Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could crush the player's dreams. Written by
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In the scene in which Ampipe's team bus is pulling into Walnut Heights for the big game, Johnstown's Vo-Tech School in Richland Township, was used as the Walnut Heights School, which is actually about five miles away from where the game was played (the Point Stadium in downtown Johnstown). See more »
When Stefan signs the contract to play football for Cal Poly in exchange for a full scholarship, Vern Nickerson's name is the only name on the contract and Stefan signs the Notary Public line, with no Notary Public in sight. The "County" on the contract is a correct Pennsylvania county (Cambria) but the contract also says "State of California" when they are obviously in Pennsylvania. See more »
I would have to say that this is one of the better movies realisticly portraying small town high school football to ever have been made. Tom Cruise gives a wonderful performance indicative of his future superstardom and even though Craig T. Nelson seems to be typecast as a coach, he plays the role to perfection. The scene of the big game against neighboring rival Walnuts Heights was shot so masterfully, you felt like you were on the 50 yard line. You could just feel the tension in the locker room before kickoff. Even though this film came out when I was 11 years old, I remember in high school our whole football team would gather at the coach's house the night before a game and watch this movie. I don't think that there has ever been a movie since that has come along that portrays high school football, its significance to Small Town USA and the young men who portray the roles of "Friday Night Gods" with such gritty realism as this film.
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