Any Given Sunday
Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American sports drama film directed by
Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football
team. The film features an ensemble cast, including Al Pacino, Cameron
Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, Ann-Margret,
Lauren Holly, Matthew Modine, John C. McGinley, Charlton Heston, Bill
Bellamy, Lela Rochon, Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Berkley, Marty Wright,
and NFL players
Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor. It is partly based on
the novel On
Any Given Sunday
Any Given Sunday by famed NFL defensive end Pat Toomay;
the title is derived from a line in the book (also used in the film)
that a team can win or lose on "any given Sunday", said by the
fictitious coach Tony D'Amato.
Cameo roles also featured many former
American football players
including Dick Butkus, Y. A. Tittle, Pat Toomay, Warren Moon, Johnny
Unitas, Ricky Watters,
Emmitt Smith and Terrell Owens, as well as
coach Barry Switzer.
3.3 Principal photography
4.3 Director's cut
6 External links
The Miami Sharks, a once-great
American football team, are struggling
to make the 2001 Associated Football Franchises of America (AFFA)
playoffs. They are coached by thirty-year veteran Tony D'Amato (Al
Pacino), who has fallen out of favor with young team owner Christina
Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) and offensive coordinator and D'Amato's
expected successor Nick Crozier (Aaron Eckhart). In the thirteenth
game of the season, both starting quarterback Jack "Cap" Rooney
(Dennis Quaid) and second-string quarterback Tyler Cherubini (Pat
O'Hara) are injured and forced to leave the field. The desperate
Sharks call upon third-string quarterback Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx)
to replace them. 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.
Rooney vows to make it back by the playoffs, with D'Amato promising to
not give up on him.
The next day, D'Amato and Pagniacci argue about the direction of the
team. Pagniacci favors Crozier and wants to eventually cut Rooney.
D'Amato argues that Pagniacci's father, the previous owner, would
never meddle in his coaching plans. During the next game, to D'Amato's
chagrin, Beamen disregards the team's conservative offense and changes
plays in the huddle. As the media hails Beaman as the next model of
quarterback, the new-found success feeds his growing narcissism and
leads to tension with teammates and coaches. During a confrontation
with Beaman, D'Amato demotes him back to the bench. After Beamen gives
an interview taking sole credit for the Sharks' winning streak, the
other players refuse to perform for Beamen and consequently lose a
home game. After Beamen gets into a brawl with Julian "J-Man"
Washington (LL Cool J), an irate D'Amato expresses his embarrassment
at his team before leaving. Beamen contemplates and amends his
As the playoffs come around, Sharks middle linebacker Luther Lavay
(Lawrence Taylor) reminds Beaman how lucky he is to be in the league
and to find a life outside of football; his words fall on deaf ears.
D'Amato worsens his relationship with Pagniacci and berates Rooney for
second-guessing his availability. Before the game, D'Amato gives a
speech urging team unity that Beaman takes to heart. Rooney returns as
starting quarterback, but is injured with a concussion after scoring a
touchdown. Rooney and Pagniacci urge D'Amato to let Beaman finish the
game, which after an argument he allows. Beaman apologizes to his
teammates for his actions and leads the team to win. He dedicates the
next game to Rooney.
At D'Amato's final press conference as head coach, he is thanked by
Pagniacci. D'Amato is expected to announce his retirement, but he
instead drops a bombshell and announces that he has been hired as head
coach and general manager of an expansion team in New Mexico. He
further infuriates Pagniacci by adding that he has signed Beamen to be
his starting quarterback and franchise player.
Al Pacino as Tony D'Amato: Head Coach of the Miami Sharks. Having held
his position for decades and been given much autonomy by the team's
owner, "Tony D" is respected for great successes, including two
Pantheon Cups, the championship for this (fictional) professional
football league. He devoted so much time to the team, he became
estranged from his wife and children. D'Amato's traditional methods
have come under fire from management and the media for recent
failures, including missing the playoffs. Bitter that he was never
promoted to general manager, D'Amato resents the hands-on
"interference" of Christina Pagniacci, who succeeded her father Arturo
as team owner. D'Amato's character was partly inspired by Tom Landry,
longtime coach of the Dallas Cowboys. His last name comes from
legendary boxing trainer Constantine "Cus" D'Amato.
