“My All American,” the movie depicting Former Longhorn Freddie Steinmark’s time on the 40 Acres, finally sees its release this weekend, and today Jane Sumner critiques the move for the Statesman.
Her overall review is a B+, and she calls it “a must-see for every member of the Longhorn nation.” Aaron Eckhart depicts legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal in the movie that has the 1969 football season as its backdrop. Other cameos in the movie include former Longhorn pitcher Juston Street playing his dad James Street and former quarterback Case McCoy in the role as an opposing Arkansas quarterback.
Sumner’s review includes these passages:
Her overall take on the movie:
“Just a thrilling, inspirational film about a legendary coach and a determined undersized player, whose grit on the field and valor in life fills hearts and lifts spirits.”
On the football action scenes in the movie:
“The squad of 45 college football veterans, including UT All-American and former pro Jordan Shipley as Cotton Speyrer, who practiced hitting for two weeks with high school coaches, deliver slam-bang gridiron action.”
On Aaron Eckhart as Royal:
“Former Longhorn and film football consultant Tom Campbell, whose father “Iron Mike” was defensive coach with Royal for 21 years, has high praise for Eckhart, who listened to Royal’s speeches downloaded on his iPhone. “He talks and walks like Royal and learned how to hold his hands and arms,” Campbell says.”
Her entire review can be read here.
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