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|Written by||Barry Oringer (teleplay)|
Bill Svanoe (story)
|Directed by||Jerry Jameson|
|Music by||John Cacavas|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location(s)||Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans|
|Cinematography||Matthew F. Leonetti|
|Editor(s)||J. Terry Williams|
|Running time||97 minutes|
|Production company(s)||ABC Circle Films|
Superdome is a 1978 American made-for-television drama film produced by ABC Circle Films. It premiered on ABC as part of The ABC Monday Night Movie series and was used to promote Super Bowl XII. It featured a cast of stars but was ridiculed for its confusing and sensational plotlines, as well as for containing no football scenes. It was directed by Jerry Jameson and written by Barry Oringer from a story by Oringer and Bill Svanoe.
At the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, both teams' star quarterbacks are preoccupied. Dave Walecki is having marital difficulties, while Jim McCauley is involved in a shady deal with a management firm. Meanwhile, a national gambling syndicate attempts to find a way to stop the heavily favored Cougars from winning the game. All these plots are connected by a police chase of a killer who has attempted to evade law enforcement by ducking into the crowd.
- David Janssen as Mike Shelley
- Edie Adams as Joyce
- Clifton Davis as P.K. Jackson
- Peter Haskell as Doug Collins
- Ken Howard as Dave Walecki
- Susan Howard as Nancy Walecki
- Van Johnson as Chip Green
- Donna Mills as Lainie Wiley
- Tom Selleck as Jim McCauley
- Michael Pataki as Tony Sicota
- M. Emmet Walsh as Whitley
- Vonetta McGee as Sonny
- Bubba Smith as Moses Gordine
- Ed Nelson as George Beldridge
- Dick Butkus as Scott Hennerson
- Les Josephson
Mystery Science Theater 3000
The film was later used on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1989 on the KTMA season.
Home video releases
The film was released onto VHS under the names The Super Bowl Story and Countdown to the Super Bowl. It is available on DVD. It was also released on DVD in a set called Sam Elliot/Tom Selleck Collection with Blue River, Gone to Texas, and I Will Fight No More Forever.