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Paterno (2018)

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The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his ... See full summary »

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Barry Levinson
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Joe Paterno
Kathy Baker ... Sue Paterno
Kenneth Maharaj ... MRI Tech
Michael Mastro ... Guido D'Elia
Joshua Morgan ... Bobby, Media Wrangler
Ross Degraw ... Sports Producer
Mitchell L. Mack Mitchell L. Mack ... Devon Smith (as Mitchell Mack)
Larry Mitchell ... Jay Paterno
Darren Goldstein ... Mike McQueary
Riley Keough ... Sara Ganim
Nicholas Sadler ... Todd, Press Photographer
Sir Brodie ... Security Guard
Greg Grunberg ... Scott Paterno
Annie Parisse ... Mary Kay Paterno
Vito Vitiello Vito Vitiello ... Sports Director
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The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.

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The greater the legend,the harder the fall.

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Biography | Crime | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Valley See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Barry Levinson was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special category for Paterno (2018), but lost to Ryan Murphy for American Crime Story: The Man Who Would Be Vogue (2018). See more »

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[last lines]
Sara Ganim: Uh, I'm sorry. You said... 1976?
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Penn State Alma Mater
Written by Fred Lewis Pattee and Charles Crozat Converse (as C.C. Converse)
Arranged by Thornton W. Allen
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Paterno yes, but the movie couldn't decide where to go from there
8 April 2018 | by underscore1See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect with this. Focusing on a figure in a scandal that isn't the perpetrator, a witness, and attorney or a victim seemed odd to me. There are so many different players in the Sandusky scandal and the movie attempts to peripherally include some of them, while omitting others. Yet even those included are there solely for background noise. I'm not even sure why they case the female reporter in the movie since her involvement wasn't contemporaneous with Paterno's. But I guess every movie needs a young female heroine.

Acting was excellent, and I feel that that was Levinson's whole purpose for the movie. One last crack at some award for both he and Pacino. But I just didn't feel like I got anywhere. Even the ending seemed like a "oh crap we're out of material, let's throw something outrageous in at the end" moment. Thank goodness this was just an HBO movie and I didn't pay anything at the box office.


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