Leatherheads

Leatherheads

2008 American film
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Leatherheads is a 2008 American sports comedy film from Universal Pictures directed by and starring George Clooney. The film also stars Renée Zellweger, Jonathan Pryce, and John Krasinski and focuses on the early years of professional American football.

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Duncan Brantley
Rick Reilly
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  • April 4, 2008 (2008-04-04)
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114 minutes
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United States
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English
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$58 million
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$41.3 million

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Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: So you're a sportswriter, now?
Lexie Littleton: Why not?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Well, certain jobs are always going to be done by men.
Lexie Littleton: Big, strapping men?
  • The script was written back in 1993. The writers brought it to the attention of Steven Soderbergh who then took it to the then president of production at Universal Pictures, Casey Silver. It went into script limbo after Silver left the studio to become an independent producer. Soderbergh then came back and brought George Clooney along to make the film.
  • George Clooney claimed that he had rewritten all but two scenes and had asked the WGA for credit. When they denied his request, he removed himself as a voting member and changed his status to "Financial Core Member."
  • When the Chicago team takes the field for the championship game, the band plays "Boomer Sooner" (composed 1905), the fight song of the University of Oklahoma, which itself is a combination of two other schools' songs: Yale's "Boola Boola" and the University of North Carolina's "I'm a Tar Heel Born."
  • George Clooney watched many old Screwball-comedies in preparation for this movie.
  • Star-director George Clooney and his co-star Renée Zellweger premiered this film in Clooney's hometown of Maysville, KY on March 24th, 2008. In 1953, his aunt Rosemary Clooney had premiered a film of her own, The Stars Are Singing (1953), in the same town, though not at the same theatre. Roughly 3,000 fans attended the red carpet event while 200 VIPs were hand-selected to watch the film. An additional screening was held afterward with 100 lucky winners winning 2 tickets apiece from a raffle drawing. Clooney and Zellweger hosted the second screening as well before departing the theatre. Among the guests in attendance were former Lt. Governor of Kentucky Steve Henry and his wife, Miss America 2000, Heather French Henry.

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