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* ArtisticLicenseSports: While the most unrealistic personnel move [[spoiler: D'Amato signing Beamen for his new team in Albuquerque without anyone in Miami or in the media knowing until D'Amato announces it]] can be handwaved as a different league than the [=NFL=] having different rules, there still are a few examples on the field.

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* ArtisticLicenseSports: While the most unrealistic personnel move [[spoiler: D'Amato (D'Amato signing Beamen for his new team in Albuquerque without anyone in Miami or in the media knowing until D'Amato announces it]] it)]] can be handwaved as a different league than the [=NFL=] having different rules, there still are a few examples on the field.


* ArtisticLicenseSports: While the most unrealistic personnel move [[spoiler: D'Amato signing Beamen for his new team in Albuquerque without anyone in Miami or in the media knowing until D'Amato announces it]] can be handwaved as a different league than the [=NFL=] having different rules, there still are a few examples on the field.
** Beamen's audibling to a nonexistent play ("80 Blackstar") would result in ''someone'' on the offense calling a timeout.
** At halftime of the first game, offensive coordinator Crozier is giving detailed play breakdowns without the team's only healthy quarterback even in the room.
** Christina brags she could get a first and second-round draft choice in trade for Rooney, a 39-year-old (ancient in this sport) quarterback with a bad back. Uh, no.



** So was the opening scene involving a player with [=IV=]s in both arms needing to use the toilet...''now''.
** And Beamen's lining up underneath the guard (instead of center) was based on an incident during John Elway's rookie year.



* CelebrityParadox: When Creator/CharltonHeston enters Creator/AlPacino's house, ''Film/BenHur1959'' is playing on television.

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* CelebrityParadox: When Creator/CharltonHeston Creator/JamieFoxx enters Creator/AlPacino's house, ''Film/BenHur1959'' (starring Creator/CharltonHeston, who has a small role in this film) is playing on television.


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--> '''Commissioner''': I honestly believe that woman would eat her young.

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* CelebrityParadox: When Creator/CharltonHeston enters Creator/AlPacino's house, ''Film/BenHur1959'' is playing on television.


--> '''Linebacker #2''': "Best buckle up, it's gonna be a long day today!"

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--> '''Linebacker #2''': "Best Best buckle up, it's gonna be a long day today!" today!


* TenMinuteRetirement: While it was known all throughout the movie that this season would likely be his last, it seemed to end with D'Amato announcing his retirement. [[spoiler: But he instead signed with an expansion team as coach and GM,and also signed Beamen to his team]].



* AchillesInHisTent: At some point, Beamen gets selfish and isolates himself from all other players, and even D'Amato, believing they're all against him. Then he gets better and HesBack in the team.



--> Unnamed Linebacker: "Beamen! Beamen! I want you to take a good look at me, imma be the next motherfucker to knock you out!"
--> Linebacker #2: "Best buckle up, it's gonna be a long day today!"
--> Same linebacker, seconds later after smearing Beamen: "Best get used to this, motherfucker, imma be picking peanuts outta your ass!"

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--> Unnamed Linebacker: "Beamen! '''Linebacker #1''': Beamen! Beamen! I want you to take a good look at me, imma be the next motherfucker to knock you out!"
out!
--> Linebacker #2: '''Linebacker #2''': "Best buckle up, it's gonna be a long day today!"
--> Same linebacker, seconds later '''Same linebacker''' (seconds later, after smearing Beamen: "Best Beamen): Best get used to this, motherfucker, imma be picking peanuts outta your ass!"ass!
** And :
--> '''Shark''': Coach, you're gonna have a stroke.
--> '''Coach''': I don't get strokes, motherfucker, I give 'em.



* TenMinuteRetirement: While it was known all throughout the movie that this season would likely be his last, it seemed to end with D'Amato announcing his retirement. [[spoiler: But he instead signed with an expansion team as coach and GM,and also signed Beamen to his team]].


* NextSundayAD: The movie was released 1999, but took place during the latter half of the 2001 AFFA season.

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* NextSundayAD: The movie was released 1999, 1999 but took place during the latter half of the 2001 AFFA season.


* NextSundayAD: The movie was released 1999, but it takes place during the latter half of the 2001 AFFA season.

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* NextSundayAD: The movie was released 1999, but it takes took place during the latter half of the 2001 AFFA season.


* NextSundayAD: The movie was released 1999, but the movie takes place during the latter half of the 2001 AFFA season.

