The film was watched on 42" Panasonic Plasma, and BD35K player. The sound originally came through as DD, I had to hit "audio" and change it to True HD.

    The film itself is one of my favorite sports films. The film is unapologetic and the characters are raw and fearless.The film is edgy, and hot, visually. Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino and the rest are perfect for this fast-paced film, and their performances are believable and as well cast.

    Definitely worth the upgrade if you're a fan of this flick!...more info
  • Excellent movie
    AL Pacino, Cameron Diaz, and Jamie Foxx are excellent in this movie. I love football flicks. this is in my top 5....more info
  • OK, but not great
    I can't put my finger on why, but I didn't really care for this movie (and I usually like all kinds). The game sequences seemed like they were taken from ESPN's "Best Of" compilations. And Al Pacino (as great as he is) was unconvincing as a professional football coach. You didn't really see him as a coach character, but as "Al Pacino."

    There were some decent performances from some big-name actors, but the foul language overshadowed much of the enjoyment that could have been had from watching a good sports film. It is simply unnecessary....more info
  • An awesome football movie but,...
    Before I watched this movie which was two years ago,I have never had the thought that a comedian such as Jamie Foxx or a singer,LL Cool J,could act football players so real.
    I`m an Al Pacino fan and the first reason I wanted to see this movie was him.My second reason of watching this movie was my love to the sport movies.I`ve seen lots of football movies but I have never seen another movie that shows football and the football players` life conditions,the way they live,their fears and their wills so truely and pure.So that`s why I think this movie is awesome but still there are little short falls.For example when Jamie Foxx goes to Al Pacino`s house for lunch,they had an argument.While the argument was going on there comes lots of images from gladiator stuff and Al Pacino`s football memories.In a minute you see like hundreds of images that makes you sick.Oliver Stone tried to show the point sharp but while he was doing that he a little bit exaggreatted.
    Still this is the best football movie ever made....more info
  • Is Football A Party Game?
    This is a story about wannabe champions, who lose more than they win. There is constant conflict on the field and in the locker room. The quarterback, Willie Beaman, played by a comedian was non-descript at first, hardly legible as he did not know how to play a straight role. He was told that the quarterback is always the star, but he wanted to make his own plays in the huddle instead of what the coach ordered. Willie is constantly feuding with his coach and just about everyone else.

    Shakespeare wrote in his play, 'Julius Caesar,' "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once." Now, that he has a taste of the good life (he'd been hurt emotionally in college and dropped out), he argued with Vanessa, his live-in 'baby girl' of seven years telling her that he felt inferior to her education. Actually, he'd been 'taken' with a Nicole-type character and decided he might as well be O.J. He asked Christina out for a date.

    She was more interested in the power plays and conflict with the coach she did not like, Tony (played by Al Pacino). She felt that this Miami team had belonged to her dead father, and she should call the plays. "He wasn't a genius, just thought he was" she was told.

    There is a player (#19) who resembled Frank Gifford and has his own interpersonal problems; guess that was before he hooked up with Cathy Lee. Blonde Christina in her backless black evening frock looked like dark-haired Belinda at KAT, and sounded as false.

    Here I am watching football, and I don't like football! In high school, I saw maybe two of those Cecil played as the extra-point kicker/left end. And I had a big crush on Jim Darling, a member of that team at Central High. Then Zach (#13 like Willie) played in junior high and one year in high school and was a minor star. Justin was the quarterback for his non-league team. So, there are sports in my family. Jeff's 'sport' was as a lifesaver at the local public swimming pool.

    Willie progressed, even though he still had low self-esteem, onto the covers of 'Sports Illustrated' and 'ESPN' magazines. The touchdown by #89 was spectacular. and the red flag on the field added interest. The cheerleaders were par for the course. At the swimming pool party, the "Poster Boy" was called to his task for his attitude. He was told he was not a team player and "you must sacrifice" so they could heal as a team. He was told he had intercranial bleeding in the head. Wish mine was there instead of the liver and maybe I would have a chance to live longer.

    At the press conference, Coach Tony admitted he had over reacted. "When you get old in life, margin or error is so small; every second counts. It makes all the difference between winning and losing, living and dying." At the big dance affair, the music was well chosen: 'That's The Way I Like It' and 'Dancing Cheek to Cheek.' This was a good movie for its time and well-directed by Oliver Stone....more info
  • Awful
    This movie is one big, loud contrivance. Badly written, and shot with quick cuts like a TV commericial or music video. And Al Pacino gives another yell-every-line-like-a-deaf-man performance. What happened to the subtle acting of his early career? The only reason I'm not giving it only one star is Cameron Diaz is lovely to look at, and Dennis Quaid in fact does a first-rate acting job in his role, and Jamie Foxx acts well, too. But everything else about the movie is as bad as it gets....more info
  • Pure entertainment
    This movie deals about the affairs rounding football. The well-known director Oliver Stone analyses here the activities of Miami Sharks, a fictional American football team. For one reason or another, they are no lucky and get several losses in a row. The situation is so tense inside for everyone: the coach (Al Pacino) who often has to face the actual owner's team (Cameron Diaz). She is angry because of the crisis. There are also the leader of the team (Dennis Quaid) and another ambitious quarterback that tries to get his place (Jamie Foxx). He is Willie Beamen, the star who now appears in front page of all sport magazines.
    I enjoyed it so much because of everything: the exceptional cast, the plot, the marvellous direction... and is really spectacular. Stone presents us an amazing work on the camera movements in order to make the games real, and you can see this in the many special features this DVD has. In addition, I liked so the performance by the actors. This goes beyond any movie about sport has ever made. It shows us the hardness and the inconveniences of football, but also how satisfying is to win....more info
  • Get in the scenes this is crazy
    First of all, I would like to say that all the people reviewing the movie on how Cameron Diaz looks and how long it is, are retarded. How do you rate a movie based on its length? How does that affect the acting and the intense screenplay and perfectly written script. Despite the length, I have watched this movie nearly 20 times and not once did I have a second thought on how much I loved it. The plot is a prefect example of the struggles that the modern day NFL goes through. Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, James Woods, Cameron Diaz, and the legendary Al Pacino all star in this movie and do an excellent job. I think Oliver Stone is one of the best Directors/Producers out there, I mean first Scarface now this? I can't wait to see what's next!

    The football Scenes in this movie are breathtaking. It's damn crazy when you see how far into the play they really go. Watch the movie and you will see what Im talking about. Just watch how real these hits are. It's 100% real.

