Any Given Sunday

December 22nd, 1999


Any Given Sunday

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Cap on the fieldChristina and Harvey talk in the locker roomWillie Beaman, #13Julian WashingtonJulian on the sidelinesVanessa

"Any Given Sunday" is a behind the scenes look at the life and death struggles of modern day gladiators and those who lead them.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.7/10 (59,912 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Oliver Stone

Stars: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz

When a devastating hit knocks a professional football legend and quarterback Cap Rooney out of the game, a young, unknown third-stringer is called in to replace him. Having ridden the bench for years because of a string of bad luck stories and perhaps insufficient character, Willie Beaman seizes what may be his last chance, and lights up the field with a raw display of athletic prowess. His stunning performance over several games is so outstanding and fresh it seems to augur a new era in the history of this Miami franchise, and forces aging coach Tony D'Amato to reevaluate his time-tested values and strategies and begin to confront the fact that the game, as well as post-modern life may be passing him by. Adding to the pressure on D'Amato to win at any cost is the aggressive young President/Co-owner of the team, Christina Pagniacci, now coming into her own after her father's death...

Writers: Daniel Pyne, John Logan

Al Pacino - Tony D'Amato
Cameron Diaz - Christina Pagniacci
Dennis Quaid - Jack 'Cap' Rooney
James Woods - Dr. Harvey Mandrake
Jamie Foxx - Willie Beamen
LL Cool J - Julian Washington
Matthew Modine - Dr. Ollie Powers
Jim Brown - Montezuma Monroe
Lawrence Taylor - Luther 'Shark' Lavay
Bill Bellamy - Jimmy Sanderson
Andrew Bryniarski - Patrick 'Madman' Kelly
Lela Rochon - Vanessa Struthers
Lauren Holly - Cindy Rooney
Ann-Margret - Margaret Pagniacci
Aaron Eckhart - Nick Crozier

Taglines: This Christmas. It's Better To Give Than Receive.


Official Website: Warner Bros |

Release Date: 22 December 1999

Filming Locations: Cardozo Hotel - 1300 Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,584,625 (USA) (26 December 1999) (2505 Screens)

Gross: $75,530,832 (USA) (26 March 2000)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)

Did You Know?

Director Oliver Stone tried and failed to get the National Football League's permission to use real NFL team logos and stadiums for the film.

Continuity: Before the final play of the game, the quarterback is shown in the huddle with a part of his right shoulderpad outside of his jersey. When he comes to the line, the pad is tucked back in.

Christina Pagniacci: No intensity, no victory.

User Review

What professional football is really like...

Rating: 8/10

Tony D'Amato(Al Pacino) is the head coach of the Miami Sharks who are owned by the Christina Pagniacci(Cameron Diaz) who is using the Miami Franchise only for profit. Trouble stirs up after long time star quarterback Cap Rooney(Dennis Quaid)is injured along with his back up bringing in third string quarterback Willie Beamen(Jamie Foxx) who becomes the face of the franchise after having great game after great game. The only problem is that he plays only with his head and not with his heart, with an aging team that needs an emotional leader to guide them to victory. Also Starring: James Woods, Matthew Modine, LL Cool J, Bill Bellemy, Lawrence Taylor, Charelton Heston, Aaron Eckhart, and John C. McGinley.

In a cinema that rarely produces pro football movies, this is the cream of the crop. It captures the reality along with the heroic story of a nobody rising to the top. The movie is humorous, dramatic, and a thriller for all sports fans.

This is not only one of Oliver Stone's best films but this is also the start of Jamie Foxx's "good" acting career. Forget what the critics said about Collateral or Ray being the beginning for Jamie Foxx. It was Any Given Sunday. Willie Beaman is a complex character and Foxx nailed the part. He was magnificent. He played the part to perfection and out shined the great Al Pacino. The supporting cast was also incredible with great performances from Cameron Diaz, LL Cool J, James Woods, and surprisingly John C. McGinley. It is very rare to find a great dramatic football movie but this is definitely one those small few.

Overall, this is one of the greatest sports movies of all time and it is highly enjoyable for adult audiences.

I highly recommend this movie.


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