Synopsis: The film centers on Joe Paterno, who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.
Genre: Biography, Sport
Director(s): Barry Levinson
Production: HBO Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


Children were molested here!

And it's directly connected

to the football program.

Man 2:

Joe Paterno did know

that Sandusky

- was abusing boys

in the shower.

- No, he did not!

Man 3:

I firmly believe,

in his mind,

he did what

he thought was right.

Man 4:

I think Joe Paterno's

getting thrown

under the bus here

a little bit.

Man 5:
He is not

the Attorney General,

he's the football coach.

Man 7:

He was the Godfather!

He was aware of what happened,

and allowed it to happen.


Joe! Where are you going?

I'm going to the john.

It's back here.

It's right across the hall

from where we just were.

Come on!

Oh, yeah.

I got turned around.

Yeah, it's just

right over here

across the hall.

( machine buzzing )

( clank )

( muffled cheering )

Penn State!

Penn State!

- ( crowd cheering )

- ( air horns blows )

( marching band playing )

Eight inches

of winter's wrath expected,

as Joe Paterno

seeks win number 409

to surpass all

Division I football coaches.

- Man:
Take one.

- Man 2:
Give me the stats

on Bolden and McGloin.

Go to mascot.

( cheering, chanting )

Joe Paterno

up in the booth again today.

That is certainly not

his preference.

Joe is coaching

from the press box today

due to a hip injury sustained

in practice

a couple weeks back.

( camera shutter clicks )

- Paterno:

- Mm-hmm?

- What's that?

Bobby, no shots of Joe

in the booth.


Look, look. Kay?

- Busted.

- N-Number 31, please.

- Give me the camera.

- Nope, nope. I'm deleting.


No pictures of JoePa.


As college football seems

to change more rapidly

than ever,

he remains the constant.

JoePa. Penn state.

At age 84, he is not

just still in the game,

in many ways, he is the game.

And with one more win,

another milestone.

And there's the kick!

Penn state offense

will take over

on its own 35-yard line.

Ready in blue?

McGloin out of the shotgun,

heaving long...


We asked Joe Paterno,

"How do you get that message

down to the sideline?"

He writes it down,

"If I call 41 power,

I better see 41 power."

All right. Split left,

drag 46 strong.

Watch if they sub.

Check their angle

if they do.

Catch 'em by surprise.


And the snow continues to fall.

Redd takes it on second down...

and they get another Penn State

first down at the 25.

Here at Penn State,

we've still got 0-0,

but the crowd could not

be more electric.

Everybody here is wondering

if JoePa can deliver

an historic 409th win

for the Nittany Lions.


And the tailback---

Bolden fumbles!

Illinois has got it.

- Sh*t.

- A straight fumble

by the sophomore...

Let's go, defense!

Get that motherf***er

out of this game right now!

Who the f*** was that?

They want Bolden

out of the game.

- You want him out?

- No.

Keep him in.

Give me a shot of Bolden

on the sidelines.


End of the first half,

exactly where we started:


Stupid mother--

- You goin' down?

- No.

By the time I get

down with this gimp,

halftime will be over.

Coach is stayin' up here.

Jay's comin' down.

( band playing )

Jay Is on the move--

without his dad.


Jay in the locker room?

That's insane.

- They hate him.

- The team?


he's a total doorknob.

Why do you think

Joe won't retire?

Oh, what? Like if they

wait long enough,

he'll turn

into head coach material?

You motherfuckers!

Hey, hey, listen to me!

You think you can get

on the headset and talk

to me like that?!

What are you guys,

a bunch of f***ing--

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Debora Cahn

Debora T. Cahn is an American television writer, most notable for her work on The West Wing. Following The West Wing's end, Cahn was hired as a producer for Grey's Anatomy. more…

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