In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the... See full summary »
James Van Der Beek,
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
In exterior shots of the Astrodome, digital editing was used to remove the four exterior pedestrian-ramp columns, which were added in 1989 to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. See more »
Toward the beginning of the movie, a Dodge Durango is seen parked on the street in Odessa. This movie is set in 1988; Dodge did not begin making the Durango until 1997. See more »
Yo, Billingsley, you don't have to ever worry about hanging on to the football, you know why?
Because you ain't never gonna get the ball. Your job is to be blocking for Boobie and I don't care if your dad is sitting over there crying.
You just never shut up, do you?
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This movie was phenomenal in every way. It had incredible performances under a great director with a fantastic story to back it up.
It tells the story of a high school football team in Texas through the course of their 1988 season. Billy Bob Thorton played the coach of the team and give the best performance I've ever seen him give. The film was directed by Peter Berg who gave it a unique film style. He managed to tell this story in a very beautiful way.
Tim McGraw gives a great debut performance of an ex-high school football player who has become the drunken abusive father of one of the players currently on the team. He was almost unrecodnizable in this role and he portrayed it well. He, and the rest of the cast for that matter deserve a lot of credit.
This is the only football film I have ever seen that has done justice to what it feels like to play football in high school. I played under Friday night lights myself, that time of my life ended just a year ago and it still holds fresh in my memory. And because of that I can tell you how accurately this film portray's the sense of brotherhood and friendship that is felt by every team, at least every good football team.
Whether you ever played under Friday night lights yourself or not anyone should be able to appreciate this film.
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