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The Replacements (Keepcase) (2000)

Keanu Reeves , Gene Hackman , Howard Deutch  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Orlando Jones, Jon Favreau, Brooke Langton
  • Directors: Howard Deutch
  • Writers: Vince Mc Kewin
  • Producers: Dylan Sellers, Steven Reuther, Jeffrey Chernov, Erwin Stoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002O3Z4XY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Inspired by the true story of the 1987 NFL strike, this comedy tells the story of an over-the-hill coach and a washed-up former quarterback who lead a team of strike-bearing replacement killers to a short but glorious season of victories in professional football.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Good for a Laugh February 20, 2004
This film is essentially Necessary Roughness reincarnated for the 21st century. Except this time, Kathy Ireland has been traded for a wise-cracking, nipple-rubbing Welch kicker.
Despite the similar plot lines, The Replacements has enough surprises and character twists to stand alone. The musical score is simply incredible, and does a fantastic job of setting the mood for each scene. I've gotten more miles out of this dvd than many "critically acclaimed" films.
Bottom Line: It's uplifting, hilarious fun that is worth every penny. Anyone who has had a dream will enjoy this one.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal but hilarious December 7, 2000
Despite the fact that this film is a totally unoriginal and predictable retread of a dozen "losers to winners" sports stories, it is so hysterically funny that I didn't even care. The story is thin at best. The NFL is having a players strike and scabs are called in to finish the season. Our heroes are low on ability but high on desire and peculiarity. The quarterback, Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), once had a promising career, but he fell apart psychologically when his team was pummeled in a college bowl game and he was labeled a player that folds in the big game. Of course, while visiting the NFL, Shane falls in love with the head cheerleader (Brooke Langton) who never dates players (except of course this once).
All this is merely a mundane excuse for a raucous and silly comedy that has some sidesplitting moments. To enjoy this film you really need two things. You need to love football and you need to enjoy slapstick, banana peel comedy. I realize that this limits the audience considerably, but for those who qualify (and I am one), this movie is a scream.
Director Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink, Grumpier Old Men) did a great job on the football sequences. He hired 45 professional football players (Former NFL players, Canadian Football League, etc.) to do the football scenes and sent the actors to a three-week football camp. The action looked real because it was real. The players were told to play and hit the way they normally would. Of course, the plays were choreographed, but they were real football plays.
The comedy was lowbrow, outrageous and crass, with a great deal of physical comedy. The cheerleader scenes were a riot, especially the cheerleader tryouts. The scene where they started pantomiming sex acts to distract the opposing team was priceless.
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Corny dialogue. Mediocre acting. Predictable plot. One great movie.
"The Replacements" is a movie about athletes who forget salary caps and product endorsements (although this feature is chock-full of product placement) and remember football.
"The Replacements" is a light comedy, but nevertheless, like "Any Given Sunday," pushes an agenda. It portrays athletes as money-grubbing crybabies more interested in counting their money than playing. It suggests that heart and love of the game are lost in professional football, but the agenda is equally lost in the humor and excitement of the hard-hitting games.
The Washington Sentinels represent the riffraff-composed Washington Redskins who became a darkhorse team during the 1987 National Football League players' strike. Upon the mid-season strike, the NFL coaches scrambled together a bricolage of players to finish out the season.
Less retired and more fired Coach Jimmy McGinty, played by Gene Hackman (from Mississippi Burning), is rehired to coach the Washington Sentinels, a ragtag and bobtail consisting of has-beens and never-were, one being former Ohio State quarterback Shane "Footsteps" Falco, AKA Keanu Reeves.
This jaded group of players met in discord, but with Coach McGinty's tutelage and Falco's lead-by-example bravado, they soon began working as a team, to ultimately compete in their final showdown against Dallas.
Off the field, Falco is making a `pass' at Sentinel head cheerleader Annabelle Farrell, played by Brooke Langton. However, Annabelle, with her "I don't date football players...especially quarterbacks" schtick, makes for a tough opponent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Football's the one with the pointy ball, right? April 28, 2005
For the record, I don't know a lot about football. I was one of those guys who figured that football was for those poor souls who couldn't make it in the band. I am not qualified to pass judgement on how good the football sequences in this movie. I AM QUALIFIED, however to pass judgement on what entertains me. This movie qualifies.

The situation is an NFL strike. Some scab players are hired to play in the pros in the place of the "real players". Against all the odds, they do well. That pretty well sums it up and it follows, I think, all of the standard cliches. That is not what the movie is about, though. It is about laughs and it is about heart. This movie has both.

This is not going to go down as one of the great comedies of all time. It does, however, have its moments. Some of the laughs are just chuckles and a few are great big belly laughs. I think the sumo wrestler qualifies for the latter.

The movie also has heart. The guys on the team do their best. When faced with a choice between an all-pro prima donna and "their guy", they make the right choice. They do their best and they triumph. Maybe football isn't as wimpy as I thought.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dissatisfied!!
I was not able to view this movie without stutttering. Gave up after 20 min. Want a refund but dont know how to contact customer service for a refund.
Published 2 days ago by Michelle Renaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Football at Its Best
If you like football, this is a must.
Published 2 days ago by Robert Yanover
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Such a funny movie. Bought it as a gift to give to a friend.
Published 5 days ago by Marilyn Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie, funny and yet inspiring / Recommended to ...
Awesome movie, funny and yet inspiring / Recommended to everyone including those still dreaming of / searching for a second chance / Fast delivery, DVD in great shape / Happy with... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Papo el animador
5.0 out of 5 stars It is just a very fun movie. It makes me like football which I ...
It is just a very fun movie. It makes me like football which I normally do not care for.
Published 13 days ago by Beatrice Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 13 days ago by Sonia A Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it over and over
I've watched this several times over the years on commercial TV, edited. I finally decided to treat myself with the DVD. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Bobbie in N.O.
1.0 out of 5 stars I was not happy with this
One of our DVD's does not play. It freezes up on the screen. I was not happy with this. The other works just fine.
Published 15 days ago by SharonWurm
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good movie
Published 15 days ago by Dan Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Wonderful feel good film. Funny and just a good time. Gene Hackman is terrific as always, Keanu Reeves was made for this role and the girl (can't remember the actresses name),... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Diana Shackleford
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the music on the movie
I believe you're referring to "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor. (I know, it's impossible to read the credits on TV, when they're squished and running at 90 miles an hour.)
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