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The Slaughter Rule (2002)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  11 January 2002 (USA)
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A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.

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Gideon 'Gid' Ferguson
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Skyla Sisco
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Floyd aka Studebaker
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Tracy Two Dogs
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Evangeline Chutney
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Ken White ...
Russ Colfax
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Waylon Walks Along
Kim DeLong ...
Lem Axelrod
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Gretchen Two Dogs
Douglas Seybern ...
Uncle Peyton
Cody Harvey ...
Coach Motlow
Melkon Andonian ...
Devo
J.P. Gabriel ...
Jute
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Storyline

Roy gets cut from his high school football team just days after his estranged father dies. For him, football is more than a proving ground; it is a promised escape from his lonely rural existence and salvation from the paralyzing passivity that dominates his life. Enter Gideon, a loner living on the roughneck fringe who is looking for gamers--kids who scrap hard--to play on his six-man football squad. Roy joins the Renegades, and he and Gideon enter into tenuous friendship that pushes the limits of male bonding. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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11 January 2002 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,461 (USA) (10 January 2003)

Gross:

$13,134 (USA) (28 March 2003)
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Trivia

Some of the songs referenced by Gid and/or Floyd throughout the movie include
  • "Ragged But Right" by Riley Puckett 1934
  • "Nothing But Trouble" by Lonnie Johnson 1929
  • "Cash On The Barrelhead" by The Louvin Brothers 1954
  • "Rank Stranger" by Albert E. Brumley 1954
  • "Will Jesus Wash The Bloodstains From Your Hands?" by Hazel Dickens 1964
  • "Straighten Up And Fly Right" by The Nat King Cole Trio 1949
  • "Wayfaring Pilgrim" by Almeda Riddle 1932
Gid also references "Drifting Too Far From The Shore" and "Going Back To Jericho" during the ice fishing scene but he doesn't state an artist or year. There is a deleted scene in which Floyd references "I Ain't Drunk, I Am Just Drinkng" by Jimmy Liggins but Gid interrupts him before he can state the year. See more »

Quotes

Roy Chutney: My father told me if I was hard enough, I wouldn't break. He lied. Everything breaks.
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Connections

Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Yakut Song
Performed by Lioudmila Khandi
Courtesy of Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment (France) S.A.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A very good film
27 January 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a great movie. The script and the cast are very strong. I personally think a sign of a good movie is that it takes me somewhere I've never been, shows me characters I've never seen before, in situations I don't ever expect to be in, and lets me totally understand what they are experiencing. Regarding the comment from RitchCS in Ft. Lauderdale that the film is only showing on the Sundance Channel, it is playing this week in Chicago at Facets Multimedia so it may in other "art house" theaters around the country. Catch it if you can!


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