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
The state trooper who pulls up next to Chavez and Billingsley outside of the 7-11 is driving a special police package Ford Mustang that was made from the early 1980s to 1993, and Texas DPS did indeed use these cars at the time. See more »
At the first football game (against Marshall), the logo on the bass drum in the marching band is from the 2004 Rose Parade - you can make out the date and city on the bottom of the drum. See more »
Coach Gary Gaines:
I want you to take a moment, and I want you to look each other in the eyes. I want you to put each other in your hearts forever because forever is about to happen here in just a few minutes. I want you to close your eyes, and I want you to think about Boobie Miles, who is your brother. And he would die to be out there in that field with you tonight. And I want you to put that in your hearts. Boys my heart is full. My heart is full.
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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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