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Friday Night Lights (2004)

 -  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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Hope comes alive on Friday nights See more »

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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)

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

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$61,188,085 (USA) (24 December 2004)
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To gather research, producers visited real high school football games in Texas during the fall of 2003. See more »

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After the final game, when Gaines is removing the seniors' names from the board and dropping them in a desk drawer, Christian's name tag can be seen already in the drawer. In the next shot, Christian's name is the one removed. See more »

Quotes

Coach Gary Gaines: So how is it out there?
Ivory Christian: They're fast, they're big, they're dirty... plus they're fast.
Coach Gary Gaines: You said that already.
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Featured in HBO First Look: Friday Night Lights (2004) See more »

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Sonho Dourado
Written by Daniel Lanois
Performed by Daniel Lanois
Courtesy of 422190 Ontario Inc.
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Why the changes?
16 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

As one who thoroughly enjoyed Bissinger's book, I found myself shaking my head during the movie over the deviations from the book. There are many of them and some reviewers have already done an excellent job of pointing them out, so I feel no need to repeat them. This is not a movie altering fiction, this is a movie changing facts and events that really did happen. None of my three movie companions had read the book and they all enjoyed the movie more than I, who wondered how these changes were making the story better. In case anyone is confused, the author was following the team during this season, he did not simply choose afterword to write about that season. Bissinger wrote a great book, but was extremely fortunate that the season he chose to follow the team turned out to be one full of interesting twists. I hope everyone enjoys the movie, and if you did, I strongly encourage you to read the book!


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