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Review: 'Harvard Beats Yale 29-29'

Dramatic football game is given fresh life in this documentary about Harvard's win from behind in 1968.

By Peter Rainer / March 7, 2009



The title for this terrific documentary by Kevin Rafferty comes from a "Harvard Crimson" headline following one of the most dramatic football games in collegiate history. With 42 seconds left to play, and Yale ahead 29-13, Harvard came from behind to even the score. (Both teams went into the game undefeated.) For the members of both squads, many of whom are interviewed, Nov. 23, 1968, is a day that lives on in their lives as an almost mystical event. The aura of shock-and-awe surrounding this game is laid on a bit thick, and sometimes you feel like you're just watching an ESPN special. Still, it's fun. The interviewees include Harvard's stone-cold-serious Tommy Lee Jones and Brian Dowling, Yale's wonder-boy quarterback who became the model for B.D. in classmate Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury." Grade: B+

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