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In a society in which major league sporting events have replaced Sunday worship as the religion of choice, North Dallas Forty appears like a desecration at the altar. In this film, directed by Ted Kotcheff (Ted Kotcheff), the National Football League is revealed to be more about the money than the game. Nick Nolte is North Dallas Bulls pass-catcher Phillip Elliott, whose cynicism and independent spirit is looked upon as troublesome by team coaches Johnson (Charles Durning) and Strothers (G.D. Spradlin) and team owner Conrad Hunter (Steve Forrest). Elliot, at the end of his career and wise to the way players are bought and sold like cattle, goes through the games pumped up on painkillers conveniently provided by the management. His teammates include savvy quarterback Maxwell (Mac Davis) and lunk-headed defensive lineman Jo Bob Priddy (Bo Svenson), who deal with the impersonality and back-biting of the game through off-field diversions. When the Bulls management benches Elliot after manipulating him to help train a fellow teammate, Elliot has to decide whether there is more to life than the game that he loves. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:August 3, 1979


Nick Nolte
as Phillip Elliott
Charles Durning
as Coach Johnson
Dabney Coleman
as Emmett
Dayle Haddon
as Charlotte
Bo Svenson
as Jo Bob Priddy
Steve Forrest
as Conrad Hunter
G.D. Spradlin
as B.A. Strothers
Savannah Smith
as Joanne
Marshall Colt
as Art Hartman
Guich Koock
as Eddie Rand
John Matuszak
as O.W. Shaddock
John Bottoms
as Vip
Jim Boeke
as Stallings
Walter Brooke
as Doctor
Deborah Benson
as Mrs. Hartman
Stanley Grover
as March
Alan Autry
as Balford
Cliff Frazier
as Monroe
Rad Daly
as Conrad
Boyd Matson
as Sportscaster


Ted Kotcheff
Frank Yablans
Frank Yablans
Ted Kotcheff
Peter Gent
Book Author
Peter Gent
Thom Noble
Jay Kamen
Sheldon Kahn
Alfred Sweeney
Production Designer
Jack B. Bernstein
Executive Producer
Larry Jost
Sound/Sound Designer
Debby Porter