Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
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An incredible true story that unfolds like a ripping good yarn... With an uproarious, impossible Hollywood ending (Andrew O Hehir, Salon.com), Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is filmmaker Kevin Rafferty s (The Atomic Cafe) acclaimed documentary depicting one of the most legendary games in the history of sports. Harvard Stadium November 23, 1968. With Vietnam raging, Nixon in the White House, and issues from civil rights to women's lib dividing the country, Harvard and Yale, both teams undefeated for the first time since 1909, meet for the annual climax of the Ivy League football season. On the blue-blooded Yale campus, gridiron fever has made local celebrities out of a Yale team led by quarterback Brian Dowling, who hadn t lost a game that he finished since the 7th grade, and who was the role model for Doonesbury s B.D. At civil unrest scarred Harvard, a melting pot team of working class players, antiwar activists, and a decorated Vietnam vet set aside their differences for the Big Game. Together, Yale and Harvard stage an unforgettable football contest that baffled even their own coaches. Using vintage game footage and bracingly honest contemporary interviews with the players from both sides, including Harvard lineman and future Oscar® winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men), Rafferty crafts an alternately suspenseful, hilarious, and poignant portrait of American lives, American sports, and American ideals both tested on the playing field and transformed by turbulent times.
- Bonus Interviews (73 min.) Additional interview excerpts not included in the film, the players provide a deeper look at the season, the game, and its aftermath.
- Theatrical Trailer
WONDERFUL... An Irresistible Human Story And As Fine A Documentary About Football As HOOP DREAMS Was On Basketball. --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Preposterously Entertaining... Pulses with the Artful, exciting beats of a Thriller. --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
The Best Football Movie I've Ever Seen. --J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
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Aside from getting caught up in the unfolding action of a football game that is more incredible than any fictionalized game I've seen, we really enjoyed the experience of the 60's that the film evoked through the stories told by the players. These are the most thoughtful, witty football players imaginable, and they drew us in with their frankness, insights, humor, and the reflectiveness that the 40 years of life-experience since the game have given them.
No matter who speaks in the movie, whether it's the guy who keeps wanting to hurt people to get them out of the game, the "aloof," introspective second string quarterback who can throw the ball 50 yards with either hand, Tommy Lee Jones, who was roommates with Al Gore and is about to hang up his helmet for good and move to Hollywood, or the Jewish player whose father tells him to play on the Sabbath, all the personal stories are beautifully edited together by the filmmaker to make an engrossing tale that's as much about interesting people living through a dramatic time as it is about a football game.
I think this film will continue to be around for a long time to come.
The story is compelling, but the thing that makes this movie special is the direction. The movie is comprised primarily of interview footage interspersed with the actual game footage. The continuity between the two is fantastic. Also, the continuity BETWEEN the interviews is fantastic. There are a few times when Yale players would say "That was a bad call! I was eight feet away and there was no facemask!" This is immediately followed by the linebacker saying something like, "I was trying to take him out of the game and was hellbent for destruction and got what I deserved -- good call."
This is an amazingly entertaining film, especially once you get past the first half hour. The last half hour is absolutely spellbinding -- you literally can't stop watching it.
Recommended highly. This is a very special film, even for people who hate sports films.
If you think the only football games worthy of attention are professional and BCS caliber teams, you won't be interested in this movie. If you have nothing but antipathy (or worse) for the Ivy League, don't bother. If you are interested in a historical re-creation of an event that profoundly affected 40+ men who were coming of age in a time of considerable outside stress (the military draft at the height of the Vietnam war) and hearing their reactions to something that happened two-thirds of their lives ago, you could do a lot worse. If you're a Doonesbury fan from way back, you will also find it of interest.
The answer to the question why Calvin Hill was not featured more is that he declined to talk to Rafferty.