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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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2.35 : 1
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Billy Bob Thornton and Lucas Black worked together on All The Pretty Horses (2000) 4 years earlier. Which was directed by Billy Bob Thornton. They also starred together in Sling Blade. See more »


The drums each high school's band used were what's called "free floating" drums. These keep the top head stretched over a separate metal hoop, away from the wood shell. They were designed when bands started using Kevlar drum heads which had to be stretched so tightly they were literally crushing the wood shells. These were not invented and used popularly until the mid-1990s. See more »


Sharon Gaines: How about Alaska? We could move to Alaska. I bet they're not as serious about their football in Alaska.
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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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