Cameron Diaz as Christina Pagniacci: Owner and General Manager. She
inherited the team from her father and boasts a Cornell MBA. She
attributes the team's disappointments to Coach D'Amato's "old-school
methods" and takes a more hands-on approach, bringing in innovative
new Offensive Coordinator Nick Crozier as his eventual successor. She
hints that D'Amato will not return after his contract expires, adding
to his distractions. She also threatens to move the franchise if the
city refuses to build a new stadium, causing a confrontation with the
AFFA Commissioner and the Mayor of Miami. Her character is based
Jerry Jones and Georgia Frontiere.
Dennis Quaid as Jack "Cap" Rooney:
Starting quarterback and team
captain. Seen like a son to D'Amato, the two have been credited with
the team's greatest on-field successes. Rooney is now an aging veteran
who faces injuries and conflicts with team personnel. Pagniacci wants
to dump him. Relations have soured between Rooney and wife Cindy
(Lauren Holly), who goads him without sympathy for his physical or
mental situation, mercilessly browbeating him when he even mentions
retiring. He is injured during a game and is replaced, but is
determined to make a comeback. Rooney recovers in time for the first
round of the playoffs, wherein he plays well until suffering a hard
hit while scoring a touchdown before halftime.
James Woods as Dr. Harvey Mandrake: The unscrupulous team physician.
He risks serious injury to players to enable the team to have a better
shot at winning, often at the direction of Pagniacci. He is later
fired after his unethical methods are discovered by the conscientious
Jamie Foxx as "Steamin" Willie Beamen: The third-string quarterback.
Beamen has a history that eventually led him to distrust his coaches.
In particular, while playing for a previous franchise, Beamen was made
into a defensive secondary player for having "fast feet" and was
eventually injured while making a tackle. Beamen initially believes
that racism played a major role in his history of being denied
opportunities he desired, using an alternative of "placeism" to
describe a lack of African-American quarterbacks and head coaches in
pro football. He takes over as starter after injuries to Rooney and
the backup quarterback. Though surprisingly successful, Beamen causes
tension among staff and teammates. He frequently changes the plays the
coach calls, or just calls his own. These acts create major tension
with D'Amato. D'Amato respects Beamen's athletic ability and
acknowledges his talents warrant him to be a quarterback, but heavily
criticizes his lack of leadership skills and intangibles. He begins a
singing career and even asks owner Pagniacci for a date when she
enters a postgame locker room full of naked or partly dressed players
like himself. Beamen's antics on and off the field eventually get him
demoted to the bench by D'Amato, who firmly believes that a
quarterback's most important role is to lead the team and help keep
them confident, both of which Beamen took a clear disregard for.
Beamen later matures and is inspired by "Cap" Rooney's gutsy
performance in the Sharks' first playoff game.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J as Julian "J-Man" Washington: The starting running back. He
is very good but becomes increasingly angry at Beamen for his
cockiness and tendencies to take plays away from him. He is motivated
by incentive clauses in his contract, and D'Amato refers to him as a
"merc" (mercenary) "who will be gone before next season." Washington
later redeems himself to the team by running out-of-bounds in order to
stop the play clock while his team was attempting an offensive drive
with little time left.
Ann-Margret as Margaret Pagniacci
Lauren Holly as Cindy Rooney, wife of Cap Rooney. It is heavily
implied that she is no more than a trophy wife, caring more for her
wealth and social status than for her husband's health and well being.
Lawrence Taylor as Luther "Shark" Lavay: Starting middle linebacker
and the captain of the defense, with a cortisone addiction and is
nearing the twilight of a very successful career. Held in high esteem
by D'Amato for "revolutionizing" his position by being highly skilled
in both pass rushing and defending against the run. Mandrake has
concealed that "Shark" is suffering from a previous injury, a broken
neck that did not heal properly. If he suffers a serious hit again, he
may be killed or permanently disabled. The team's internist informs
him and D'Amato of the situation, but "Shark" says he will lose over
one million dollars if he does not make his incentive stats or retires
as Powers suggests. He also has a confrontation with Beamen over the
role of offense vs. defense (which culminates with him cutting
Chevrolet Suburban in half with a circular saw during a
party). While making a hit, Shark gets knocked unconscious. He awakens
and is hauled off on a stretcher, satisfied that he made his one
million dollars incentive.
Jim Brown as Montezuma Monroe: The Defensive Coordinator. He is vocal
and brings intensity to the defense and to the team in general. A
longtime friend of D'Amato, who personally confides in Montezuma
several times. Monroe states at one point he would like to return to
high school coaching where the game is "pure."
