Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

Directed by Kevin Rafferty
Year: 2008
Running Time: 105 minutes
Country: U.S.
Optional English Subtitles

Considered among the greatest instances of college football ever played, the Harvard-Yale game of 1968 is an iconic comeback story. Deemed “preposterously entertaining” by the New York Times, the film weaves recollections from players, including lineman Tommy Lee Jones and his Harvard roommate Al Gore, with nail-biting clips from the famed game itself. So much more than a football movie, Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 captures the spirit of the late 60’s and offers reflections on how events from our past continue to shape our lives today.

“WONDERFUL…
An irresistible human story and as fine a documentary
about football as “Hoop Dreams” was on basketball”
Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

“THRILLING…
Not just a great sports movie, HARVARD BEATS YALE captures a pivotal moment in our recent history.”
Steven Rea THE PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER

“AN EPIC STORY…”
J.R. Jones THE CHICAGO READER

“A GOLDEN MOMENT…
makes a movie lover feel the way a devoted reader does when dipping into a magnum opus.
Michael Sragow THE BALTIMORE SUN

"PREPOSTEROULY ENTERTAINING...
pulses with the artful exciting beats of a thriller"
Manohla Dargis NEW YORK TIMES

“**** CLOSE TO PERFECT…”
Rafferty’s look at the most (in)famous college football game ever is close to perfect. Folks who don’t have any inkling what an “I formation” is will still find themselves sucked into the film’s vortex.”
David Fear TIME OUT NEW YORK

“THE BEST FOOTBALL MOVIE I’VE EVER SEEN…
A particular day in history becomes a moment out of time.”
J Hoberman VILLAGE VOICE
   
“THE GREATEST FOOTBALL GAME YOU PROBABLY NEVER SAW ”   
Allen Barra THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 
A TOUCHING EXCITING FILM…Critic’s Pick
a look at the bittersweet nature of time and memory
Bilge Ebiri NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“A FACINATING FEAT OF CULTURAL ARCHEOLOGY”
Richard Brody THE NEW YORKER

 “A NAIL-BITING SPORTS STORY …
highlighted  by personal stories, famous faces
 and the backdrop of the tumultuous '60s.”
Rafer Guzman, NEWSDAY

“SO MUCH FUN … WITTY, FUNNY AND REFLECTIVE…
An extraordinary football game, played at a time when the country was a political powder keg.
John Anderson, VARIETY

“SUPREMELY WONDERFUL…
One of the most exciting pigskin encounters of all time.”
 Doris Toumarkine, FILM INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL


Cast
Vic Gatto
Brian Dowling
Tommy Lee Jones

Crew
Composed by Greg Smith
Directed by Kevin Rafferty