THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, October 5, 1968
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'Paper Lion:' Amateur in
By LLOYD GRAFF
Making a movie out of the
book "Paper Lion," by George
Plimpton, is as ludicrous as
turning "Blow Up" into a book.
Plimpton's sensitive report-
age snags the grunts and gaffs
of~ pro football training camp.
Stuart Millar's movie captures
mainly the gloss. Plimpton's wit
in the book turns his misadven-
tures as an imitation pro quar-
terback into marvelous literary
comedy. Unfortunately t h e
movie never rises beyond t h e
sight gag-feeble sportswriter
trampled by superb athletes.
For you foreign students (and
people who listen to the Metro-
politan Opera on Sunday after-
noons) "Papef Lion," (the
book) recounts the author's
participation in pre-season
training with the Detroit Lions
of the National Football League.
Plimpton, the editor of "T h e
Paris Review", one of those eso-
teric little magazines only 'rich
libraries stock, delights in chal-
lenging professional athletes in
their own realm.
In the, past ten years, at the
urging of his benefactor, Sports
Illustrated, Plimpton has pitch-
ed to baseball's All-Star hit-
ters, boxed three rounds with
Archie Moore, and played on
the professional golf tour with
The movie simply cannot.
compete with the book. In fact,
by the most objective criteria,
"Paper Lion," the movie, stinks.
It is the kind of amateurish
movie that George Plimpton
would make if Sports Illustrated
instructed him: "George, go to
Hollywood and make a movie of
"Paper Lion" and then write a
five part series for the magazine
on how you blew the whole
thing but had a ball learning
about film making."
The Detroit Lions play them-
selves. Joe Schmidt, the coach,
struggles through his. lines,
along with Roger Brown, P a t
Studstill, Mike Lucci, and Karl
Sweetan, John Gordy and Kar-
ras, land substantial speaking
parts and acquit themselves
with all the finesse of charging
It is hard to fault them,
though, because playing your-
self under the artificial stim-'
ulus of the camera is extremely
difficult even for a professional
Alan Alda plays the earnest
and resilient Plimpton. As a
professional actor among ama-
teurs, he is believable as
Plimpton. He crumples nicely
when tackled, chugs beer like
a champ, and converses with
Karras without breaking up.
Well, by now you've probably
decided to go to the Drive-In
tonight instead of "Paper Lion."
Maybe you shouldn't. I actually
enjoyed this terrible flick.
The dream of George Plimp-
ton - amateur - playing with
the pros is wonderfully tantali-
zing and infectious. I caught
the dream about one third
through the movie.
I felt the enormous j o y
Plimpton experienced when he
called the signals in his first
scrimmage, and the initial
handoff actually went smooth-
ly. Gradually gaining confi-
dence, Plimpton calls for a roll-
out on the next play and gains
12 yards. Then he retreats and
actually completes a pass to Pat
Studstill. It was almost gor-,
geous. And finally nearly ex-
ploding with hubris, Plimpton
elects to run up the middle,,
himself, surely a suicidal notion.
But, miraculously he passes
the line of scrimmage, fakes
left, slips behind a block, and
rambles for a toucldown as the,
tacklers crumble before him.
Then, utter dejection when he
'learns from the players' snick-
ers that the entire series was a
The climax of the film comes
"when Detroit plays St. Louis in
an exhibition game. Plimpton
gets into the game with two
minutes remaining, the Lions
ahead by two touchdowns. The
plays he is supposed to call were
written on his wrist, before theI
game, but after he enters the
action he discovers the plays
have rubbed off.
After momentary panic hej
regains his cool and loses 21
yards in two plays. On the last
play of the game Plimpton calls
He fades back, searches for
receivers, and fades more and
more. Finally, in total contriv-
ance he runs into the goal-I
post, knocking himself cold. A
silly ending, but I laughed.
It was refreshing for the same
reason Plimpton the man is
refreshing - amateurism. Even
in the movies amateurism is
West Quad envisions
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because Cormican is an "equal,"
students seem to be motivated
to do their best possible work
for him and to attend, class
U3,5, 7, 9 P.M.
* *** HIGHEST RATING!
"AN ARTISTICT ACHIEVEMENT!"
is the best written, most seriousy icted American movie in
professors and are considering
Other houses are working to ex-
pand the primarily social role of
the resident advisors to include
academic activities such as course
In fact, although the course was> Although residents of West"
initially restricted to 12 for sem- Quad appreciate three new pro-
inar purposes, it often attracts jects of the Housing Office (a
more, and while The Harrad Ex-~ 40-page listing of professors will-
periment was being discussed, it ing to speak on specific subjects
frequently ran overtime. in the dorms: a policy of free
Another English instructor, Prof. meals for any student's faculty
Bert Hornback of the English de- guest; and a program for enter-
partment, was a well-received taining members of visiting dance
guest at West Quad this semester. and musical companies), they re-
Last month Hornback spent a gard these and other existing pro-
week in Michigan House and de- jects as too sporadic.
cided it was so enjoyable he would What they really want is a per-
like to return. manent structure through which
While. there, he conducted in- dormitory and intellectual life can
fomral discussions on such un- unite-something which will con-
likely topics as James Baldwin, tinue as a tradition after individ-
"The Graduate," Sunmerhill, and ual residents leave.
Portrait of the Artist. The last "After all," explains one resi-
night he threw a farewell open dent advisor. "our ideas come from
house at his home for his hall- English Professor Carl Litzenberg's
mates whom he hopes to see reg- 1930 Michigan House Plan'-a
ularly, plan modeled after the old Har-
Inspired by the success of Horn- vard residence hall program. Why
back and Cormican, Michigan should we single out that as the
House residents have extended in- one tradition the University of
vitations to two more interested Michigan doesn't revere?",
a long time."
is a double-barreled triumph! Joanne Woodward is extraord-
mary-and Paul Newman's direction is excellent."
-David Goldman, WCBS Radio
is a film of beauty and delicacy. Joanne Woodward must win
an Academ yAward nomination for her superlative per-
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