Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Kevin Rafferty • 1h 44m
Directed by Kevin Rafferty • Documentary • With Vic Gatto, Brian Dowling , Tommy Lee Jones
• 2008 • 105 minutes
An incredible true story that unfolds like "a ripping good yarn... with an uproarious, impossible Hollywood ending" (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com), Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is filmmaker Kevin Rafferty's (The Atomic Cafe) acclaimed documentary depicting one of the most legendary games in the history of sports.
Harvard Stadium — November 23, 1968. With Vietnam raging, Harvard and Yale, both teams undefeated for the first time since 1909, meet for the annual climax of the Ivy League football season. Together, Yale and Harvard stage an unforgettable football contest that baffled even their own coaches. Using vintage game footage and bracingly honest contemporary interviews with the players from both sides, including Harvard lineman and future Oscar® winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men), Rafferty crafts an alternately suspenseful, hilarious, and poignant portrait of American lives, American sports, and American ideals both tested on the playing field and transformed by turbulent times.
"Preposterously entertaining... pulses with the artful, exciting beats of a thriller." —The New York Times