Reel Classics, ESPN Classic's weekly sports movie series, presents "North Dallas Forty" on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. Reel Classics 2001-02 lineup will feature approximately 40 films, including "The Hustler," in February, "Rollerball" in March and "Major League" in April. If you love sports and movies, then ESPN Classic is the place to be on Sunday nights. Here is our 2001 schedule:
"The Best of Times"
Robin Williams has never lived down dropping a game-winning pass in a high school football game. So, twenty years later he rounds up his former teammate (Kurt Russell,) the rival team and his entire hometown for a rematch. Written by Ron Shelton.
"White Men Can't Jump"
Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) and Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) take to the playground in writer/director Ron Shelton's portrayal of two hardcourt hustlers. Rosie Perez is a scene stealer as Hoyle's girlfriend, Gloria Clemente.
A hard-luck major league baseball scout (Albert Brooks) is sent to Mexico where he finds a powerhouse pitcher and hitter who has serious psychological problems. Also stars Brendan Fraser and Dianne Wiest, with appearances by several major league players and sportscasters.
"Knute Rockne, All American"
Biography of the famous Knute Rockne who, in his 12-year career at Notre Dame, lost only 12 games. The film features actual footage from some of his games. Starring Pat O'Brien, Gale Page and Ronald Reagan. O'Brien, who gives an award winning performance, delivers the famous locker room speech to his team where the famous line from Reagan's character is uttered: "Win one for the Gipper."
Paul Newman received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his part as "Fast" Eddie Felson, a drifter and pool hustler who challenges the legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). The interaction and duels between the two leave Felson searching for answers about winning and losing. Co-starring George C. Scott and Piper Laurie. Includes appearances by former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, who plays the bartender.
"Eight Men Out"
A well-known cast including Charlie Sheen, John Cusack, and NYPD Blue's Gordon Clapp, portray the 1919 Chicago White Sox, perhaps the most infamous team in baseball history. Eight members of the White Sox were accused of taking bribes to intentionally lose the World Series that year and though found innocent in a court of law, baseball Commissioner Landis sees otherwise. A true story based on the book by Eliot Asinof.
A futuristic movie that takes place in the 21st century, Rollerball is a sport that is dominated by violence, which is used to show the population that violence is futile. James Caan stars as Jonathan E., a champion Rollerball player who fights back against the corporate control, while at the same time, looking for his own personal freedom.
"Schaap: Flashing Before My Eyes"
In his autobiography, "Flashing Before My Eyes," renowned journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and storyteller extraordinaire Dick Schaap looks back at his colorful 50-year career, sharing tales of his most celebrated interview subjects from Muhammad Ali to Bill Clinton. ESPN Classic's presentation will feature several personalities who are mentioned in the book, such as Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Ali, Thomas Wolfe and Patti LuPone.
"The Paper Lion"
Starring Alan Alda as George Plimpton, the movie shows the ill-fated attempt by Plimpton to become an NFL quarterback and his interaction with his teammates and other football players. Lauren Hutton co-stars as do a number of football players, such as Alex Karras, Frank Gifford, Lem Barney and Vince Lombardi. Based on Plimpton's autobiography.
"The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh"
A losing basketball team tries astrology to get them on the winning track. Julius Erving stars as Moses Guthrie, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Meadowlark Lemon make appearances. Also starring Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters, Flip Wilson and Marv Albert.