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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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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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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)  »

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Friday Night Lights - Touchdown am Freitag  »

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$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

Garrett Hedlund gained an about additional 20 lbs for this movie on top of the 30 lbs that he had gained for Troy (2004). He was up to 200 lbs when he'd usually been 155. See more »

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When Boobie Miles is having his MRI explained to him, he angrily grabs it off the display. But it's back on there a few seconds later, and then it's gone yet again. See more »

Quotes

Brian Chavez: We will win State.
Don Billingsley: Chavez, you're like a human pi"ata. You get your ass all beat more than anybody I know, and you just sit there and spit out candy.
Mike Winchell: That's because he's out of here. He's got the grades. And no matter what we win or loose he knows he's getting out. He's got one foot out the door, man.
Brian Chavez: Give me the gun.
Don Billingsley: [making fun of Chavez] You're going to be drinking martinis, eating lamb chops, getting manicures...
Brian Chavez: You're just jealous.
Don Billingsley: ...removing your freakin' shoes.
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Referenced in My Babysitter's a Vampire: Friday Night Frights (2011) See more »

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Your Hand in Mine
Written by Christopher Hrasky, Munaf Rayani, Mark Thomas Smith, Michael Aaron James
Performed by Explosions in the Sky
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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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