In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful experience changes the lives of many young kids.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Based on a true story of a juvenile detention center football team that made it to the state championship. The team was followed by a film crew and the footage became a TV documentary in 1993. After it aired on TV the creators were swamped with big studio offers to make it into a feature film but for various reasons it took over twelve years to make it to the big screen as a feature. See more »
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the score is 17-14 and when they show the final score, it's 21-7 after Willie runs in his touchdown. See more »
Stop fighting amongst yourselves! Take it out on the enemy for Christ sakes.
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Scenes are shown from the 1992 documentary "Gridiron Gang" which inspired this film. See more »
(Synopsis) The movie is based on a true story of a juvenile detention camp probation officer Sean Porter (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson), who is frustrated by the 75% recidivism rate of the teenage felons that he is responsible for at Camp Kilpatrick. Sean Porter, a former college football star, comes up with an idea to form a football team. Porter believes that football will teach the teenage inmates what it takes to be responsible, teammates, and be winners for the first time, not losers. Porter and probation officer, Malcolm Moore (Xzibit) become the coaches, and they only have 4 weeks to get a team together before their first game. The juveniles must give up their gang rivalries on the gridiron to unite as a team.
(My Comment) You may think that this is just another football movie, but you would be wrong. This is one intense movie that gives you a realistic look into the lives and attitudes of teenage gang members, and their mindset that life means nothing to them when it comes to being disrespected by other gang members. Coach Porter was able to change their ways and give the young men a second chance, and they were better for it. You may be surprised that the Rock actually did a fine job of acting as Coach Porter. You must stay to the very end during the credits, because they show scenes from the documentary of the actual people. (Columbia Pictures, Run time 2:00, Rated PG-13)(8/10)
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