Al Pacino is Coach Joe Paterno in Full Trailer for HBO's 'Paterno' Film
"You want to fire me? Try it." HBO has released an official trailer for the real-world film Paterno, telling the story of football coach Joe Paterno, played by Al Pacino. While this will be airing directly on HBO, it is still a feature film, and it is the latest feature made by talented filmmaker Barry Levinson (who last made The Wizard of Lies also for HBO). Paterno centers on Penn State's Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, his legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions of institutional failure. The full cast includes Riley Keough, Annie Parisse, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Peter Jacobson, Tess Frazer, Faith Logan, Darren Goldstein, Midori Francis, and Benjamin Cook. Pacino looks fully deep into this role, should be good.
Here's the official trailer (+ teaser) for Barry Levinson's Paterno movie, direct from HBO's YouTube:
For more information on Levinson's Paterno and the release of the film, visit HBO's official website here.
Paterno centers on Penn State's Joe Paterno (played by Al Pacino) in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Paterno's legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions of institutional failure in regard to the victims. Paterno is directed by veteran American filmmaker Barry Levinson, of The Natural, Rain Man, Toys, Sleepers, Wag the Dog, Sphere, Bandits, Man of the Year, The Bay, The Humbling, Rock the Kasbah, and The Wizard of Lies previously. The screenplay is written by David McKenna, with Debora Cahn and John C. Richards. This hasn't played at any film festivals. HBO will debut Paterno exclusively on April 7th this spring. Interested?
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
I was working at the university during that time. It feels like yesterday. Looks like they've captured the atmosphere of that community well, and Pacino is giving his A-game.
WatchaMovie_CallmeintheMorning on Feb 24, 2018
Americans don't seem to care much about the social justice, but are very sensitive to sexual abuse. To paraphrase one famous sentence, if you don't talk about one of those, have decency and keep quiet about the other one. But we don't live in a world of decent people. As for Pacino, he seems to be good here. He might be the only thing worthy of attention here ...
shiboleth on Feb 24, 2018
I'm afraid I'm just not interested. This whole incident(s) just pissed me off so badly. I'm not sure I want to hear what the film maker has to say here nor do I want to sit through 90 minutes of Joe Paterno. He doesn't deserve any more attention, good or bad.
Doug on Feb 25, 2018
Siding with rapey folks, especially child rapists and their enablers is just another symptom of a sick society.
Carpola on Feb 26, 2018
Al Pacino is the undisputed KING of HBO films. This looks very well done.
DAVIDPD on Feb 26, 2018
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