Paterno Teaser Trailer Starring Al Pacino


Al Pacino may no longer be seeing the same kinds of opportunities as an actor that he once did, but over the past decade or so it is a pair of HBO movies that have featured some of his most noteworthy performances. After portraying Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector on screen, this year Pacino is reteaming with You Don’t Know Jack director Barry Levinson for a drama centering on Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Recognized as the most successful coach in NCAA history, his legacy was called into question after he was fired in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The movie takes place primarily over that two week period and it attempts to keep a balanced view, leaving Paterno’s culpability for the viewer to decide. Paterno co-stars Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Larry Mitchell and Annie Parisse and it is expected to premiere on HBO this spring. Check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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  • Lori Cerny

    Lived in State College, PA for nine years and EVERYTHING ANYBODY in the whole town did was all about the Nittany Lions and Papa Joe. Seemed almost cult-like.

    Don’t see how this can be truly balanced, but Pacino looks fantastic in that one second of film. Oh, and Grunberg!!!

  • Jake

    I am not sure why they are tiptoeing around Paterno’s guilt in this. He was made aware of everything years before Sandusky was arrested. It’s in the police report. There really isn’t a question.

  • Anthony

    “it attempts to keep a balanced view, leaving Paterno’s culpability for the viewer to decide.”

    Pretty sure at this point there is no question about Paterno’s culpability.

  • Sean

    I may be misinterpreting the approach, but here is a quote from Levinson:

    “I’m not following an agenda or trying to tell the audience to take a certain side in regards to Coach Paterno. The film lays out the elements of the story and leaves you to make your own judgment. There are times when you may feel one way, and times when you may feel a totally different way, and I think that’s what makes the piece so compelling.”

  • Anthony

    Right, that’s the issue i’m having: taking an event where the conclusion is fairly established (Paterno being aware of Sandusky’s actions and being complicit in letting the behaviour continue) and presenting it with a sense of false neutrality as if it’s still up in the air.