    In general, with the huge cast of stars, the great filming style, and the feeling you get of being inside the plays after watching one of the awesome games, this movie gets a 5 stars. In fact I give it 6. And to add on to that, the special features in this film are awesome. Buy this DVD, you will not regret it, no matter how long the movie is....more info

  • Not Just Any Given Sports Film
    Any Given Sunday (DVD) is a "pro" football film experience that is hard to describe in typed words. I have watched it many times and affirm that it really gets one "ready for some football". The story is a collection of mini-stories, all woven into the tapestry of professional football. You will see the good and bad in people, and you will see a team forged from all levels of physical, psychological and emotional combat. Don't be "drawn offsides", either. This is not a predictible, sappy sports film - though it has seemingly all the formula for it. Oliver Stone orchestrates a music-video-like, surreal production in which the football action is explosive, crystal clear and totally believable. The "talking scenes" are not like the typical film, scenes that you casually wait through to get to the next action sequence. You are drawn into each of the evolving tales, seeing new things every time you watch this movie. Any Given Sunday gets my vote for just the DVD to watch - on any given evening! Please note: This is a grown-up's film, not for kids....more info
  • Eye poppin excitement
    Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz are great and so is Jamie Foxx. The football player losing his eye in slow motion is one that will stick in you'r mind. It is symbolic of the America's occupation with the well being of the stars while the lineman are the anomonous pawns who grit it out in the trenches....more info
  • MOST REALISTIC SPORTS MOVIE EVER
    Among Oliver Stone's work includes "Any Given Sunday" (1999), as good and realistic a sports movie as has ever been made. It features an over-the-top performance by Al Pacino as a veteran pro football coach who can still motivate his over-paid, over-sexed, over-drugged, slightly thuggish, mostly black (except for a few White Aryan Brotherhood linemen) mercenaries with a speech that sends Knute Rockne to the bench.
    He reportedly is working on the story of the 1934 Republican industrialists who recruited Marine hero Smedley Butler to overthrow Franklin Roosevelt, which was the genesis of "Seven Days in May". We are still waiting for Tinsel Town to take on Kennedy stealing the 1960 election. It could be a long wait. If any producers are reading this, I am offering my services at the Writers Guild minimum....more info
  • God rested Sunday, why couldn't Stone?
    Terrible, terrible, terrible! This movie is such a twisted, unfocused, mangled look at professional football. What was the point of this movie? What was the plot? What lesson were we to learn? If the lesson was to feel sorry for spoiled, millionaire coke addicts, I failed miserably to learn it. If the lesson was to become ever more confused as the movie progressed with muddled, pointless conversations about the apparently blatant connections between profit, politics, ambition, and racism in professional sports, then this movie hit the nail on the head.

    Pacino doesn't fit the role at all, and his cast here is an insult to his brilliant talent dislpayed in "The Godfather" and "Donnie Brasco". Jamie Foxx plays Willie Beamin, a third string quarterback who, after two successful games, suddenly has his own MTV video and is an instant celebrity/superathlete. Guess what, lots of athletes have two great games, and are not immediately elevated to such status. It takes seasons of success to gain this. LL Cool J and Cameron Diaz are as horribly miscast as Pacino is. Dennis Quaid plays a much-too-over-the-hill quarterback, simply unbelievable.

    The only, and I mean only, applaudable role goes to James Woods, who seems to save his professionable credibility in any film no matter how rotten, even in "The Specialist".

    Oliver Stone's films just keep getting more deluded as time goes on. I don't know which is more deplorable...his attempt in "Natural Born Killers" to justify mass murder, or his attempt in this filthy fumble to justify the notion that overpaid steroid freaks are somehow "victims" of media pressure.

    On any given Sunday, smear your body with peanut butter while smashing your teeth in with a ballphine hammer for more meaningful entertainment (and less pain) than watching this terrible, terrible movie....more info

  • less than the sum of its parts
    This movie has all the right pieces - memorable characters, hard-hitting action, a bit of philosophy and wisdom. But unfortunately, the bits just don't add up.

    For some reason, it seems like the movie should've been able to thrive on just a few of these elements alone: Al Pacino and Camron Diaz play very memorable characters. Al Pacino is an old rugged loud-mouthed football coach, while Camron Diaz, the new team-owner, is a young and stylish, forward-looking businesswoman. The two actors are great, and when they're both on-screen, they have a sort of dissonance that has the potential to drive a great film. Their characters are further mirrored in the football team's old-timer and rookie stars. The old and the new are contrasted throughout the film, constantly shifting as the characters develop and the plot thickens. Add some intense football action, and how could you possibly go wrong?

    Well, apparently you can go wrong. The film's pace is clunky and inconsistent. The football scenes are shot and edited with the sort of intensity that you might see in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan when they're invading the beach. However, these scenes just never end, it's as if Stone is simply trying to top previous sports films by pushing the envelope just a bit more - more sound, crunching, blood, yelling, aching, quick cuts, claustrophobic close-ups. He even goes so far as to use tiger growls for the athletes' grunts, and to make the injuries just all the more gory. After a while it's simply a mess - like listening to heavy metal for hours, it might be heavy stuff, but eventually it all starts sounding the same.

    In the end, the movie doesn't even really capture the excitement of football. I mean, he has animal noises coming out of players' mouths for godsake. Every now and then, a scene will address the strategy of the game. But overall, you never really see what makes Al Pacino such a great coach.

    And this is why the movie never quite holds together. It's more concerned with the hyper-realism of its football games than with its character development. Ultimately, the style is innovative, but movies don't thrive on just style alone - it has to serve a larger purpose. The pacing is simply lousy; it's as if the speed of plot development in Any Given Sunday is inversely proportional to the speed of the camera-shots on the football field.

    Overall the film simply has no vibe. Between the hyper-realism of the football scenes and the slow and pensive pace, the movie takes itself so seriously that you'd think you were watching a war-movie. But this is not from the characters being too devoted to the game; it's a result of poor choices when it came to screenwriting and editing....more info
  • Just a good movie
    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Well put together, the acting excellent and convincing. Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz all very good and fitting in their roles, I didn't foster a big attachment to Dennis Quaid's character, but he was still good. The speach Al Pacino makes in the locker room "inch by inch" was very moving and adds tremendous feeling that the characters individually are all feeling at that time. I recommend this movie. If you liked "The Replacements" (One of my favorite movies), you'll just love this movie, although it does foster a different feel, and perspective....more info
  • Big, Bold, Baaad Entertainment
    It's too easy to take pot shots at Oliver Stone, his filmmaking style, his excessive use of . . . well, pretty much everything. Criticisms of Stone's clich¨¦'s pretty much have become the realm of clich¨¦ themselves.

