Phillip Elliott and Maxwell (Nick Nolte and Mac Davis, respectively) are players for a Texas football team loosely based on the championship Dallas Cowboys. Though at the peak of his football career, Elliott is a personal and physical mess, needing all manner of drugs prescribed by the team physician to play and even to move around. The indifference of the team management and the hypocritical stance toward recreational drug use versus the drug abuse practiced by the players leads to a crisis of conscience for Nolte. The combination of Nolte's volatile presence and Davis's understated performance as the quarterback who thinks he's seen it all helps make North Dallas Forty one of the best sports films around.
This Movie is based on an autobiographical novel written by former Dallas Cowboy receiver Pete Gent and is not a very flattering view of the game. There is a good article on it at the ESPN link below.
Rated: #11 on ESPN's Top 20 Sports Movies of all time. #14 on Sports Illustrated's Top 20 Sports Movies.
Starring: Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Dayle Haddon, John Matuszak, Dabney Coleman, Bo Svenson.