Film / Man Getting Hit By Football

Man Getting Hit By Football is a classic short film made by and starring Hans Moleman, created for a film festival in his small town of Springfield (the creator never told us which one). The premise is simple, it's about a man getting hit by a football. The film was not well-received when it was released note . However it went on to be Vindicated by History, getting itself a successful remake which earned George C. Scott an Oscar.

The original can be viewed here.


  • American Football: The specific kind of football that the man gets hit by.
  • Author Appeal: Averted. It's doubtful Hans Moleman found any appeal in this.
  • Creator Cameo: Hans Moleman.
  • Downer Ending: The man gets hit by a football and is left while cringing in pain.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's about a man. Who gets hit by a football.
  • Found Footage: Rumored to be one, instead of a regular narrative film.
  • Groin Attack: It happens to the eponymous man.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: The person who threw the football.
  • Karma Houdini: The football-thrower is not known to have gotten any comeuppance for his action.
  • Minimalism: The entire film consists of a simple shot of actor Hans Moleman's house.
  • Narrator All Along: The narrator, Hans Moleman ("Man getting hit by footbaaaAAAAaaaaall"), turns out in a shocking Plot Twist to be the man hit by the football.
  • The Oner: The brilliant camera work allows the film to be a single shot for the entire running time.
  • One-Hit KO: Well, the man does get incapacitated by a single football hitting him in the groin.
  • The Remake: Featuring George C. Scott and the bonus line "Aaagh! My groin!"
  • Sadist Show: Certainly evident by some viewers, such as one unknown judge of the Springfield Film Festival who was reported to fall into hysterical laughter upon seeing it.
  • Short Film: Short doesn't begin to describe this film. It may as well be The Ugly Barnacle of films.
  • Spoiler Title: We all know what what the ending is...