    I've read a number of reviews by "sports fans" who hate this movie because they are "sports fans." I'm not buying it. I'm a sports fan (a fairly rabid one at that) and I loved this film, warts and all. Complaints of perceived non-linear storytelling don't matter to me in this type of movie. It's ALL about the Crash Boom! Anyone who's played professional sports (most of all NFL) will tell you the game today does closely resemble a video war game. From the initial drafting to the big business, high expectations, marketing frenzy and ownership/management chaos to player conceits, familial expectations, and tribulations both marital and extra marital, Stone's movie doesn't flinch. Climb on board, and you find yourself on an unrelenting, entertaining, frustrating, and ultimately exhilarating roller coaster ride that you'll disembark from with a wink and a smile.

    I'm not always (or often) a fan of Oliver Stone - but here, his chaotic, frenzied style, slamming camera angles, use of loud, percussive music and rap feel like life itself: fast, dangerous, sometimes predictable but often off kilter. His style serves a vision of the All American game as few others before him have. He here captures the feeling of the "business" of football with ferocious artistic integrity and vision, if not necessarily with the accuracy some fan's may wish. Frankly, I don't care for accuracy either historical or technical in film, my only demand is "entertain me."

    Any Given Sunday entertains and that's what I expect most from a movie. ...more info
  • DRUGS, SEX AND NO ROCK'N ROLL
    1999. Co-written and directed by Oliver Stone. Hysterical editing for this football movie. Drugs, sex and no rock and roll. Avoidable if you're not a fan of the American favorite sunday entertainment....more info
  • What happens on Any Given Sunday
    In Oliver Stone's 1999 release, Any Given Sunday, the audience attempts to follow the fumbles and follies of the fictitious Miami Sharks Pro-football team. Cameron Diaz acts as the owner of the dilapidated Shark franchise, a graduate of Cornell University, and daughter of the original owner of the Sharks. Her father, played by actor Charlton Heston, had a relationship with the head coach D'Amato, played by Al Pacino, where they negotiated contracts by "having a beer and shaking hands". Heston's influential cameos in the film led Stone to compare the game of football with Greek gladiators by inserting clips of Ben Hur into the film. Within the first ten minutes you see the fumbling Sharks go through their first and second string quarterbacks, leaving third string quarterback, Jamie Foxx, fumbling for his helmet while trying to remove himself from the bench. At this time the audience sees the beginning of the athletic trainer's true colors, played by James Woods, as he instructs his associates not to touch any of the injured athletes until he gets to the training room. It is there where you understand that he, along with Diaz, and Foxx, will somehow try to manage to throw the remainder of the Shark's season out of bounds.
    Although much of the film is injected, much like a chicken on a poultry farm, with booming Rap music, clips of LL Cool J, and fictitious commercials to break up the monotony of the nearly three hour movie, the film somehow manages to have a flow. It flows right into the major theme of what to do with an aging star quarterback, plagued with multiple injuries, played by Dennis Quaid and accompanied by his wife played by Lauren Holly, and an up and coming hot rod that needs to get his licks before he tears the remaining pieces of the franchise apart. If Stone were to remove some of the unnecessary footage of a vomiting, arrogant, up and coming quarterback, played by Foxx, the movie could be cut almost in half, therefor helping the film to achieve some sort of theatrical award or nomination.
    All in all, if the viewer can overlook some unessential nudity, graphic language, vial drug use, and violence that is not usually associated even with the game of football, the viewer might enjoy this film. Along with the thought that they manage to stay with the film between all the out takes and multiple conflicts between characters. This film is definitely for a more masculine audience, as women seem to take the back seat and are viewed only as "trophies"....more info
  • Waste of Talent
    This film had a few interesting moments, but in the end it was nothing but a raunchy, loud, sensory assault. After the first half of the movie, I'd had enough. It was unwatchable after that....more info
  • A football movie for those not into football!
    As my title indicates, I'm not the biggest football fan; however, I found Oliver Stone's film to be totally engrossing, due mostly to the outstanding performances from all involved. That, along with the movie's entertaining musical soundtrack, makes this film a must-see for all.

    In regards to the acting, "Any Given Sunday" shows a variety of talent, experience, along with stars-in-the-making. Jamie Foxx is an example of the latter. His performance as brash, young, third-string-quarterback "Willie Beaman", brought into the limelight after injuries sustained by veteran Dennis Quaid, is the perfect showcase for the actor's emerging skills. It is no wonder that Foxx won an Oscar this year and he deserved a nomination for AGS.

    Cameron Diaz, as the general manager of the fictional Miami Sharks, is quite good as a woman in charge of a male-dominated position. She holds her own with the more seasoned performers that populate this dynamic film.

    Quaid gives another underrated performance as the washed-up quarterback with one more good game to play. James Woods, one of the best character actors today, delivers another flawless job as the seedy team doctor. Matthew Modine, L.L. Cool J, and Aaron Eckhart match him in other supporting roles.

    Though her role is small, Lauren Holly gets some points for her performance as Quaid's supportive and determined wife.

    Actor/songwriter Clifton Davis (one of the stars of the 80's sitcom "Amen" and composer of The Jackson Five's "Never Can Say Goodbye") has a moment in the sun as the mayor of Miami.

    Football legends Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor are effective in their roles of assistant coach and veteran linesman, respectively.

    Smaller roles are assayed by legends Ann-Margret (cast as Diaz's mother and widow of the team's former owner) and Charlton Heston as the football commissioner. As a tribute to the actor, as well as providing a fitting comparison between football's modern-day gladiators to those of ancient times, a montage of scenes from "Ben-Hur" are intertwined between events unfolding in the film's story.

    But the movie belongs to Al Pacino, an actor of unparalleled talent that immerses himself in the role of the "old school" coach that must make deal with a changing sports world and the traditions that he holds so dearly. When his "Tony D'Amato" cries, so does the audience. When he is frustrated at the team's loss, the audience feels that frustration. When he experiences joy, that feeling is shared by all.

    If Stone hadn't had such a mixed track record of hits and misses, an Oscar might be on Pacino's shelf, for he surely deserved one for this film....more info
  • Pure football
    After watching Any Given Sunday, I was convinced of many things. One thing was that it depicted football like it is in the NFL, as ruthless and violent. I was also convinced that this movie contained more profanity than all the other movies I've seen put together. There's also a bit of nudity and violence. Although the profanity is part of reality in football circles, it was a bit too much. So I've established that this movie isn't recommended for little kids (probably not good for adults too, but anyway).

