HBO’s ‘Paterno’ trailer: How much did Penn State coach know? (video)

HBO has released a full-length trailer for the upcoming film “Paterno,” starring Al Pacino as the embattled Penn State football coach.

Directed by Barry Levinson, “Paterno” centers on Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal as he faced pressure from all sides to resign and serious questions about how much he knew.

“I raised millions of dollars for this university, I have a staff and a squad that can win a national championship,” Pacino taunts in the trailer. “You wanna fire me? Try it.”

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Though a national championship eluded him, Joe Paterno was a clear-cut choice of his colleagues in the American Football Coaches Association. as Kodak Coach-of-the-Year in the University Division. In 13 seasons at Penn State, he has compiled a 123-25-1 record, giving him an .825 winning percentage, tops among major college coaches with 10 or more seasons as head coach. Paterno is shown holding plaque that he received from William D. Murray.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - CIRCA 1980's: Head Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions NCAA football team in this portrait circa early 1980's at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Paterno has been the head coach of the Penn State Nitany Lions from 1966-present. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Joe Paterno, May 23, at a midtown restaurant where he discussed 1967 prospects with other coaches.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - CIRCA 1980's: Head Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions NCAA football team in this portrait circa early 1980's at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Paterno has been the head coach of the Penn State Nitany Lions from 1966-present. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - CIRCA 1980's: Head Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions in the portrait with his arms folded is watching his team in pre-game warm-ups circa early 1980's before an NCAA football game at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Paterno has been the head coach of the Penn State Nitany Lions from 1966-present. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - CIRCA 1970's: Head Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks the sidelines circa mid 1970's before an NCAA football game at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Paterno has been the head coach of the Penn State Nitany Lions from 1966-present. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Penn State coach Joe Paterno applauds his team after a touchdown by the Nittany Lions during first half of seventh annual Fiesta Bowl against Arizona State. Penn State won, 42-30.
USA - CIRCA 1970s: Joe Paterno of Penn State University looks on circa 1970s. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on against the Iowa Hawkeyes in State College, Pennsylvania on September 28, 2002. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
Penn State coach Joe Paterno against Illinois on Sept. 29, 2007, in Champaign, IL. Illinois won 27-20. (Photo by Paul Nisely/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, left, is seen with Kentucky head coach Hal Mumme after the 1999 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on January 1, 1999. After more than four decades at Penn State, Paterno was fired by the university after a scandal involving a former assistant coach. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE - DECEMBER 11: Joe Paterno and LaVar Arrington of the Penn State Nittany Lions poses for a photo on December 11, 1998. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on against the Iowa Hawkeyes in State College, Pennsylvania on September 28, 2002. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
Sep 24, 2005; Evanston, IL, USA; Penn State head coach, Joe Paterno against the Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Sept. 24, 2005. Penn State won 34-29. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Penn State coach Joe Paterno watches the action against Pittsburgh during a Sept. 6, 1997 game at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa. (Photo by Ed Nessen/Sporting News via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions addresses the media after their defeat against the USC Trojans at the 95th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi on January 1, 2009 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Penn State coach Joe Paterno smiles. The Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Michigan Wolverines 46-17 at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno prior to the start of the Nittany Lions' game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. Paterno left the game in the third quarter after being hit on the sideline. The Badgers beat the Nittany Lions 13-3. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
09 SEP 2006: Penn State head coach Joe Paterno during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 41-17 victory over the Penn State Nitany Lions at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 09: Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno watches his team during practice on November 9, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno is surrounded by the media while leaving the team's football building on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse, Paterno's weekly news conference was canceled about an hour before it was scheduled to occur. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse and Larry Mitchell also star in the film, which will premiere on HBO on Saturday, April 7.

Levinson, Jason Sosnoff, Tom Fontana, Edward R. Pressman, Rick Nicita and Lindsay Sloane executive produce. Amy Herman serves as producer on the movie from HBO Films in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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