Aaron Eckhart as Nick Crozier: The Offensive Coordinator. Nick is an
offensive guru brought in from Minnesota by Christina Pagniacci. Young
and tech-savvy (making use of a laptop computer while calling plays),
he is highly critical of Tony's old-fashioned ways, as well as
Beamen's changing the plays in the huddle and Julian's playing for
contract incentives. Despite the tension, D'Amato recognizes Crozier's
talent. He is named D'Amato's successor after the coach departs to
lead an expansion franchise in New Mexico.
Matthew Modine as Dr. Oliver "Ollie" Powers: The team's internist. He
discovers Dr. Mandrake covering for players who are suffering from
near-career-ending injuries but are overdosing on painkillers,
steroids and hormones to cover the pain. Powers faces his own dilemma
in the need to relieve the players' pain vs. prescribing too much
medication at the insistence of the addicted players.
John C. McGinley
John C. McGinley as Jack Rose: An abrasive and prominent sports
reporter. On his own cable show, Rose displays an incredible distaste
for all things D'Amato. This leads to D'Amato physically assaulting
Rose near the end of the regular season, but no charges are pressed
after D'Amato makes a public apology. In spite of their rivalry (or
even because of it) he confesses that he will miss D'Amato when he
retires. Inspired by Jim Rome.
Lela Rochon as Vanessa Struthers
Elizabeth Berkley as Mandy Murphy
Charlton Heston as Commissioner
Clifton Davis as Mayor Tyrone Smalls
Oliver Stone appears uncredited as an announcer at the
stadium, and his caricature portrait can be seen at a bar with other
caricatures of noted sports people, including D'Amato.
Jim Caviezel appears uncredited as D'Amato's estranged son, but
the scene was cut from the theatrical release. The deleted scene is
available on the DVD release.
Oliver Stone developed a script called Monday Night written by Jamie
Williams, a former tight end for the
Nebraska Cornhuskers and later
the San Francisco 49ers, and Richard Weiner, a sports journalist.
Stone separately acquired the spec script On Any Given Sunday, by John
Logan. Stone later amalgamated a third screenplay, Playing Hurt by
Daniel Pyne, into the project.
As of May 1, 1999, the screenplay's cover page listed the following
writers: original draft by Jamie Williams & Richard Weiner, John
Logan, Daniel Pyne; subsequent revisions by Gary Ross; revisions by
Raynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans; revisions by John Logan;
revisions by Lisa Amsterdam & Robert Huizenga; latest revisions by
Writers Guild of America ultimately awarded screenplay credit to
Logan and Stone, with "story" credit to Pyne and Logan. Williams and
Weiner went uncredited for their original screenplay, but were
credited for their work on the film as technical consultants.
The screenplay was also based in part on the book You're Okay, It's
Just a Bruise: A Doctor's Sideline Secrets by Robert Huizenga.
Huizenga was the intern doctor for the
L.A. Raiders in their 1980s
heyday, working under Dr. Robert T. Rosenfeld, who dismissed many
players' injuries with the phrase, "You're okay, it's just a bruise."
James Woods' character was based on Rosenfeld, and his first diagnosis
of "Cap" Rooney's career-threatening injury at the beginning of the
film is "you're okay, it's just a bruise." Huizenga left the Raiders
in the early 1990s, disgusted at the way the medical advice was kept
from players and Rosenfeld being allowed to continue treating them
after several mishaps, one of which is closely mirrored in the
film—Shark's neck injury and risk of sudden death, based on the
Mike Harden case.
Director Oliver Stone's first two choices to play Tony D'Amato were Al
Pacino and Robert De Niro.
Henry Rollins was offered a role as a
football player but turned it down as he felt he did not have the size
to make the portrayal believable. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was cast as
Willie Beamen, but dropped out amidst rumors he could not throw a
football convincingly. Publicly Combs dropped off the project because
of scheduling conflicts with his recording career. According to Cuba
Gooding Jr., he met with
Oliver Stone about playing the role of Willie
Beamen but Stone turned Gooding down because he had already played a
football player in
Jerry Maguire (1996).
Chris Tucker turned down the
role of Willie Beamen.
Five NFL Hall of Fame Players made cameo appearances as opposing head
coaches. Bob St. Clair, with Minnesota, the first game. Y. A. Tittle,
for Chicago, the second game. Dick Butkus, with California, the road
game. Warren Moon, with New York in the rain soaked game. And finally,
Johnny Unitas with Dallas, in the finale.