    But the amount of drama in this movie is amazing. We witness a bad football team, The Sharks, that really need to win games. What happens when 2 quarterbacks get injured? The backup quarterback is given the responsibility of carrying the offense. But this quarterback (Willy Beaman played by Jamie Foxx) isn't a conventional QB, he's one who makes his own plays. He's arrogant and brags that he will be the one to carry the team into the playoffs. But his cocksure self manages to learn that football is a game where learning to cooperate is key. He learns the hard way. If you want to see an inspirational movie about a football team that strives to win, then go no further. Buy and watch Any Given Sunday....more info

  • Any movie that's about football can't be all bad
    Are you suffering from the annual bout of post-Super Bowl depression (PSBD)? Is this Sunday, the first since the end of the NFL season, leaving you feeling lost, already looking ahead to September so you can resume watching a collection of pumped-up, tattoed freaks of nature perform astounding feats of physical prowess? Are you terrified at the thought of having to spend Sundays reading, going outside, or spending quality time with loved ones? Well, if you are, you could do a lot worse than to postpone the onset of PSBD by reclining in your favorite easy chair and watching Any Given Sunday.

    Any Given Sunday has a lot to recommend it. It's got a sweet Hollywood budget, a cast loaded to the brim with talent (and no sign of Keanu Reeves, thankfully; I'm still having nightmares from the time I watched the Replacements), and the direction of the one and only Oliver Stone. In following the turbulent last quarter of a season in the life of the (fictional) Miami Sharks of the (fictional) AFFA, the movie combines an operatic scope with an almost fanatical attention to detail and loads of heavy philosophy for a film whose best moments (whether on the field or not) are as hard-hitting as anything you'll see in a real game. Sure, the movie trots out an endless series of hackneyed plot devices and stock characters, but Stone manages to breathe life into all of them.

    A no-holds-barred if sensationalistic examination of professional football both on and off the field, Any Given Sunday is both believable and completely ridiculous at the same time, a monument to excess that is in itself wildly excessive. It starts punishing your senses right away, with two quarterbacks suffering catastrophic injuries and a third throwing up before taking his first snap, and it doesn't relax much from there on out, either in its torrid pace or in its commitment to full sensory assault. Indeed, this may be the fastest two-and-a-half-hour movie ever made. Like an all-out blitz up the middle, it comes at you relentlessly, and also like an all-out blitz, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. At times it seems as though Stone just tried to take the themes and conflicts that made Platoon such an artistic triumph and graft them onto a football movie. The movie goes for an outsized, epic feel at almost all times, with varying degrees of success.

    At turns frenetic and painfully slow, Stone's camerawork makes for perhaps the best cinematic representation yet of the intensity and ferocity of pro football, and the movie's grasp of the game's strategical minutiae is a sign of a director who's done his homework. Regrettably, Stone's emphasis on brutal hits and flashy shots also takes something away from the inherent sophistication of the pro game, making it look like little more than the product of excessive testosterone levels. Of course, what happens on the field is only part of the story, as Stone makes sure to present the viewer with look at all the sordid goings-on that occur behind the scenes. It's here that the movie really throws everything but the kitchen sink at you, politely ensuring that boredom doesn't set in between game scenes. You've got fights; rampant substance abuse; players fornicating left and right; a mammoth SUV getting sawed in half; scads of gratuitous nudity; guys playing when they shouldn't even be trying to walk and chew gum and the same time; and lots of hot women acting extremely catty. And that's just a short list.

    Alright, I've somehow managed to fill up four paragraphs with this review, so it's time to cut things off here. At any rate, while certainly not without its flaws, Any Given Sunday is one immensely enjoyable movie, especially for the football nut. So check it out if you haven't already. ...more info
  • A disappointing football film given that it is Oliver Stone
    I am not surprised that the NFL passed on getting behind "Any Given Sunday," because everybody in the Commissioner's office must be cringing at virtually every scene of the antics of these football players off camera. "North Dallas Forty" is still the best football movie made to date, but I have to admit I am somewhat surprised that this film was not more impressive. I would have thought that Oliver Stone filming football plays would be awesome. But while he does try to give us a sense of how FAST the games in the NFL are played I found myself cringing every time there was a slow motion shot of a pass hanging forever in the air. The drama of a pass play is seeing it develop, but if all you see is the ball you have no idea of who the ball is being thrown to, how well he is covered, or anything that makes the play exciting. Stone pulls this gambit several times and it never works once. The touchdown routines after the scores are choreographed better. And do not even get me started about the bit with the eye...

    Off the playing field every character has their own clich¨¦. The whole subplot with Cameron Diaz as the team owner is painful (but no one is wasted more in this film than Ann-Margaret as her mom) and Lawrence Taylor's performance as a toned down version of himself nicknamed the "Shark" is negated by the melodramatic waiting question of what will happen if he is hit wrong. Dennis Quaid tries to bring some poignancy to the final days of a once great quarterback, but unfortunately he has Lauren Holly as a psychotic wife. The Dallas Knights have the ugliest football uniforms in the history of the known universe, but, hey, isn't that Johnny U. roaming the sidelines as their coach? That sure is Jim Brown preaching the gospel of defense to his troops. Then again, I liked Willie Beamon's game ritual (and the way it becomes taken as a sure sign of good things to come); Jamie Fox, ironically enough, ends up being one of the most realistic characters in the film. Still, when the best scene in the film is coach Al Pacino's pep talk before the big game or the punch line that caps off the end credits, that is not really a great selling point for a football movie. But at least that scene makes up for all the scenery chewing and maudlin reflections Pacino has to do throughout the rest of the movie.

    Oh, and did I mention that the clips from "Ben-Hur" keep going out of sequence? Apparently Charlton Heston did not point that out when he did his cameo as the Commissioner. But like most of the problems in this film, Oliver Stone covers it by distracting us with music or simply pumping the volume up on the soundtrack. "Any Given Sunday" is disappointing because you look at the talent on both sides of the camera and you really expected just so much more....more info

  • What's The Problem With The Nudity?
    Oliver Stone is a controversial director famous, if for nothing else, for taking his audience right to the core of whatever his subject matter may be. So what's all the complaints with the male nudity? What did you expect Stone to do when he took his cameras into the lockerroom? I'm sure if he did a study of Cheerleaders, no-one would bat an eyelid. GET OVER IT!!!! RIGHT OVER IT!!!I love this film. It's fast & furious as it should be & Jamie Foxx is outstanding; more than holding his own in his big scenes with Pacino. A badly miscast Cameron Diaz is easy to forgive when the editing & cinematography is this electrifying..A KNOCKOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Loved It...Every Time!
    I am not a movie critic so I can't get into all of the details on cinematography, directing,screenplay and scriptwriting. I just know that this was a damn good movie. It was interesting from beginning to end. When I saw it in the theatre I didn't want to get up to go to the restroom and once I bought it I had to watch it right away.
    I thought the action was amazing...I'm a football fan and I enjoyed the hits, the sounds, the views from the players....I enjoyed it all.
    I hear lots of people complaining about how long the film was...well I guess that shows how much I enjoyed it because I never noticed that it was any longer than any other film because I was into it from beginning to end.

