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Promotional poster for Invincible
Directed by Ericson Core
Produced by Gordon Gray
Mark Ciardi
Written by Brad Gann
Starring Mark Wahlberg
Greg Kinnear
Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) August 25, 2006 (USA)
Running time 104 Min.
Country United States
Language English

Invincible is a 2006 family film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. It is based on the true story of Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976-78. Mark Wahlberg portrays Papale and Greg Kinnear plays Dick Vermeil, Papale's coach. The movie was released in the US on August 25, 2006.



To spice things up for his organization, newly-hired Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil decides to hold open tryouts in 1976 for a spot on the pro football team's roster. Vince Papale is a 30-year-old bartender who has just lost his part-time teaching job. He had gone to Saint Joseph's University on a track scholarship. Disgusted with his professional failure, his wife abruptly leaves him, taking all of their furniture with her and leaving a note saying that he never will be anything in the world.

With the support of all his friends from the neighborhood, Papale (Mark Wahlberg), goes out for an open tryout practice; catching the attention of coach Vermeil, he is invited to come along to training camp. Papale eventually makes the team, and after a dismal display in the opening game of the season, in the second regular season game versus the New York Giants, he recovers a fumble and returns it for a touchdown, which leads to Vermeil's first victory with the Eagles.


Differences from the true story

As opposed to the film, Papale in reality had been playing semiprofessional football for several years, first with the Aston Green Knights of the Seaboard Football League and later with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League. Furthermore, the Eagles never held an open tryout-- the tryout Papale actually participated in was in fact by invitation only.


The preseason/tryout scenes were filmed at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Central High School Lancers field during the July/August months of 2005. (For 13 seasons, 1958-70, Franklin Field was the home field of the Eagles.) The crew used their locker room and field. The Lancers, who had a preseason, had to use Fairmount Park in West Philadelphia. The carnival scenes were filmed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in South Philadelphia at 2329 South Third Street. Some of the street scenes were filmed on location in the city. The remainder of the film was filmed in a former aircraft carrier parts warehouse on Langley Avenue in the Philadelphia Naval Business Center. The crew shared this facility with the floats for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Box office

  • In opening weekend the movie made approximately $17,031,122 domestically.
  • As of November 16, 2006, the movie has generated an estimated $57,806,952 domestically.

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