An AP wire story has Robert Wuhl â€” best known for his role as Arli$$ on the HBO show with the same name from the 1990s â€” pick his favorite football movies. He is also well known as the whacky bench coach in â€œBull Durham.â€
Wuhl also votes on the Academy Awards, is an Emmy winner and wrote a few Academy Award shows.
â€˜Tis the season for the Super Bowl so I will post a few of Wuhlâ€™s favorite football movies in tragedy, comedy and his all time favorite.
Â â€œBrian’s Songâ€ (1971): The movie that made men cry as much as women. The relationship between Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and the doomed Brian Piccolo (a pre-â€œGodfatherâ€ James Caan) is the stuff classics are made of. Plus, you’ve got the great Jack Warden as Coach George Halas, and that Michele LeGrand score.
â€œHeaven Can Waitâ€ (1978): Warren Beatty’s remake of â€œHere Comes Mr. Jordanâ€ is not just the best football romantic comedy but one of the best romantic comedies period. Changing the lead character from a boxer to a quarterback allows Beatty and co-writer Elaine May to dish out stinging satire about pro football. Great support from Dyan Cannon, Julie Christie, Charles Grodin, Jack Warden (again), James Mason and co-director Buck Henry. A memorable score by Dave Grusin.
â€œNorth Dallas Fortyâ€ (1979): A film that nestles between comedy and tragedy. Ted Kotcheff directed real-life Dallas Cowboy Peter Gent’s story about the â€œreal worldâ€ of pro football, including drugs, sex, greed, competition and self-preservation. Nick Nolte, Mac Davis (excellent, really), the great Charles Durning, and G.D. Spradlin as a Tom Landry-esque coach help put this film at the top of my list.
I myself know only baseball movies and a few good basketball ones. Plus most of these are too old for me to remember.
Feel free to chime in on what you think is a great football movie. I left some of his picks off this blog.