    I thought that Jamie Foxx gave a wonderful and believable performance in his role as Willie Beamon. Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz and Lauren Holly (as usual) did not disappoint. LL Cool J looked like he fit right in with the rest of the cast and I enjoyed the antics of so many of the other characters. LT Taylors performance was great and I had no clue Bill Bellamy had any athletic skills. As a sports fan I especially enjoyed trying to pick out current and former NFL athletes and coaches throughout the film.

    Needless to say...I found every aspect of the film enjoyable and I have watched it over and over again. If you like lots of on the field action, lots of hits, lots of contact and great acting from the likes of Al Pacino, you will love this film. You'll watch it over and over again...like I do!...more info

  • Entertaining but very silly film
    The game of American Football is, in many ways, a perfect movie sport. First of all, the game progresses in fits and starts, giving plenty of opportunity for dramatic buildup and suspense. Second, the offence and the defense take turns on the playing field, allowing the filmmakers to cut away to active players on the sidelines. Third, and probably most important, football is a sport that closely resembles an ancient battlefield; tight formations of armored men violently advancing and retrieving. This has been the stock and trade of action cinema from Birth Of A Nation to Braveheart.

    Oliver Stone's ANY GIVEN SUNDAY is certainly an action film. It throws you right on the field in the very first sequence and keeps you there for a good forty minutes of it's near 3 hours. Yet somehow, you get very little feeling for how the game is actually played. Sure, there's the controlled chaos, the violent hits, and the occasionally acrobatic intensity of the running game... but the game is somehow lost. Too bad because all the elements seem to be there.

    Al Pacino plays Tony D'Amato, a legendary head coach of the Miami Sharks. James Woods sinks his sharp little teeth into the team's sleazbag doctor. And Cameron Diaz, somewhat against type, is the bitch-on-wheels team owner. On top of that there's quarterbacks Jamie Foxx and Dennis Quade, Jim Brown, L.L. Cool J, Matthew Modine, and Ann-Margaret in a wonderful cameo. Oliver Stone is the ringmaster, and who could be a better choice? Someone who's both played the game (in college) as well as seen the battlefield (in Viet Nam). ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, unfortunately, is somewhat less than the sum of its parts; failing to live up to its promise as the "ultimate football film".

    Now, don't get me wrong, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY is full of fun touches. The performances are uniformly terrific and the action is often spectacular. But the film gets so caught up in clich¨¦ that it gets difficult to take by the time it's over. Of course, all sports films rely on a certain amount of clich¨¦; it's really just a part of the package. But do we need to see all of the sports film cliches packed into one film? There's the over-the-hill quarterback looking for one more shot, the young star learning how to be a team player, the evil money-grubbing owner who doesn't give a damn about the players or the integrity of the game, and the idealistic coach trying to hold the team together and to take them to the playoffs, etc, etc, etc.. All this, as always, culminates in the "big game" finale that miraculously solves all dilemmas and resolves all conflicts. The film's biggest surprise (such as it is) comes over the closing credits, by which time I couldn't care less.

    Here's a couple more small gripes. One: all through the film everyone is referring to Coach D'Amato as an "old dinosaur". Huh? Who are they talking about? Pacino looks great, not a day over fifty! Compared to some of the geriatric geezers coaching in the NFL now, he's a youngster. Two: not a single field goal is kicked in the entire three hours. Come on! Show one field goal! Just one. How hard is that? Otherwise the European audiences won't understand why the game is called "football"....more info
  • [junk]. Pure, unadulterated [junk].
    If you've ever wanted to see a football movie made by a guy who's never watched a football game, here's your chance.

    Oliver Stone runs through every tired pro-athlete cliche while never giving us a story that's worth any more than a Movie of The Week on your local network affiliate... The only bright spot is Jamie Foxx, in a role that lets him run around as an egotistical football player. Even Pacino looks forced, like he's phoning in his lines from Hawaii while CGI artists create a polygon Al for the screen.

    Are you a football fan? See Brian's Song instead, a TV movie with better direction and screenplay than this steaming pile of offal.

    Are you a film fan? Go earn yourself some Terry Gilliam, a better director than Stone will ever be, even in his most feverish wet dreams......more info

  • Stone' s Throw
    I like Oliver Stone. On the whole, I do enjoy his directorial style but he has a tendency to belabor a given point. "Any Given Sunday" was a fair football movie that could have been a great sports film if skillfully edited to a more reasonable 2 hour length. Aside from its bladder busting 157 minute endurance, it was a fairly entertaining study of modern day football not too far removed in attitude and tone from "North Dallas Forty". But times as they say are a changing and Stone addressed the new economic realities of creative stadium financing, a new breed of athlete acutely aware of lucrative endorsement possibilities that go hand in hand with success on the gridiron, and Stone played the "race card" to some clever advantage. Comedian Jamie Foxx was wonderful in his dramatic turn as a third string quarterback who suddenly finds himself the object of media and public attention as surprise replacement to "Cap" Rooney, the injured, aging star of the Miami Sharks, nicely defined by Dennis Quaid. As veteran head coach Tony D'Amato, Al Pacino was given carte blanche to let fly with his signature fiery bombast at times directed to players individually or collectively, the franchise ownership (Cameron Diaz), the team doctor (James Woods) or anyone else who crossed his purposes. The remaining cast was rounded out superbly with a host of wonderful performances including but certainly not limited to Jim Brown, Ann-Margret, Lauren Holly, Charlton Heston as the Commissioner, and Clifton Davis as a shrewd big city mayor. On the whole I'd say this was an entertaining and sometimes provocative glimpse into the world of professional sports and big time American pop culture on any given Sunday afternoon....more info
  • About more than just the game
    I'm not a football fan. In fact all I know about the game is that there is a ball that must be moved from one end of a rectangular field to the other. Stone decided to draw parallels between this modern game and the gladiators in Ancient Rome. The suggestions were anything but subtle, what with the grunting, clashing sounds, the numerous shots of Ben Hur and the actual references in the film you couldn't help but notice.

    Although this movie is ostensibly about football, I came away from it learning a bit more about life. The movie is about an old coach (Al Pacino) whose love of the game has blinded him to life's real pleasures, an injured QB (Quaid) who is easily manipulated by others to continue playing even if it is detrimental to his health. The daughter (Diaz) of a dead football `baron', who seeks to fulfill her father's lost hope for a son, and a rising star (Foxx) who is blind to everything but his own gratification. From these cast of characters Stone creates drama.

