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Invincible the Movie

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Invincible - Based on a true story!

Football that Changed History

... it had never been done before!

We grew up within a stones throw distance of Philadelphia and remember well 1976 and the Bi-Centennial celebration. Not only do we remember it, but we were a part of it. The culture of “South Philly” is unique and loud. Nothing is done halfway or halfheartedly and their love and at times “loathe” for their sports teams is well known throughout the nation. But if an outsider speaks ill of the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers or 76’ers they will be met with a "Hey, youse shut your mouth before we shut it for you." Ahh, Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love!

Invincible, the movie, is based on a true story, and you guessed it, in Philadelphia. It is a story of one man’s passion and desire to succeed and live out his life’s dream.

During this time, the Philadelphia Eagles were coming off of another less than mediocre season and owner, Leonard Tose (as well as the fans), were ready for a coaching change. Former coach Mike McCormick was being replaced by a young, intense, successful college coach, Dick Vermeil.

The economy of Philadelphia was on a downturn. Labor unions were on strike, factories were closing and jobs were at a premium. Frustration for many was at an all-time high. Vince Papale was no exception. Recently laid off from his part-time teaching job, he turned to bartending occasionally just to try and pay his bills. Vince and the rest of Philadelphia needed hope. They needed something to look forward to, something to distract them from another day of loss and rejection.

Philadelphia fans are knowledgeable, relentless and unforgiving. They don’t allow their players or teams to ride on yesterday’s success. It is today or nothing with them. They have cheered a player for a great play and two minutes later booed the same guy for dropping a pass. In the world of sports Philadelphia fans are known as the toughest and most critical on the planet!

Dick Vermeil stepped into this atmosphere and realized from the get go that he would only have one chance with these fans. Although the movie doesn’t elaborate on this point, Vermeil pulled off an astounding public relations stunt when he called for an open tryout (something the Eagles had never done) for anyone who wanted to become an Eagle. He found in a hometown boy, Vince Papale, just what he needed; skills, heart and determination. Down the road this decision endeared, not only Vince, but Coach Vermeil as well into the hearts of the diehard Eagle fans.

Vince Papale answered the call. He showed up and showed up in a big way. He ran faster, hit harder and showed more determination than the younger more experienced players. You see Vince only played football in high school. The only playing time beyond that was backlot football that was, most of the time, anything but organized.

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Vince meets the coach in the parking lot of Vet's Stadium.

When passion and power leads to promotion.

Based on a true life story. The move is rated PG and runs for approximately 105 minutes. You can get this film in Full or Widescreen format, and also BluRay.

Invincible Movie Trailer

From Fan to Football Field

No longer would Vince simply be a fan sitting in the seats at an Eagles game. His life would take him from fan to the field, and into a life he had only dreamed of as a boy.

As the movie shows, Vince Paple was a determined, dedicated man and football player. He showed character beyond his abilities which made an impact on the fans and his teammates alike.

Most of the movie is the process leading up to his becoming a Philadelphia Eagle. But for the fans and particularly the struggling ones, he became a ray of hope. He was one of them, a hometown boy they could identify with and one that had the spirit of a winner. His actions on the field brought excitement to the entire stadium and showed that if you take your passion and add power to it, you will get promotion.

Not everyone is cut out to be a football player, nor do they want to be. However, each one of us has a basic desire to succeed in something, and Vince's promotion inspired many to move on and push ahead, even in tough times.

This movie is truly inspiring and uplifting. It was well acted and directed with Vince Papale and Dick Vermeil both acting as consultants for the film. Mark Wahlberg portrayed Vince and Greg Kinnear was a very believable Coach Vermeil.

In 1976 when Sylvester Stallone as Rocky became an icon for Philadelphia and the downtrodden of the world as he ran up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps, Vince Papale was living that "Rocky" life.

Although his dream only lasted a few seasons, he had done it. He had become an Eagle and in his own mind he had become "Invincible".

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Have you seen the movie Invincible? Share your thoughts.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I am from Philly and in fact, sold beer at the Vet that season and a few others to help pay for college. I've never experienced any job even remotely like that one. I'm sure you can imagine. Coach Vermiel did a great job and I especially remember the reckless abandon and total dedication Papale put into every second he was on the field. Oh, and the movie was pretty good too. A fun lens that brought back some unique memories.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I am not a football fan, but I enjoyed the movie none the less.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I have seen Invincible, and thought it was quite inspiring! I love football, and also love cheering for the underdog. Invincible combined both of those elements beautifully!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Until I read your review, I had no interest in seeing this movie so thank you. I have something to watch this weekend. :)

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      flatbro94 4 years ago

      Great Movie and Great Lens to go with it!