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  • Actors: George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, John Krasinski, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Root
  • Directors: George Clooney
  • Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Casey Silver
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CF06VK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,692 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Comedy, in the 'screwball' style of the 1930s, directed by and starring George Clooney. Set in the 1920s, the film stars Clooney as Dodge Connolly, a brazen yet charming American Football captain who is determined to guide his team to glory. However, his plans suffer a major blow when the players lose their sponsor and the future of the entire league is subsequently thrown into doubt. But when Dodge convinces college football star Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski) to join the team, he hopes that the struggling new sport will finally capture the nation's attention. Carter is a war hero who single-handedly forced a group of German soldiers to surrender in the First World War. His good looks and incredible speed on the field make him seem almost too good to be true, and reporter Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) sets out to prove just that.

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Leatherheads is a sort of two-fisted homage, simultaneously celebrating the early, unstructured days of professional football and the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s. George Clooney stars as "Dodge" Connelly of the Duluth Bulldogs, a wily (if a bit long in the tooth) player whose team goes bankrupt. His solution is to lure a war hero and star of the college-football circuit, Carter "The Bullet" Rutherford (John Krasinski from the American version of The Office) to join the team and, through the sheer force of his celebrity, legitimise professional football. Little does Connelly know that Rutherford's war record is being scrutinised by reporter Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) and what she uncovers may undermine the whole scheme. Leatherheads isn't seamless--at times the screwball flavour feels forced and Zellweger's performance is laboured--but those few awkward elements only emphasize how zippy and fun the rest of the movie is. Clooney also directed and demonstrates some real flair with editing and letting the fringes of the story be as vital as the main plot. Krasinski, with his goofy handsomeness and a streak of Jimmy Stewart charm, shows real promise as a movie star. Though Leatherheads has plenty of broad slapstick (and most of it is pretty funny), the movie's real comic richness comes out in offhand gestures and sly revelations of character. All in all, it isn't Preston Sturges (director of classic comedies like The Lady Eve and The Palm Beach Story), but it's in his neighbourhood, and that's a pretty wonderful neighbourhood to be in. --Bret Fetzer

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
George Clooney tackles the comparisons that have been made between him and Cary Grant head on in this period comedy, by not just directing but starring in exactly the sort of screwball comedy that made Grant a star. It's debatable whether he should have tried, as the end result does not quite fire on all cylinders - but it's still worth a watch.
It's clear from the first moment of the movie when we see a sepia toned vintage Universal logo instead of the usual spinning planet, that Clooney is going all out to homage the movies that they used to make in `the good old days'. What becomes apparent as the movie goes on, is that he is also making a movie about the origins of professional football, as it goes from poor boy of college football to rich money-driven sport. As director, he succeeds admirably in the vintage setting, and the picture looks lush and beautifully shot, even as the players splash in the mud. As actor, he scrapes through on his undeniable charm, but there is a nagging feeling that he is trying just a little hard to create those Cary-Grant-esque moments at times with his gurning and double takes. He is hardly helped by Renee Zellwegger, whose idea of appearing in a period movie is to purse her lips as much as possible, and gradually relax them to indicate her character mellowing... Sorry to say, she does not on this outing match any of the great stars like Katherine Hepburn, Carole Lombard or Jean Harlow who defined the genre, but her fans will not be too disappointed.
The American professional football aspect of the film fares much better - we are not overloaded with sport on screen, but see enough to get an idea of the changes happening in the sport, and what we do see helps us feel in the thick of it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
A big name cast hones their passing game in this funny romantic comedy based on the humble beginnings of professional football. (And by football I'm referring to the American game where you hardly ever get to hit the ball with your foot)

Renee Zellweger matches George Clooney scene for scene and zinger for zinger, and for the most part the best of the action is between these two instead of on the field. Defense and offense are handled nicely by John Krasinski, Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Root.

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1. Tackles, passes, fumbles, fouls, interceptions and cheap shots abound in the movie, and some of them are even on the playing field.
2. Dodge Connelly (Clooney) doggedly and pugnaciously leads the Duluth Bulldogs, even though he ought to be put out to stud.
3. When the league runs out of starch, he gets an idea to recruit a new top dog named Carter (Krasinski), who just happens to be a war hero.
4. As legend has it, Carter single handedly captured a whole platoon of German soldiers, using his bare hands.
5. Reporter Lexie (Zellweger) is out to do a little investigative reporting, and ends up receiving double coverage
6. The introduction of rules ruins pro-football for ever
7. The odds are even that it all comes down to one big game
8. Extra points must be awarded for those tight ends

A most enjoyable period movie, with all the mud-slinging that accompanied the introduction of a rulebook for the gridiron. Worth touching down at the DVD store.

Amanda Richards
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TKr on 8 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
Leatherheads is one of the most enjoyable films of the year. It's both a homage to football before it became big business and to 30s/40s comedies. The chemistry between Zellweger and Clooney works fine nad they have some great scenes together both in terms of comedy and unsentimental romance. The film is well written, perfect timing and an altogether nice balance of elements. I particularly liked how Clooney poked gentle fun at his own age. Visually, Leatherheads is one of the most elegant films I have ever seen with a dominance of warm colours. The costumes are absolutely awesome. Randy Newman yet again delivers a superb soundtrack (and a delightful cameo experience
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
A tongue in cheek tale about the early days of American-Soccer.The film is set in the roaring 20's and has plenty of authentic props.
'George Clooney' 'plays 'Dodge Connelly'an ageing enthusiast who see's the opportunity of turning his passion for the game into big-bucks.
His path crosses an ambitious newspaper reporter who has been given the task of creating a story about a great soccer player who had been hailed as a 'World War 1 ' hero.
'Ren'ee Zellweger' plays the reporter 'Lexie'
'Dodge' and the real war hero 'Carter Rutherford' (John Krasinski) clash over the attentions of 'Lexie'
Well.........sport......romance.......blends to give a watchable movie which will give you one or two chuckles along the way...maybe worth a viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Graham S. Owen on 20 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I purchased the film on the back of watching an advertising trailer, which looked quite good, but was disappointed with the film which was mildly amusing and not riveting enough to keep my wife awake - she lasted about 40 minutes. Maybe it is me, I want to like George Clooney, he seems like a nice bloke with a good sense of humour but find I his films really slow and just cannot seem to empathise with his character portrayal. I have got to be honest, I have never managed to watch one of his films without losing interest - if you find him watchable then you may like this film - not for me though!
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