    This movie is exciting even for those, like me, who aren't too interested in football. The game scenes seem more like gladiatorial battles than actual football games, and you are left wondering if we have really changed from those Romans thousands of years ago, the way `we' love these slugfests.

    As some earlier reviewers mentioned, Stone appears to be slightly biased in his portrayal of the management of these teams. They are definitely out to make money, but I doubt they are as ruthless as they were made out to be. He should have had some perspective in this movie so as not to make it seem like the management were the `baddies' and the players hapless pawns.

    Overall, this was a great movie. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes drama. For those with kids, you might want to watch it beforehand as it has some sexual scenes, nudity and quite a lot of obscene language....more info

  • Any Given Sunday
    Sports movies are tough to make. Creating the essence of the actual event is the toughest. Most films fall short in the editing process of the event or through sheer carelessness and lack of knowledge. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY is somewhat of an exception. It is hard-hitting and bloody like NORTH DALLAS FORTY. It is actually conventional when you think about it, like a warped RUDY. It is a hell of a lot more realistic than say, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS. These are all football films with varying degrees of success (except ROUGHNESS), but Oliver Stone, in his usual over the top way, throws a dizzying, mind-splitting film at us, much like the sport itself. This is why I liked it.
    Oliver Stone began a wicked spell of filmmaking with JFK, evident in its editing style. Fast-paced, black and white mixed with color, documentary-like methods ensued in NATURAL BORN KILLERS, NIXON, and the ghastly U-TURN. Nothing is new here with ANY GIVEN SUNDAY. Football is a battlefield Stone chooses to depict and depict it he does. Even the most ardent fans of the sport do not really know what it is like for a quarterback to drop back and get rid of a piece of pigskin before 11 players maul him. You certainly get the idea watching this.
    Al Pacino is the dried up head coach of the fictional Miami Sharks and he barks out the usual coaching cliches you hear in press conferences after real games. Pacino also seems to be sleep-walking through the picture. At times, he appears drunk even when he is not supposed to be. Cameron Diaz's character, a young chick owner, (yeah right) destroys any credibility the film may have had going in (Even the NFL would have nothing to do with this movie). Her constant bickering is so over-done, you almost feel like hurling much the way Jamie Foxx does every time he enters a game as the team's 3rd string quarterback. Realisticly speaking, this is not a very sane film about football. It is a maniacal celebration of the game. The scenes on the field are the ones I cherished. Beware of the locker room or domestic sequences.
    No one has ever put such energy into football scenes in a film before. He definitely had some good consultants. There are some comical cameos - Johnny Unitas and Dick Butkus play opposing coaches. Lawrence Taylor can actually act a teeny bit and Jim Brown shares the film's best off the field scene with Pacino in a bar. Stone tries to show us how the game has changed. He resonates past glory with quotes from Lombardi, dissolves showing Red "the Galloping Ghost" Grange, and even Unitas handing off to Ameche. TV has changed everything, says the coach, and he is right. It seems to be all about the money nowadays.
    That is the message, but you'll find yourself losing that idea in the lunacy of ANY GIVEN SUNDAY and the bone-crushing, ear-damaging football scenes. They are filmed and cut with such raw intensity, you feel like playing afterwards. This is definitely a film for football fans only unless you like big, sweaty men. Is there a big game at the end that needs to be won? Yes, and this surprised me considering how unconventional Stone usually is. Basically, surrender your senses and thought process to Stone's most entertaining film in quite some time....more info
  • Pacino and Foxx are Outstanding
    I am actually the last person that most people would expect to endorse this film. I don't really like football, and I generally don't care for Oliver Stone. Now that I have made that disclaimer, I have to say that this is an extremely good movie. The writing, camera work and acting are all first rate. The sound editing is particularly first rate, enhancing the on screen action immeasurably. The DVD edition is crisp and has many special features.

    Essentially this film is a story of a failing football team with an aging coach (Pacino) and an arrogant young quarterback (Foxx, who really has a terrific throwing arm) who struggle to work together, at first failing miserably. Ultimately, they complete the evolution to a true team and find victory in teamwork. The plot is intricate, yet never boring as Pacino struggles for personal redemption and a new start while reigning in Foxx, and Foxx struggles with all authority, most particularly the coaching staff.

    An excellent supporting cast rounds out the production, notably Dennis Quaid as an aging quarterback, a one time nemesis of Foxx, and James Woods as a slimy team doctor in a role that only he could execute this flawlessly.

    I would have given this film five stars except for some unsightly (full frontal male) nudity, bad language that fails to enhance the plot and a disgusting, dislodged eyeball scene that did nothing to help the movie other than crank up the gore. With the exception of those quibbles, the movie is a very well made, very human movie that most mature audiences (even us non sports lovers) will like....more info

  • Future Football Star
    Favorite Movie, Purchased for my grandson who loves football, he really enjoys watching It, over and over and over again. Thanks


    Rabs6...more info
  • Lots of Action
    This movie was awesome in my opinion. It had tons of action and it should go down as one of the best football films ever created but i am going to admitt that it could be turned into a better film but i am not a director so what the heck would i know. I give it five and you should deffinently buy this into hard hitting and contact movies...more info
  • This is a very enjoyable film!
    I am not a football fan. I am not an Oliver Stone fan. Cameron Diez was woefully miscast. And still...I really loved this film!

    Al Pacino was the original attraction in this film for me. Suffering through the down-side for the up-side of watching this great actor, who seems at home in any role, seemed do-able. Pacino didn't disappoint in this film. He was the personna of his character in all respects. Nary a mis-step in his performance.

    However, I was then pleasantly surprised to enjoy the entire film. I don't understand why this movie did not do better at the box office, particularly if it was viewed on the big screen, and considering how many football fans there are in the US and how many should have been drawn to this film. Even to a non-football fan, the game footage was awesome in it's visuals. The plot, panned apparently by most critics as tired and trite proved interesting. It presented all facets of the world of Professional Football, which really don't interest me in my real life, but which were fascinating within the story. The ideas of team-effort, loyalty, old versus new ideas, and reflections on life's choices in the retrospection of middle-age were thought-provoking, but not stodgy or over-dramatized. The acting of Jamie Foxx was a pleasant surprise, indeed all the actors kept the movie moving and interesting, or perhaps that was the direction of Oliver Stone. Perhaps in making not his BEST film, he finally made one that even his nonfans could enjoy.