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* NextSundayAD: The movie was released 1999, but the movie it takes place during the latter half of the 2001 AFFA season.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jack Rose is a thinly (read: not even ''remotely'') disguised caricature of Jim Rome, right down to his abrasive comments resulting in him being assaulted on camera. In addition, Tony D'Amato is based on former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, and Christina Pagniacci is a combination of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Rams owner Georgia Frontiere

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* NextSundayAD: The movie was released 1999, but the movie takes place during the latter half of the 2001 AFFA season.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jack Rose is a thinly (read: not even ''remotely'') disguised caricature of Jim Rome, right down to his abrasive comments resulting in him being assaulted on camera. In addition, Tony D'Amato is based on former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, and Christina Pagniacci is a combination of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Rams owner Georgia FrontiereFrontiere.



* ShownTheirWork: While the AFFA and featured teams in the film are fictional, the movie accuratley captures a lot of aspects of real life professional football.

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* ShownTheirWork: While the AFFA and featured teams in the film are fictional, the movie accuratley accurately captures a lot of aspects of real life professional football.


A 1999 UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball film, starring (among others) Creator/AlPacino and Creator/JamieFoxx. Directed by Creator/OliverStone, so think ''Film/TheReplacements2000'' meets ''Film/NaturalBornKillers''.

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A 1999 UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball film, starring (among others) Creator/AlPacino Creator/AlPacino, Creator/CameronDiaz, Creator/DennisQuaid, Music/LLCoolJ, and Creator/JamieFoxx. Directed by Creator/OliverStone, so think ''Film/TheReplacements2000'' meets ''Film/NaturalBornKillers''.


* MoneyDearBoy: While the players and coaches all have a genuine love for the game, they make it no secret that they're primarily concerned about their next contract.

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* MoneyDearBoy: In-universe: While the players and coaches all have a genuine love for the game, they make it no secret that they're primarily concerned about their next contract.


* BackedByThePentagon: Averted. While Oliver Stone requested the NFL's permission to use team names and logos, the league flat out refused. The NFL even went so far as to try and prevent players from participating in the film. As a result, Stone cast players from the Arena Football League as extras.



* CastTheExpert: Former NFL players Jim Brown and Lawrence "L.T" Taylor as Sharks Defensive Coordinator Montezuma Monroe and LB Luther "Shark" Lavay respectively.

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* AchillesHeel: Cap's back injury and Shark's improperly healed neck. [[spoiler: Subverted in the case of Willie's shoulder. It's hinted throughout the film that his arm could soon give out, but it never does at any point on screen, and he doesn't tell D'Amato about it before he's named the starting QB at his new team.]]
* BackedByThePentagon: Averted. While Oliver Stone requested the NFL's permission to use team names and logos, the league flat out refused. The NFL even went so far as to try and prevent players from participating in the film. As a result, Stone cast players from the Arena Football League as extras.


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** Cap Rooney's house is actually the real life house of Dan Marino.


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** This actually becomes a plot point: one of the reasons Christina can't get the city of Miami to pay for a new stadium is because of the Dolphins.
* CastTheExpert: Former NFL players Jim Brown and Lawrence "L.T" Taylor as Sharks Defensive Coordinator Montezuma Monroe and LB Luther "Shark" Lavay respectively.


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** Cap's back injury as well. [[spoiler: Subverted with Beamen's shoulder. It ''looks'' like it's going to become one, but it's never really addressed onscreen.]]


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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: All of the members of the Sharks' coaching staff are this to some degree, but Christina absolutely personifies the trope.


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* MoneyDearBoy: While the players and coaches all have a genuine love for the game, they make it no secret that they're primarily concerned about their next contract.


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* ShownTheirWork: While the AFFA and featured teams in the film are fictional, the movie accuratley captures a lot of aspects of real life professional football.
** Beamen's draft stock dropping because he took a gift from a booster is very much TruthInTelevision: college players can and have seen their draft stock plummet for relativly minor infractions.


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** Cap also becomes this once Beaman takes over the starting job.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jack Rose is a thinly (read: not even ''remotely'') disguised caricature of Jim Rome, right down to his abrasive comments resulting in him being assaulted on camera. In addition, Tony D'Amato is based on former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, and Christina Pagniacci is a combination of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Rams owner Georgia Frontiere


* BerserkButton: Shark finds out that Willie has been ripping the defense. He responds by ''cutting Willie's car in half!''



** Willie quickly gets one when he wins the starting job and is hailed as one of the best QB's in the league. This quickly gets undone as he becomes alienated from the team.




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*WellIntentionedExtremist: Possibly the ''best'' possible interpretation of Dr. Mandrake. He lies to the players about their injuries (and this ultimately gets him fired when Tony finds out). He justifies his actions by saying that if he told the truth their their careers would be over and he not only wants to give the team the best chance to win, but he doesn't want to be responsible for telling the players that they have to give up on their dream, especially when he's convinced (not without merit) that most of them would want to play through their injuries anyway.
** While he does cover up Shark's injury (namely the fact that he could ''die'' if he takes another hard hit), he does feel guilty about putting him at risk. But he again justifies this by saying Shark has 4 kids to feed, and he doesn't want to end his career.

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