BUFFALO, N.Y. — Despite four consecutive trips to the Super Bowl, the Buffalo Bills failed to bring back a Lombardi Trophy. The makers of the film “Almost a Dynasty” didn’t want to dwell on that fact.
“They thought we were a little somber about that time and we didn’t enjoy it and rejoice, you know, after those four years. Looking back on it 20 years later, you know, we've really embraced those four years," said Philip Gangi, producer.
“As the movie evolved, it became much more about the Buffalo community, not just the movie itself," said Steve Butler, producer.
Some familiar faces were in the crowd at Friday’s premiere at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center.
"There are diehard Bills fans and they follow us whether we win or lose and and that's the special thing about it, this movie really captures that feeling," said Steve Christie, former Bills kicker.
Fans were excited even before they got in the theater.
"I’ve been a season ticket holder since I was nine years old so getting back and seeing kind of that era will be good," said Chad Smith, North Tonawanda.
The film includes commentary from Chris Berman, Marv Levy and Jim Kelly.
One scene shows the response players received in Niagara Square when they returned to the Queen City after Super Bowl XXV. Tim Carson remembers that moment fondly.
"All the people there. It was just a great day and to see everybody there to thank the Bills for their first time there. I love it," said Carson, of Buffalo.
"A ton of different viewpoints and quite a comical movie. I mean I laughed out loud at least six, seven times, and it was all real people saying real quotes. You know it was typical Buffalo lore," said Mike Dugan, Buffalo.
Filmmakers and fans hope it will be uplifting, especially going into Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.
"We’re looking at this film as kind of a way to just be part of what we're hoping to be not only a revival in Buffalo, which is happening, but a revival for the franchise," said Peter Tasca, producer.
"You know, you might not be great, now but your turn will come around again," said Nate Lockhart, Buffalo.
The film’s producers say they've received a lot of interest in the film and plan to have more premieres in other New York cities and maybe even nationally.