Beamen played college ball at the University of Houston. While a nervous Beamen makes a number of errors and fails to win the game for the Sharks, he plays well and gains confidence.
Surprisingly, such was not the case. Any Given Sunday follows the exploits of the Miami Sharks and their aging coach to give the viewer a look at the battles fought for the game of football. One of the major storylines is the loss of youth and the wasting of life, most evident in the characters played by Pacino and Quaid.
His memory and body are failing him, and younger, hotter players are quickly rising the ranks to make him obsolete. Among those rising stars is Willie Beaman, played by Jamie Foxx. And as his ego grows, he naively believes that he is the team. The biggest stretch in character comes with Cameron Diaz, the owner of the Sharks who inherited the team and her business of football from her father.
My favorite line of the movie: Diaz booming, "Why do you think my father put me in charge, ya bullheaded moron? The old is tossed aside for the new, money supersedes loyalty. Just about everyone in this movie is phony.
The public changes their opinion of the Sharks just after they reverse their losing streak, and sports reporters are depicted as idiotic media hounds who can do nothing but criticize and complain i.
The best scenes come when people are yelling at each other. The concept that "the game means everything" is very similar to the recent Kevin Costner baseball flick For Love of the Game.
However, the major difference and one of the improvements is how Any Given Sunday takes a darker approach to its game of choice: The gridiron action is shot tight and fast, full of close-up, in-your-face violence fueled by a vicious soundtrack. Personally, I think more people would watch football on television if they were guaranteed the non-stop destruction depicted in this film.
Like JFK, Any Given Sunday is absolutely riddled with obnoxious advertising billboards that point out the symbolism at every turn. Yes, we understand the football field is the metaphoric battlefield for the modern day warrior.
And yes, we realize the temptations of fame in this movie. And for the love of God, could we hold the camera on one thing for more than two seconds? There were about a million things that could have gone wrong, but absolutely everything works out in the end.
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Read the movie synopsis of Any Given Sunday to learn about the film details and plot. FilmJabber is your source for film and movies. Aug 02, · oliver stone’s any given sunday — a review by nick clement August 2, nlclement Leave a comment Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday is now over 15 years old and thanks to the Blu-ray format, this visually expressive blitzkrieg-of-a-sports-film just bleeds off the screen.
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Life is a contact sport and football is life when three-time academy award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and a dynamic acting ensemble explore the fortunes of the Miami Sharks in Any Given Sunday%.
The Story: Any Given Sunday centers around a short time period in the season of a football team called the Miami Sharks. The Sharks are members of a professional football league that rivals the NFL, but has similar popularity, influence, and fans.