View Full Version : I Want a 1970's Steelers Biopic, Dammit

Angus Burgher
11-05-2009, 11:17 AM
Okay, I know that, for whatever reason, football movies tend not to make a big splash, but I want them to take a crack at making a film about the 70's Steelers. In my humble opinion, that was the best team in NFL history with a very interesting story, and the fact that Hollywood has never taken a stab at that but instead just made a movie about 23-year-old Michael Oher is a little ridiculous.

I'm not trying to belittle Oher's story... I know that the man had a rough childhood to say the least. But seriously... a LOT of NFL players have had awful things happen to them in the past. Why Oher gets a movie made about him is a little puzzling to me. Of course, I hate the Ravens, so maybe it's just my bias coming out there.

But it is no matter. The fact is, the 70's Steelers were not only a great team, but were also an inspiration to the city of Pittsburgh, which was reeling due to the collapse of the steel industry. There's a powerful story there - one that rivals that of James Braddock during the Great Depression (the basis for the film Cinderella Man). Actually, I think it has a chance of being even more revered than that film, because people actually remember the 70's Steelers.

Anyone else share the same views on this? Me, I'm as much a movie fan as I am a Steeler fan... I'd love to see the two come together.

11-05-2009, 11:25 AM
Either that, or do another biopic about Bleier - and do it right this time. Big budget feature film this time around, not some made-for-TV lump of crap.

Angus Burgher
11-05-2009, 11:39 AM
Yeah, absolutely... TV movies tend to be awful. Although if they tried to do an HBO mini-series type thing like Band of Brothers, it might be okay.

But yeah, a big budget film is the best way to go. Who would you cast? All unknowns?

11-05-2009, 12:41 PM
There have been movies with decent sized budgets regarding football ... Rudy and Invincible (sucked and sucked ... IMO). I like the idea of a Blier moving. Not sure how you'd do a movie on the '70s Steelers. You'd have to find a main character, because movies with multiple characters without a focus usually flop. If you want to do a movie on the Steelers, why not make a movie about The Chief. Could you imagine a movie that shows the life and times of that great man? It would be so cool to see the niddy-gritty old days and how he managed this team. And for those that lived in Pittsburgh during the late '60s and '70s it would bring a tear to their eyes to show how the success of Rooney's team inspired a championship feeling in the community. It would have to be a nice 3 hour movie or, as someone already mentioned, an HBO series. I'd watch it. :popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

11-05-2009, 01:47 PM
Snoop-Dog as Stallworth and Samuel L. Jackson as Mean Joe Greene, Damon Wayans as Mel Blount.

Angus Burgher
11-05-2009, 03:18 PM
Yeah, finding a main character would be tough, but if you balance it out between several leads, I think it could work. Great sports movies like Major League managed to have a big main cast and they balance the roles out well. There are a lot of guys you'd have to focus on though... perhaps an HBO mini would be the best thing to do. There would be a LOT of people to focus on. Maybe not all of these guys have to be "main" characters but they should all receive some screentime:

Chuck Noll
Art Rooney
Terry Bradshaw
Mean Joe Greene
Franco Harris
Rocky Bleier
Joe Gilliam
Lynn Swann
John Stallworth
Jack Lambert
Dwight White
LC Greenwood
Ernie Holmes
Jack Ham
Andy Russell
Mike Wagner