Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 | Chicago Reader

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

Documentary maker Kevin Rafferty revisits the legendary November 1968 football game between the Yale Bulldogs and the Harvard Crimson, interviewing 37 former players to record not only what transpired on the gridiron but the ideological tensions of the day as campus resistance to the Vietnam war reached a fever pitch. He doesn't have much visual material at his disposal—a handful of photos and a rigidly shot 16-millimeter color film of the game—but the players are such a rich and articulate cast of characters that the season leading up to the game and the game itself become an epic story. What emerges is an engrossing portrait of an Ivy League generation, one that included such now familiar faces as Tommy Lee Jones (an offensive tackle for Harvard), Meryl Streep (a Vassar student dating a Yale player), Al Gore, and George W. Bush.


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