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Film / Invincible (2006)

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One man's impossible dream... became his biggest triumph!

A 2006 American Sports Drama directed by Ericson Core that explores the life of Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) and his time with the Philadelphia Eagles and relationship to his coach Dick Vermeil(Greg Kinnear).

The movie also stars Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo, Don Davidoff, Michael Kelly, Stink Fisher, Michael Mulheren, Michael Nouri, Paige Turco, and Randy Couture.

It was released on August 25, 2006.

Tropes for the film:

  • The '70s: Takes place during Papale's career from 1976 to 1978.
  • Artistic License – History: In real-life, Vince Papale had played for several semi-pro football teams after his collegiate track and field career. It was his performance with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League that brought him to the attention of Dick Vermeil.
  • Ascended Fanboy: The film centers around Philadelphia Eagles fan Vince Papale becoming a player for the team.
  • Historical Domain Character:
    • Vince Papale, American Football Wide receiver for Philadelphia Eagles.
    • Dirk Vermeil, Coach for Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Period Piece: Takes place from 1976 to 1978.
  • One-Word Title: Invincible.
  • Opposites Attract: Vince's Love Interest Janet is a fan of the Eagles' hated rivals the New York Giants.
  • Real-Person Epilogue: The movie ends with text, clips, and images of the real Vince Papale, including both events covered in the film and his later career.