    Enjoy it I did! It deserves a chance in your DVD player if you just want to view a good film with exciting music, great actors, and a complex message presented in a straightforward storyline....more info

  • Not quite there, but entertaining.
    In Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, the audience gets hit by cliches as fast and as hard as the fictional Miami Sharks' quarterbacks get hit by other players during the film's opening game. The audience also get hit hard by the (overly) kinetic editing, both of the film and of the mish-mash adrenaline pumper of a soundtrack, featuring an assortment of rock, rap, and techno beats. Stone and co-writer John Logan push (overly) to get us to buy into their vision of the NFL as a modern gladiatorial arena, and frankly, it doesn't always work; Logan would later get his gladiator fix by co-writing Ridley Scott's crowd-pleaser, well, Gladiator. Still, Logan and Stone manage to score some points with their (overly) broad script which tries to give us an all-encompassing view of modern professional football. Inevitably, it proves too much, and the writing just proves too wide in scope to create a balanced and clear film, though it does have its shining moments, such as when Coach D'Amato (Al Pacino) has comments on the (overly) commercial persona the NFL has adopted, or when Cameron Diaz's character's mother describes the "tragedy" that is her daughter.

    Pacino, completely at ease in an Stone flick, gives his first real performance in a long time. Both in his in-game frenzy and in his drunken, sadder scenes, Pacino delivers the goods. Comedian Jamie Foxx also turns in a winning dramatic performance as the rookie quarterback. Come to think of it, the whole cast is stellar and all perform well. Stone seems to bring out strong, almost flamboyant, performances in his actors, and in Oliver Stone films, that's very appropriate. However, the MTV-inspired soundtrack and cinematography detract from the serious delivery of some of the film's concepts. At times, the film seemed more an extended music video than anything else.

    Any Given Sunday is a rough movie, both in terms production and in content. The film, despite its lengthy runtime, still feels like it left much of its ideas unsaid; the script just tries too cover simply too many characters and concepts, leaving many of the key players in a somewhat shallow and cardboard like state. Still, Any Given Sunday is an entertaining movie, and fans of football, Oliver Stone, and movies overloaded with dizzying amounts of music and testosterone will no doubt be pleased by the time the credits roll....more info

  • Any Given Sunday
    Can an extremely realistic portrayal of a football game, directed by no less an icon than Oliver Stone, ever match the sheer joy of an actual NFL game? No. Does it matter? No. Is the total lack of subtlety in Oliver Stone's work appropriate for a football movie? Of course. Damn fine movie. Real. The celebrity life of the pro football player isn't real. That's here, too. Why am I such an obsessed sports fan? I still don't know. But I do know this is a very cool movie. My lovely Australian non-sporty wife found it educational, but not gripping enough to watch all 150 minutes. She stopped at 90. But I think she'll agree with me when I recommend it. It's a good movie, with especially fine performances by Al Pacino (of course) and Jamie Foxx. Plus, many NFL stars for those of us who would notice that sort of thing.
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  • Must Have for any football fan
    This movie is raw and loud and dirty - true football. I love how they show how fleeting success and fame can be. Al Pacino at his gritty best. You really feel like you're at the stadium....more info
  • Another One of Stone's Gems!
    "When a man looks back on his life, he should be proud of all of it, not just the years he's been in pads and cleets" says the elder statesman of football LT to young Beaman. The modern day gladiator drama that is football explodes on the screen in all the digital surround glory that is Oliver Stone. His tale of a civil war within another male institution is explored here much as it was in PLATOON.
    The DVD quality is one of the best I have seen. The opening half-hour football sequence is bone-crunching, pulse-pounding, and unfolds much like scenes in JFK, DOORS, and NATURAL BORN KILLERS. Try to spot all of the real-life football hereos such as Johnny Unitas, Jim Brown, LT, and Barry Switzer. (THOSE ARE PRETTY EASY TO SPOT SINCE THEY GET A LOT OF SCREEN TIME BUT THERE ARE PROBABLY OTHERS THAT IF YOU BLINKED YOU WOULD MISS THEM). Stone's use of fantasy teams instead of using actual teams(although the CROSS-TOWN DOLPHINS are mentioned!) works very effectively....more info
  • Walking The Line
    There is a thin line between 'great movie' and 'terrible waste of money', and Any Given Sunday manages to walk right on that line. I could use just about any adjective in the english vocabulary to describe this film, good or bad, and it would probably fit. It seems like for everything that's good in this film, there's also something that's bad, so it cancels itself out. For those who've seen the film, what was the deal with the Ann Margaret character? Was she drunk, or dilusional, or what? On the other hand, Steamin' Willie Beamen (played perfectly by Jamie Foxx) is one of the better characters ever in a sports flick. Without Willie Beamen, this film is probably a dud, which is a shame, because it should have been so much better. Pacino over-acts quite a bit (he's been doing that a lot lately), but it's balanced out by great supporting performances and a stellar soundtrack. Anyway, being a huge football fan, I liked the movie, but I can't say that it was any better than average. I can't shake the feeling that this movie would have been better if I had more input. Being that I'm basically an average joe, that's definitely not a good sign for a Hollywood production....more info
  • One of the best Football Movies
    One of the few "real" football movies out there along with Friday Night Lights and some others. Great acting by both the famous actors to the legends of football. Of course Oliver Stone takes some liberties with his film and one should take that into consideration before viewing. But, If you love football then its a must see, if you love good acting I also suggest it. ...more info
  • "Best Football Movie of All Time"
    Good Actors,Awesome Drama and "Smashmouth" Football Action. This is how a Football movie should be. Throughout the whole movie there wasen't a scene that u can't forget,Oliver Stone really QuaterBack this movie brilliantly. Highlighting the politics,medical issues and internal team chemistry problems that pretty much ALL NFL teams experience today,it's no doubt why american football is regarded as one of most extreme sports in the world.Not only on the field it's extreme but off it as well which Oiver Stone touches upon quite realistically.

    There is also a second disc which has deleted scenes which were sadly left out of the movie,but luckily recovered and unedited a good addition.The BOTTOM Line I think is not only "Any given Sunday" is a qreat and relistic football movie these 2 DVD's are worth the money and the entertainment for a lifetime. "Where A LIFETIME away here"- Al Pacino shouted in the last play of the final game. ...more info
  • Director's Cut
    In the Director's Cut, the audio is horrible, the movie is just too long, and there is unnecessary footage put in. If you stick to the normal theatrical release you'll be fine and it makes a great movie for a football fan, but even if you don't love football, it's one movie taking 2 hours of your life to just sit down and watch....more info
  • The creativity against the discipline?

    Once more Apollo and Dionysus face one each other. Apollo is the supreme master of the rules, the establishment, a fervent follower of the pre established codes. Dionysus is an outlaw, he simply fights for its aim and no matter how he will follow his instincts.

