The opening scenes of The Replacements
see American football team, the Washington Sentinels, in dire straits. The players have walked out in a protest over pay at a vital point in the season, forcing the Sentinels' owner to bring veteran coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) out of retirement to put together a replacement team. He assembles a group of oddballs and misfits including failed quarterback Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a boozing Welsh brawler (Rhys Ifans), a convicted former football pro, a deaf mute, a psychopathic ex-cop, a sumo wrestler and a kleptomaniac (Orlando Jones) who has trouble catching the ball. It is Falco's job to pull the team together and overcome his own problems to take the Sentinels to the playoffs. Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink
, Grumpier Old Men
) directs this variation on a losers-make-good storyline that runs like Police Academy
on the playing field. Keanu plays the Steve Guttenberg role. Sandra Bullock clone Brooke Langton provides the all-too-predictable cheerleading love interest, while Rhys Ifans delivers light relief as the team's chain-smoking kicker.
On the DVD: The main feature is presented in letterboxed widescreen format with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound in three languages (English, Spanish and Italian). There are optional subtitles in 20 different languages. Interactive menus are slickly designed like the yard markings on an American football field and provide access to a range of special features. As well as a theatrical trailer and commentary by director Howard Deutch, there is a 15-minute HBO special "The Making of the Replacements" hosted by Orlando Jones and a 10-minute "Actors Guide to Football" which provides a detailed look at the way the entirely authentic football sequences were planned and filmed. --Chris Campion
DVD Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Director Howard Deutch
The Making of The Replacements
"Making The Plays: An Actor's Guide To Football"
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Hebrew, Polish, Greek, Czech, Turkish, Hungarian, Croatian, Arabic, Romanian, Bulgarian, English for the hearing impaired, Italian for the hearing impaired.
From the Back Cover
Action-packed comedy based on the professional American football plaers' strike in the '80s. Keanu Reeves (The Matrix
) plays Shane Flaco, a has-been quarterback who is the key to the success of misfits assembled by veteran coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) to fill in for the striking pro players. Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill
) is also selected for the team and puts in a performance as a beer-swilling, nicotine-wired kicker! Together they become The Replacements
, with sultry support provided by cheerleader Annabelle Farrell and her ex-stripper squad.
audio in italianoshane falco e' un quarterback stremato ma tra i piu' promettenti damerica, che e' anche la chiave di salvezza per quella squadra di sbandati messi assieme dal coach, il veterano jimmy mcginty. uno scoordinato ma affabile ricevitore, uno spietato difensore in seconda linea, un fumatore accanito e uno schieramento a sostegno di falco si rivelano i giusti ingredienti per puntare al colpo del playoff. e per un supporto piu' caloroso ce' la cheerleader annabelle farrel con il suo gruppo di ex spogliarelliste. il dolore passa. le donne lasciano cicatrici profonde. la gloria dura per sempre. sono queste le parole di falco alla sua squadra. un piano di gioco che funziona a perfezione.