Jim Caviezel played Tony D'Amato's estranged son, but his scenes were
cut. They can be seen in the extras of the
Oliver Stone Collection
Tom Sizemore also had a role in the film, but it too was cut.
The film was shot in
Miami, Florida and Irving, Texas. Miami's Orange
Bowl stadium represents the home of the fictitious American football
team, the Miami Sharks. When the team traveled to California,
the stadium used was Pro Player Stadium, which is located in Miami
Texas Stadium is used for the home of the fictitious Dallas
Oliver Stone requested, but did not receive, the National
Football League's permission to use real NFL team logos and stadiums
for the film. As a result, the fictional Associated Football
Franchises of America (AFFA) was created (not to be confused with the
real AFA). The AFFA apparently exists alongside the NFL, since the
Miami Dolphins are mentioned.
For the scenes during a football game, production asked local schools
to participate as extras for the film, including Lake Stevens Middle
School in Miami, Florida. For each shot the crowd was asked to move
around so that each section looked filled, in empty seats cardboard
cutouts were placed in seats with balloons attached to them so that
they would seem in motion.
On Google Earth, using the "historical imagery" button and setting the
date to 2/20/1999, the Orange Bowl displays "Sharks" at each end zone.
For the practice scenes they used the baseball arena Homestead Sports
The film also used
Arena Football League
Arena Football League players such Pat O'Hara, who
played for the
Tampa Bay Storm
Tampa Bay Storm and now coaches the Orlando Predators,
and Connell Maynor, who also played for the
Orlando Predators and
spent time as both a player and coach for the Philadelphia Soul. Bjorn
Nittmo, then with the AFL's Buffalo Destroyers, was the Sharks'
placekicker. Matt Martinez, a former Gurkha & ex-husband of Niki
Taylor and linebacker for the AFL's Miami Hooters, played himself, #31
for the Sharks.
A scene in the film was shot at Windmill Ranch. Quaid's character's
house is really Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino's house.
Time Out New York
Time Out New York 's Andrew Johnston wrote: "It's often been said of
films about sports that smaller balls equal better movies. Any Given
Sunday explodes that theory, and not just because of the incredible
intensity of its gridiron action. Oliver Stone's best movie in many
years—and one of his finest ever—looks at the world of
professional football from almost every conceivable angle, but it
never tries to be the definitive statement on the subject. A
surprisingly balanced film that merges Stone's hyperkinetic style with
a character-centric narrative approach reminiscent of John Sayles and
Robert Altman at their best, Sunday proves that powerful human drama
and MTV visual pyrotechnics actually can coexist after all."
Richard Schickel for Time criticized the story as being
"standard" and stated "(a)lmost three hours of this jitter
deteriorates from bravura filmmaking to annoying mannerism, and Any
Given Sunday ends up less than the sum of its many, often interesting
parts." Rick Groen of
The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail wrote that the story was
"(c)hoc-a-bloc with manly blather about sacrifice and honour and
rugged individuals pulling together for the greater glory of the
team." And, elaborating on many critics' shared observations
that the movie was "hyperkinetic", Jack Matthews of the New York Daily
News states that "the sensation we get from the blizzard of images and
teeth-jarring sound effects is of having our head used as the
The film received an aggregated score of 51% from 120 reviews on
Any Given Sunday
Any Given Sunday (soundtrack)
A soundtrack containing hip hop, rock and R&B music was released
on January 4, 2000 by Atlantic Records. It peaked at #28 on the
Billboard 200 and #11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Oliver Stone wanted to use the music of the Canadian band Godspeed
You! Black Emperor and actually filmed a scene using their music, when
he later asked for permission, the band said no, so Stone was forced
to redo the scene without the music.
Film composer Richard Horowitz, who supplied the original score,
published his complete music for the film on a promotional CD.
When released to home video on VHS and DVD, a new director's cut by
Oliver Stone was used. Due to the packaging listing "6 minutes of
previously unseen footage" and a running time of 156 minutes, many
assumed that the theatrical cut was 150 minutes, and that Stone had
added six minutes of footage. In actuality, the theatrical cut ran 162
minutes; 12 minutes were deleted for the director's cut, and six
minutes of new footage were added. Stone said these changes were made
to help with the film's pacing. The differences between the two
versions are discussed on IMDb's entry for the film.
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