D'Amato's (Pacino) team, the Miami Sharks, is struggling with
consecutive losses, sliding attendance and aging heroes. Off the field, D'Amato
is grappling with a failed marriage and estranged children, and is often on a
collision course with Christina Pagniacci (Diaz), the young
president/co-owner of the Sharks organization.
Unlike her late father, the original owner, Pagniacci maintains a
power hungry style of management. She knows that a losing team is a dying
business and she will sacrifice any loose ends to protect her investment. She is
outmatched when battling with D'Amato, but it is Pagniacci who is
in charge and so the decisions are ultimately hers.
When 39-year-old quarterback Jack "Cap" Rooney (Quaid)
gets injured, the Sharks turn to an up and coming quarterback, Willie Beamen
(Foxx) to take his place. Beamen has a shaky start, but soon
enough he stuns the players, fans and management with his plays. With Beamen's
higher level of performance in the spotlight, Rooney's future comes into
D'Amanto is stuck between Beamen, Pagniacci and Rooney
while at the same time trying to save the team from another failing season. D'Amato
begins to wonder if he's losing his edge.
||Clayton Townsend, Dan Halsted, Lauren Shuler Donner, Oliver Stone
||James Woods, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, LL Cool J, Al Pacino, Bill Bellamy, Matthew Modine
||John Logan, Oliver Stone