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The Replacements 2000 film review

The Replacements 2000 film review

The Replacements (2000, United States)

Running time
115 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7 / 10

When football players of Washington Sentinels join the strike of pro players the owner of the club, Edward O’Neil, plans a radical move. He gets in contact with his former employee coach Jimmy McGinty and offers him a deal - he needs new players fast and McGinty is a man to build a team in short time for good money. But McGinty is skeptical, especially since he knows that O’Neil is not a man that can be trusted. At last he agrees to take on the challenge, but he has his own plan - instead of looking professional players as replacements he wants to bring all the talented players he knew that did not make it to the pro level. It is risky, especially since most of them haven’t played professional football in years. One of them is Shane Falco, former star quarterback on university level, who now earns money by cleaning bottoms of other people boats. But the rest of the team looks even more discouragingly - there is a convict, shop clerk, sumo fighter, SWAT team cop, bouncers from night club, skinny Englishman and fast wide receiver... who is deaf. Nevertheless McGinty is still sure he made the right choices.

Typical sport story of the underdogs team that with hard work have the chance to succeed against pro teams. This time the plot has a little twist - they are not just underdogs, they are people who get the second chance in life and during the strike of pro players they have the chance to achieve the dreams they were unable to reach in the past. Also the ending of the movie isn’t what can be expected at the beginning.

Not very original idea, not very original script with sometimes quite cheesy dialogues and cliches, but... it actually works. Great cast, remarkable soundtrack and good comic elements create really entertaining sport movie that could be fun even for people not interested in football.

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Creators of The Replacements

Howard Deutch films

Howard Deutch


Vince McKewin films

Vince McKewin


Cast of The Replacements

Keanu Reeves films

Keanu Reeves

as Shane Falco

Gene Hackman films

Gene Hackman

as Jimmy McGinty

Jack Warden films

Jack Warden

as Edward ONeil

Brooke Langton films

Brooke Langton

as Annabelle Farrell

Orlando Jones films

Orlando Jones

as Clifford Franklin

Faizon Love films

Faizon Love

as Jamal Jackson

Michael Taliferro films

Michael Taliferro

as Andre Jackson

Ace Yonamine films

Ace Yonamine

as Jumbo

Jon Favreau films

Jon Favreau

as Daniel Bateman

Rhys Ifans films

Rhys Ifans

as Nigel Gruff

Troy Winbush films

Troy Winbush

as Walter Cochran

David Denman films

David Denman

as Brian Murphy

Michael Jace films

Michael Jace

as Earl Wilkinson

Art LaFleur films

Art LaFleur

as Banes

Brett Cullen films

Brett Cullen

as Eddie Martel

Keith David films

Keith David

as Lindell

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The Replacements quotes

Jimmy McGinty: Shane Falco.
coach: Shane Falco? "Footsteps" Falco from Ohio State?
Jimmy McGinty: The same.
coach: He hasnt played in years!
Jimmy McGinty: He should be well rested then.

Jimmy McGinty: Listen up! By this time tomorrow the strike will be officially over and you men will be out of a job. Up until now Dallas hasnt been afraid of you, and they should be because you have a powerful weapon working for you. There is no tomorrow for you, and that makes you all very dangerous people!

Eddie Martel: This doesnt change anything Falco! Im still an All-Pro quarterback with two Superbowl rings. Youll never be anything more than a replacement player.
Shane Falco: Yeah, I can live with that.