    Apollo means the experience the hidden wisdom beyond the scares and wrinkles. Dionysus is the youth who in its own rapture thinks to itself it is eternal, it is the innocence captivated by its goals, no reflection just action. The heroes are essentially sculpted by Dionysian. And that explains his presence in the Earth is so brief. They don't know the fear and his life is just a play. The prudence doesn't exist in his particular dictionary and even in his thinking. Think in Siegfried ` s the hero per excellence in Wagner's Ring.

    The real confrontation is exhibited out of the battle field when the Sharks ` team has lost four games in a row, and Cap, one of the artifice player is seriously wounded in the Third game.
    "In this game you have got to be about some more than win", says Tony D' Amato to the raising young promise of the Sharks, Beahme. And the insights about this hard sport are treated with that vertiginous rhythm so typical of Stone. The medical ethic is carved in relief between a brief but intense dialogue between Mathew Modine and James Woods.

    The film is a real punch who goes far beyond the simple entertainment for teenagers, surpassing the anecdote to become in a real cult movie of recent times.

    The mesmerizing performance of Jammie Fox proved his recent Award was not a mere product of the coincidence. Dennis Quaid is perfect as Cap and Cameron Diaz is simply arresting as the one sight heiress and widow of this team, legacy of her father.

    May be there awesome scenes that can wound your susceptibility, but this is one the fundamental characteristics of the artistic personality of Oliver Stone.



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  • Any Given Sunday
    "On this team,we fight for that Inch,
    On this team,we tear ourselves and everyone
    else around us to pieces for that inch.
    "We CLAW with our fingernails for that inch,
    because we know when we add up all those
    inches thats gonna make the f***ing difference
    between winning and losing.
    Between livin' and dyin'!
    "I tell you this:In any fight,its the
    guy whos willing to die whos gonna win that Inch"
    Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino)
    ANY GIVEN SUNDAY

    One of my favorite scenes ever,and a speech that moves me every time I hear it.Oliver Stone's big,loud and undeniably flawed football epic may be dismissed as a shallow celebration of masculinity.However,look closer at an ambitious exploration of pride,greed and passion.Oliver Stone may require an aquired taste,and he certainly doesnt seem to let some moments speak for themselves,but like he said himself
    "they say im unsubtle,
    but above all we need theatre that wakes us up,
    nerves and heart"
    Backed up by incredible photographic imagery,cinematography,and a thumping soundtrack accompanying the chaotic and war-like football scenes,Any Given Sunday certainly makes an impression,nomatter what way you look at it.
    Defiently a must for Al Pacino and Oliver Stone fans,whose similiarly over the top and manic ways of expressing themselves blend like a fiery dream.Jamie Foxx also stars in his first great performance as a 'serious' actor.
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  • Any Given Sunday
    coach D'amato (pacino) speech is worth the money paid and the time spent. superb act by the greatest Al Pacino. superb job by Stone by putting together such an amazing cast....more info
  • MOST REALISTIC SPORTS MOVIE EVER
    Among Oliver Stone's work includes "Any Given Sunday" (1999), as good and realistic a sports movie as has ever been made. It features an over-the-top performance by Al Pacino as a veteran pro football coach who can still motivate his over-paid, over-sexed, over-drugged, slightly thuggish, mostly black (except for a few White Aryan Brotherhood linemen) mercenaries with a speech that sends Knute Rockne to the bench.
    He reportedly is working on the story of the 1934 Republican industrialists who recruited Marine hero Smedley Butler to overthrow Franklin Roosevelt, which was the genesis of "Seven Days in May". We are still waiting for Tinsel Town to take on Kennedy stealing the 1960 election. It could be a long wait. If any producers are reading this, I am offering my services at the Writers Guild minimum....more info
  • Glossy fun...but not as meaningful as it pretends to be
    Director Oliver Stone always has people who "represent" a point of view first, and are characters second. (Classic example...Tom Berenger & Willem Dafoe in PLATOON). However, usually his filmmaking is strong enough to make us believe the people anyway. This is a lightweight Stone, and his female characters in particular are unconvincing. Cameron Diaz is horribly miscast...she gets to cuss and act mean, but to what purpose other than to be the character that represents "young, money-hungry, tradition-despising business people of today." Lauren Holly...what the heck was that character?!?! And Pacino, who can be good, is allowed to indulge in all his mannerisms, but to no purpose. I kept expecting a line like "I try to get out of football...but they always pull me back."

    I enjoyed some of the more minor characters a bit more...some of the young football players were really well done. And Dennis Quaid is properly seedy, kinda the "anti-Rookie." James Wood was wasted, though.

    The scenes of football are noisy and violent, but shot in such close-up that you don't get much sense of the game itself. It's just not a great sports movie and it's not a great "statement" movie. It's just an average (and overlong) diversion....more info

  • I love Oliver Stone
    but this movie is excruciating to watch if you're a true football fan (that is a fan of the strategy, rather than the hip-hop/Texas dumbass cultures it often represents). Stone does do a good job of capturing all that is wrong with professional ball. But none of it is anything that a football fan doesn't already know. The only thing he puts any humanity into is the Dennis Quaid character. And that storyline uses, what, 15 minutes of the 3 1/2 hours of rap, drug use, misogyny, money-grubbing and power tripping that we have to sit through to endure this film. How long can a movie be? Well, when the credits start rolling before the dialogue is even finished, you know somebody other than yourself had a problem with the film's length.
    This movie is way over the top in every category except 'heart'. And heart is a true athlete's greatest attribute. So in comparison to Rudy or Hoosiers or Brian's Song or almost any other sports flick out there, this film is a travesty. If, however, you want to compare it to Wall Street, it's probably one of the truer business movies available. I personally was expecting to see a football film. Instead I wasted 3 1/2 hours of my life watching corruption. I can do that come Monday at work....more info
  • A big-time classic!
    The first two times I saw this movie, I didn't really think much of it. But when I saw it the third time, I really enjoyed it and thought to myself this could be the number one movie in my top 100. This should have gotten Oscar consideration. Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx carried this movie. Most of the movies that were up for Oscar consideration in recent years were nothing but long, dry-ass movies to quote Steve Harvey. If you want a movie that dispalys great acting and is very entertaining, then Any Given Sunday is it for you....more info
  • the eye thing...
    completely unnecessary part of this "directors" cut nonsense where the dudes eye falls out in the endzone and is scooped up. Anyway, besides that, I think this is one of the best sports movies I've ever seen, and Lawrence Taylor is really the most exciting character to watch, knowing his story making the movie even more interesting. Some of the flashiness is a little cliche, but I guess that's sort of the point....more info