Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, February 20, 2009

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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  • Film

(USA/2008—directed by Kevin Rafferty)

Harvard Stadium, November 23, 1968: for the first time since 1909, the football teams of Harvard and Yale are both undefeated as they meet for their final, highly anticipated game. Yale, featuring captain and quarterback Brian Dowling (who was “undefeated since the seventh grade” and was memorably satirized in classmate Garry Trudeau’s legendary Doonesbury comic strip) is heavily favored to win. Harvard’s lineman is one Tommy Lee Jones — Al Gore’s roommate at the time and destined to become one of America’s most celebrated actors. With wit, style and a fantastically acute sense of the incredible tension of the event, director Kevin Rafferty (The Atomic Café) intercuts original footage of the game with the hilarious, suspenseful recollections of the 50 men who played in what has become not only one of college football’s most famous games, but one of the most famous games of all time – period. (105 min.)

“Not just the best game I ever saw – it was the best game that ever was, culminating in the athletic equivalent of a multiple orgasm. Now you too can experience the magic.” -Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker