Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Invincible (2006 Movie)

Disney’s “Invincible” is a sports drama film released in 2006. The movie was inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from Philadelphia who defied the odds to become a professional football player.

In the film, Vince Papale, portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, is a struggling substitute teacher and part-time bartender who is dealing with personal and financial hardships. The Philadelphia Eagles, a struggling NFL team, hold open tryouts for local players to join the team as walk-on players.

Against all odds, Vince decides to give it a shot and attends the tryouts. Despite his lack of experience and his age, he impresses the Eagles’ coaching staff with his determination, athleticism, and unwavering commitment to succeed.

As a result, Vince is offered a spot on the team, becoming the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL. His story of perseverance and determination resonates with the team and fans, and he becomes a symbol of hope and inspiration for the city of Philadelphia.

Throughout the film, Vince faces numerous challenges, both on and off the field, as he adjusts to the demands of professional football and deals with personal issues. With the support of his family, friends, and coach Dick Vermeil, played by Greg Kinnear, he overcomes obstacles and earns the respect of his teammates and fans.

“Invincible” celebrates the power of the human spirit and the belief that anyone can achieve greatness with hard work and dedication. It highlights the importance of chasing one’s dreams, no matter how improbable they may seem, and the value of never giving up on oneself.

The film received positive reviews for its heartfelt story, strong performances, and uplifting message. It also captures the excitement and passion of football and the sense of community that sports can bring.

Overall, “Invincible” is an inspiring and feel-good film that appeals to sports enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates stories of triumph over adversity. It showcases the power of perseverance, the spirit of determination, and the realization of dreams, making it a memorable addition to Disney’s repertoire of inspirational sports dramas.


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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $58.5 million
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  • Mark Wahlberg: Vince Papale
  • Greg Kinnear: Dick Vermeil
  • Elizabeth Banks: Janet Cantrell
  • Kevin Conway: Frank Papale
  • Michael Rispoli: Max Cantrell
  • Kirk Acevedo: Tommy
  • Dov Davidoff: Johnny
  • Michael Kelly: Pete
  • Sal Darigo: Mick
  • Nicoye Banks: TJ Banks
  • Turron Kofi Alleyne: Ronnie Sampson
  • Cosmo DeMatteo: Dean German
  • Stink Fisher: Dennis “Denny” Franks
  • Michael Mulheren: AC Craney
  • Michael Nouri: Leonard Tose
  • Jack Kehler: Wade Chambers
  • Lola Glaudini: Sharon Papale
  • Paige Turco: Carol Vermeil
  • Anthony Masucci: Josh Barnes
  • Mike Kerley: Tom Landry
  • Randy Couture: “Toruci” Player #1


  • Directors: Ericson Core
  • Producer: Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi
  • Music: Mark Isham

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