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The Replacements - A Football Movie That Can Never Be Replaced in My Heart

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I have seen The Replacements for the nth time but I would say that this movie never fails to entertain me. Would you believe that my reaction is the same as the first time I saw the movie? Yes, I am like a child who never gets tired of watching this movie even if I have watched it a couple of times already.

I first watch this movie at my friend's house. We are looking for some movies to watch when we saw a CD of this film. I remember how my friend and I really enjoyed this film. We never stopped laughing especially with the scene where the coach is looking for his new replacement players.

I have seen many football movie but I think as of now The Replacements is still the best for me. Maybe because I have loved this story and got attached with the characters on it.

The Replacements Trailer

 

Call them out of shape

 

Call them out of practice

 

Call them out of control

 

Just don't call them...

 

Out of tune

 

Characters That I Have Love

Let Us Meet Them

All of the characters contributed to the movie. Each has its own story, each has its own problem, each has its own fears and each of them deserves a second chance. They all gave an impact to me.

 

#16 Shane Falco

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

Position: Quarterback

Nickname: Footsteps

Falco is a former quarterback who made a mistake during the 1996 Sugar Bowl at Ohio State and because of that incident he lost his self-confidence. He was convinced by McGinty to play for Washington Sentinels as a quarterback to replace Martel.

  

Jimmy McGinty

Gene Hackman

Jimmy McGinty

Position: Coach

A former head coach of the Sentinels and fired by O'Neil. But hired again by the Owner of Washington Sentinels to coach for the replacement players. He agreed with the condition that he is the one in-charge of recruiting his own team.

 

#3 Nigel Gruff

Rhys Ifans

Rhys Ifans

Position: Placekicker

Nickname: The Leg

He is a former soccer player and can kick a soccer ball even if it is a wide distance . He became addicted to gambling and he is running away from his debts.

 

#34 Walter Cochran

Troy Winbush

Troy Winbush

Position: Running Back

A former priest who retired from the ministry after breaking his knee in his one game in the pros.

 

#42 Earl Wilkinson aka "Ray Smith"

Michael Jace

Michael Jace

Position: Cornerback

A former soccer player who was sentence for assaulting a police officer. At first, he dislikes Danny because Danny is a cop but in the end they understood each other and became friends.

 

#56 Daniel "Danny" Bateman

Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau

Position: Line Backer

He is a SWAT team officer and a former football player. A very much intense player especially whenever he sees a red shirt. At the start, he doesn't like Ray but after a while they started to like each other.

 

#68 Jumbo Fumiko

Ace Yonamine

Ace Yonamine

Position: Offensive Tackle

He is a Japanese sumo wrestler. A very strong person and loves to eat. At first had a grudge with Jamal but later on, they became friends.

 

#72 Jamal Abdul Jackson

Faizon Love

Faizon Love

Position: Guard

Jamal is one of the Jackson brothers. A former football player and now works as a bodyguard together with his brother. He couldn't get along with Jumbo at the start of their practice as a team but later on they close teammates.

 

#73 Andre "Action" Jackson

Michael Taliferro

 

Michael Taliferro

Position: Guard

Andre is the other half of the Jackson brothers. A former football player and now work as a bodyguard together with his brother.

 

#81 Clifford Franklin

Orlando Jones

Orlando Jones

Position: Wide Receiver

He is a fast runner. The downside is he cannot catch anything. He works as a stockman in a minimart.

 

# 86 Brian Murphy

David Denman

David Denman

Position: Tight End

He is deaf but a talented football player.

 

Other Characters

Characters that add thrills and peeves in the movie.

 

Annabelle Farrell

Brooke Langton

 

Brooke Langton

Position: Head Cheer Leader

Owner of a bar. Never dated a football player before because she believes that pro athletes are all prima donnas. But later on prove she was wrong when she met Falco. She is the love interest of Shane Falco.

 

Edward O'Neil

Jack Warden

Jack Warden

He is the owner of Washington Sentinels who hires McGinty to recruit and coach replacement players.

 

#7 Eddie Martel

Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen

Position: Quarter Back

A proud quarterback and the one replaced by Falco. The villain of the movie.

My Favorite Quote in the Movie

There are many inspirational quotes in this movie. Here is one of them:

I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn’t be our style. Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.

- Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves)

I will survive

One of my favorite scene. In this scene they are teasing Clifford because he is the only one hiding behind the jukebox during the fight with Martel and his friends. He said that he is not hiding and then he started to sing and dance. In the end they all dancing until McGinty comes.

The Last Part of the Movie

Whenever I see the ending of this movie, I always get emotional.  I was smiling and at the same time I was trying to hold back my tears. It is another favorite quote of mine. In this part all of them are already bidding each other goodbyes, while flashing those scenes, Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) is saying these words:

When the Washington Sentinels left the stadium that day, there was no tickertape parade, no endorsement deals for sneakers or soda pop, or breakfast cereal. Just a locker to be cleaned out, and a ride home to catch. But what they didn't know, was that their lives had been changed forever because they had been part of something great. And greatness, no matter how brief, stays with a man. Every athlete dreams of a second chance, these men lived it.

-Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman)

Scene from the last part of the movie - A very nice ending

Moral Lesson

I believe that all movies have their own moral lesson. In this movie there are two moral lessons. The first one is about giving second chances and the second one is how to fight your fears.

I believe that we all deserve a second chance. There are things that we have done in the past and given the chance, we want to correct it especially if that incident affects our daily life.

I believe that being able to fight your fears will set you free and by doing that you will be able to gain more confidence about yourself.

Recommendation:

I will not hesitate to recommend this movie. The movie is fun to watch. You will not get bored. You will enjoy watching it. I know that there are sports movie that you have liked before but for me The Replacements will be one of the best.

It is my favorite movie of Keanu Reeves and like what I said with my title as of now no one can replace it as the Number One Football Movie.

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