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Leatherheads (Widescreen) (2008)

George Clooney , Renee Zellweger , George Clooney  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, John Krasinski, Jonathan Pryce
  • Directors: George Clooney
  • Writers: Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly
  • Producers: Grant Heslov, Casey Silver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BL96JI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Leatherheads (Widescreen)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Football's Beginning: The Making of Leatherheads
  • No Pads, No Fear: Creating the Rowdy Football Scenes
  • George Clooney: A Leatherheaded Prankster
  • Visual Effects Sequences
  • Feature Commentary with Director George Clooney and Producer Grant Heslov

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Academy Award winners George Clooney and Renée Zellweger team up in this fun-filled comedy set against the beginnings of pro football. Dodge Connelly (Clooney), captain of a struggling squad of barroom brawlers, has only one hope to save his team: recruit college superstar Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski, The Office). But when a feisty reporter (Zellweger) starts snooping around, she turns the two teammates into instant rivals and kicks off a wild competition filled with hilarious screwball antics! Critics are cheering Leatherheads as “a real winner” (Claudia Puig, USA Today).

    Leatherheads is a sort of two-fisted homage, simultaneously celebrating the early, unstructured days of professional football and the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s. George Clooney stars as "Dodge" Connelly of the Duluth Bulldogs, a wily (if a bit long in the tooth) player whose team goes bankrupt. His solution is to lure a war hero and star of the college-football circuit, Carter "The Bullet" Rutherford (John Krasinski from the American version of The Office) to join the team and, through the sheer force of his celebrity, legitimize professional football. Little does Connelly know that Rutherford's war record is being scrutinized by reporter Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) and what she uncovers may undermine the whole scheme. Leatherheads isn't seamless--at times the screwball flavor feels forced and Zellweger's performance is labored--but those few awkward elements only emphasize how zippy and fun the rest of the movie is. Clooney also directed and demonstrates some real flair with editing and letting the fringes of the story be as vital as the main plot. Krasinski, with his goofy handsomeness and a streak of Jimmy Stewart charm, shows real promise as a movie star. Though Leatherheads has plenty of broad slapstick (and most of it is pretty funny), the movie's real comic richness comes out in offhand gestures and sly revelations of character. All in all, it isn't Preston Sturges (director of classic comedies like The Lady Eve and The Palm Beach Story), but it's in his neighborhood, and that's a pretty wonderful neighborhood to be in. --Bret Fetzer

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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this off-beat romantic movie February 18, 2009
    George Clooney and Renee Zellweger star in this off-beat romantic comedy. Clooney plays Jimmy "Dodge" Connelly, an aging star in the seemingly collapsing sport of football. Zellweger plays Lexie Littleton, a positive woman, determined to make good in the man's world of reporting. Sparks fly when Dodge's scheme to resurrect football attracts Lexie, who quickly realizes that there is a dirty little secret being swept under the rug.

    I really liked Renee Zellweger's portrayal of Lexie Littleton, a hard-headed, outspoken woman who is nobody's fool - it was very reminiscent of the tough women of yesteryear's Hollywood (check out Rosalind Russell's portrayal of a tough woman reporter in the 1940 film, His Girl Friday). George Clooney pulls off another good everyman role, bringing his charm and charisma to the role. I liked the way that Clooney and Zellweger bounced off each other - both too independent to simply surrender to the other.

    I really liked this off-beat romantic movie, which really is a blast from the past of Golden Age Hollywood. I don't hesitate to give this charming movie 5 stars!

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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 1920s Football Comedy September 4, 2009
    Most of the movie is snappy comedy and old-time romance. The football scenes toward the end drag but overall a fun movie to watch and enjoy.

    The early 1920's is when Leatherheads takes place. Leatherheads title comes from the helmets they wore at the time - hardly protecting the player's heads, but much about football has changed since then. Professional football was laughable. It showed the early team playing in a farm field with a cow chewing grass and looking mildly irritated her field was full of crazy men running back and forth. Few fans were around.

    Dodge Connelly (George Clooney) is an older player (45 years old) and does not want his team, the Duluth Bulldogs, to fold - like other teams are across the United States. College football is doing better than the weak professional teams. Dodge latches onto a top player Carter Ruthford (John Kasinski) who is also a national hero of the First World War. Carter is young, smart and is talked into playing for the Bulldogs for $5,000 of the gate receipts. He brings in the fans, the reporters and money. The Bulldogs are on a gravy train with him - he helps pack in the fans and get bigger professional stadium.

    Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) is the cute Chicago Newspaper reporter (also the romantic interest of Dodge and Carter) who wants a "big" story to make her editor of a newspaper. She is ambitious, full of moxie and knows how to handle herself in a man's world of sports. The drama starts when Carter falls for her and confesses that his heroics in capturing a group of German Soldiers was sheer luck (although I thought he should still get credit). She has some guilt but prints the story and then the movie gets complicated and a little off kilter. The story line gets a bit goofy and off the point.

    However the movie meanders, it was fun and enjoyable - Dodge and Lexie are played in the spirit of the 1930's romantic comedies and many laughs throughout.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars just plain fun! October 15, 2008
    This isn't going to be a long review. You don't have to like football to enjoy this movie, although I really do. From the first scene with a cow (that's all I'm going to say), you know this movie is going to be silly fun. It's in the spirit of John Cleese movies (the funny bantering) and O Brother where Art Thou? I didn't expect a lot of this movie when we put it in and I was happily surprised to find myself laughing though the whole movie!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Leatherheads (Full Screen) March 10, 2010
    Dodge Connolly, a charming, brash football hero, is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country's attention. Welcome to the team Carter Rutherford, America's favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in WWI, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new champ is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton aims to prove that's the case. A cub journalist playing in the big leagues, Lexie is a spitfire newswoman who suspects there are holes in Carter's war story. But while she digs, the two teammates start to become serious off-field rivals for her fickle affections. As the new game of pro-football becomes less like the freewheeling sport he knew and loved, Dodge must both fight to keep his guys together and to get the girl of his dreams. Finding that love and football have a surprisingly similar playbook, however, he has one maneuver he will save just for the fourth quarter. The plot is not deep but flowed well. This is a light-hearted movie. And it was pulled off very well. Acting by Clooney, Zellweger, and others captured the spirit of the era, including humor, dress, and scenery. Very good directing by Clooney. Likable movie.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars FUN AND A LOT OF CHUCKLES February 10, 2011
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    For plain old entertainment, nothing can beat this movie - it's a la Cary Grant played by George Clooney. It's an offbeat love story with lots of crazy football antics, muddy fields, and general zaniness. George is his usual handsome self with a real sense of comedy. The movie had the drunk reporter, a false war hero, and a big old country boy who played the line. Renee was wonderful as the love interest. I liked it, as did my teenage son, and we were disppointed that the movie sent by so quickly. We didn't even get through out second bag of microwave popcorn.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    All Okay!
    Published 20 days ago by Terry Bailey
    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not that entertaining.
    Fun idea for a movie, especially for football fans. Although it was interesting to look at professional football when it was just getting started, the story line itself fell short... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Goofy62
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Not worth more than one viewing, but worth the bargan bin price
    Published 1 month ago by MARK C URICK
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    Published 1 month ago by Steven C. Minnich
    5.0 out of 5 stars With George Clooney starring in "Leatherheads", you can't lose!
    The movie "Leatherheads" is about the founding of professional football in the United States. Still a very funny movie and with George Clooney in it, you can't lose!
    Published 1 month ago by Army Ranger
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    it was ok and on time
    Published 1 month ago by David
    3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
    This movie is highly stylized and you're not going to care about the characters. It's a pale, imitative cousin of O Brother Where Art Thou. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by K. MIller
    5.0 out of 5 stars cute
    cute and funny, clooney finds ways to introduce us to the idiots and blockheads of football in the early days. i love a period piece like this one. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by will crow
    4.0 out of 5 stars This was a very good Movie, George Clooney Directed it!
    I immediately recognized the girl from the Movie "Chicago" where
    she did an amazing Job! I gave Chicago *5* stars. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Devils.Advocate666
    5.0 out of 5 stars Clooney great
    George Clooney is great in this, and its fun to hear of all the terms used in no rule football, funny and great movie.
    Published 8 months ago by penblade1
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