North Dallas Forty ( 1979) North Dallas Forty. Gent tells an interesting story through his players both socially and on the football field. North Dallas Forty is an insiders view of professional football during the mid 1960’s. Hated the ending but it was a good read. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s. "I was in there," said Ralph Neely, a former Cowboy tackle, talking about the movie "North Dallas Forty," based on Pete Gent's 1973 novel about life in the NF of L. "I didn't bang my head on lockers. North Dallas Forty gives true picture of what football was like in 1970s During the coronavirus shutdown, each day we will bring you a recommendation from The Post’s Peter Botte for a … Gent tells an interesting story through his players both socially and on the football field. R | 1h 59min | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 3 August 1979 (USA) A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. "That story in 'North Dallas Forty' of being in a duck blind and getting sprayed by shot was a true story.