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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
L.V. Miles
Mrs. Winchell
Kasey Stevens ...
Jennifer Gaines


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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Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Friday Night Lights - Touchdown am Freitag  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The book displays several instances of racism and use of racial slurs to black players. When the makers of the movie asked Permian HighSchool to use all of their facilities for authenticity the school agreed only on the terms that all racism from the book not be included in the film to avoid a negative image on the school and town. See more »


In the games against Abilene and Abilene Cooper, the scoreboard in Shotwell Stadium shows an ad for Ambassador Suites, however, in 1988 it was Embassy Suites. See more »


Coach Gary Gaines: [while Billingsly goes crazy after Chavez makes a big hit] I like enthusiasm, but my goodness!
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Referenced in 500 Questions: Episode #1.4 (2015) See more »


Arranged by Dr. Timothy B. Rhea
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A Film About Morons
25 August 2010 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

A film about morons - that's all there is to say. Every single character is stupid and self absorbed. There was not one person in that city who knew or cared about anything else except American football. That's stupidity at its best: "I'm stupid and proud of it." I have not found a single character to care about in this film. I felt a little sorry for the kids but those kids would grow up to be just like the adults in that town: stupid and proud of it. I would also like to say that some of the 'headlines' I saw or heard in this film are amazingly moronic and some actually dangerous: "Whatever it takes" "There's too much learning in school" - bad grammar too. "I've got straight A's... because football is everything" And the constant 'melody' of the film: "This is the only year of your life that matters". Really?!!! Why don't they just kill themselves after high school then?! I admit that I don't like American football at all. But I always enjoyed sports films and it never mattered what sport. There have been plenty of movies about American football that I enjoyed... for entertainment value, not for the sport. This is the first film about sports that I ever considered just taking the DVD out of the player and throw it away after 30 minutes. If you are an American who likes to have beer hanging out of his cap then you will definitely enjoy this movie. If you speak moronic you will also enjoy this film. If not stay away from it!!! 1/10

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