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Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 8 October 2004 (USA)
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Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

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Storyline

Odessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for: Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles, but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that "Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down", is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives. Written by Zac Abrams

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Hope comes alive on Friday nights See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for thematic issues, sexual content, language, some teen drinking and rough sports action | See all certifications »

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8 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Friday Night Lights - Touchdown am Freitag  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,269,025 (USA) (8 October 2004)

Gross:

$61,188,085 (USA) (24 December 2004)
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Trivia

Richard Linklater was attached to this project before 'Peter Berg' but it was scrapped due to budget difficulties. See more »

Goofs

In the scene before day one of preseason in Coach Gaines' office while he is watching film, they show the magnet depth chart behind him. Chris Comer is listed as second string directly behind Boobie Miles yet in the interview Comer claims he is third string. See more »

Quotes

Coach Gary Gaines: I've seen you fight. I've seen you not quit. Can you give me a great effort and just a little bit more. Can you be perfect?
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Referenced in Sex Drive (2008) See more »

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It's Tricky
Written by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell, Rick Rubin
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc.
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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26 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent movie that goes beyond football. The dynamics of high school players, the expectation of their parents and towns people, how some are treated as a "god", and so on. They did a good job of depicting this.

For many that have experienced playing in a "football community" this movie will hit home. It happens way too much and most never even make it to college to play.

It also got into the racial issues that are faced. Dallas Carter vs Odessa-Permian puts this into perspective. Many today will argue that the game was stolen from Odessa-Permian. The movie depicts Dallas Carter in a negative light - cheap shots, dirty players, etc. Dallas Carter has some good players on that team and Odessa-Permian was over matched in talent and ability. But they played with a lot of heart and per the movie came close to potentially winning.


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