Considering how the Miami skyline is perpetually going under the knife as new towers ascend to the heavens, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at various movies filmed in the Magic City over the years to illustrate just how much has changed.
Any Given Sunday was released in 1999, before the start of Miami’s condo boom. Considering its fantastic rewatchability (at least in my mind), I thought Oliver Stone’s football flick starring Jamie Foxx, Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, and Dennis Quaid would be a fine starting point.
Some need-to-know background information if you haven’t watched the film:
The movie is based on a professional football franchise called the Miami Sharks, coached by Tony D’Amato (Pacino). While it’s clear the league is modeled after the NFL, the Sharks are part of the AFFFA (Associated Football Franchises of America) because they didn’t get the NFL’s permission to use logos, stadiums, etc.
Willie Beamen (Foxx) is the brash young quarterback who rises to stardom after longtime starter Jack Rooney (Quaid) gets injured. Christina Pagniacci (Diaz) is the team’s vicious owner as the franchise was handed down to her from her late father.
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