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Leatherheads (Movies)
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Leatherheads is a 2008 (11 years ago) American sports comedy movie from Universal pictures (wallpaper) directed by and starring George Clooney. The movie also stars Renée Zellweger, Jonathan Pryce and John Krasinski and focuses on the early years of professional American Football.



Clooney plays Jimmy "Dodge" Connelly, captain of a struggling professional American football team in the 1920 (99 years ago) (circa 1925 (94 years ago)), the Duluth Bulldogs. Dodge is determined to save both his team and pro football in general when the players lose their sponsor and the league is on the brink of collapse. He convinces Princeton University's college football star, Carter "the Bullet" Rutherford, to join the Bulldogs, hoping to capitalize on Carter's fame as a decorated hero of the First World War (like Alvin York, he single-handedly captured a large group of German soldiers).

In addition to his legendary tales of combat heroism, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed and skill on the field. As a result of his presence, both the Bulldogs and pro football in general begin to prosper.

Zellweger provides a romantic interest as Chicago Tribune newspaper reporter Lexie Littleton, who becomes the object of the affections of both Dodge and Carter. Dodge knows that Lexie has been assigned to find proof that Carter's war heroics are bogus. Indeed, Carter confesses that the surrender of the Germans was a lucky accident and that his role in it was more foolish than heroic. Carter soon discovers Lexie's agenda and is doubly hurt when he learns that Dodge and Lexie kissed (twice, according to Dodge). The ensuing fight between Dodge and Carter over Lexie's affections puts her off, and spurred on by the threats of Carter's manager, she decides to publish the story.

The story sparks a firestorm of accusations and reprimands between the Tribune and Carter's camp. Carter's manager resorts to shady dealing to cover up the story, even bribing the original witness to change his story. Lexie's and Carter's careers hang on opposite sides of the balance.

Meanwhile, Dodge's attempts to legitimize pro football take a life of its own. The new football commissioner formalizes the game's rules taking away much of the improvisational antics that teams, like the Bulldogs, were famous for. In addition to the change in the game rules, the commissioner takes the responsibility of clearing up the Carter controversy to set an example for the new, cleaner, direction of professional football.

With the whole world against Lexie (even the Tribune is pushing her to retract her story), Dodge concocts a clever ruse to resolve the issue. Interrupting a private hearing in the Commissioner's office, Dodge threatens Carter with a confrontation by his old army mates. Dodge claims that they are just outside the door of the Commissioner's office, ready to congratulate him for his heroic actions. In truth, the men outside the window are the Bulldogs in borrowed Army uniforms. Carter succumbs under the pressure and confesses the truth to the Commissioner. The Commissioner frees Lexie from printing a retraction, has Carter maintain the ruse (but makes him give a hefty part of his paycheck to a charitable Army cause), and fires Carter's conniving manager. Also, he warns Dodge that football has changed. And, if Dodge pulls any old tricks to win the next game, he'll lose his place in the league.

With his own playing style at an end, Dodge plays in one last big game. This time it will be against Carter, who has changed sides to the Chicago team. The rivalry for Lexie's affection spills over onto the football field for one last day.


  • George Clooney (5 walls) as Jimmy "Dodge" Connelly
  • Renée Zellweger as Lexie Littleton
  • John Krasinski as Carter Rutherford
  • Jonathan Pryce as CC
  • Stephen Root as Suds
  • Wayne Duvall as Coach Frank Ferguson
  • Keith Loneker as Big Gus
  • Malcolm Goodwin as Bakes
  • Matt Bushell as Curly
  • Tim Griffin as Ralph
  • Robert Baker as Stump
  • Nick Paones as Zoom
  • Nick Bourdages as Bug
  • Jeremy Ratchford as Eddie
  • Alex Via as Scoreboard Keeper
  • Cody Froelich as Scoreboard Keeper
  • Max Casella as Mack Steiner
  • Jack Thompson as Harvey
  • Bill Roberson as Mr. Dunn


Leatherheads began filming on Feb. 12, 2007 (12 years ago). Filming locations mainly included locations in upstate South Carolina around Greenville, Greer and Travelers Rest, and western North Carolina around Statesville, Greensboro and Winston-Salem, specifically at Hanes Middle School and the Winston-Salem Millenium Center. Train scenes were filmed at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina. Filming wrapped in mid-May 2007 (12 years ago). After initially being set for release in dec. 2007 (12 years ago), the studio moved the release date to Apr. 4, 2008 (11 years ago). On Mar. 24, George Clooney (5 walls) and Renée Zellweger premiered the movie in Maysville, Kentucky, birthplace of Clooney's father and aunt, Nick Clooney and Rosemary Clooney.

The setting of most of the movie is Duluth, Minnesota, but was filmed in the Carolinas. In late Mar. 2008 (11 years ago), Clooney and Zellweger visited Duluth to promote the film.

The piano player bent over the tack piano with eyes glued to music is the composer of the original music in this movie, Oscar-winning songwriter Randy Newman.


The movie received mixed reviews from critics. As of Apr. 5, 2008 (11 years ago), the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 54% of critics gave the movie positive reviews, based on 108 reviews. Metacritic reported the movie had an average score of 57 out of 100, based on 32 reviews.


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