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Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 8 October 2004 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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Box Office

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,269,025, 10 October 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,188,085, 26 December 2004
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Trivia

Alan J. Pakula was originally set to direct this film before his death. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie when the college scouts are looking at Boobie. They are all wearing the current revised logos of their respective universities. In 1988, the University of Miami's logo was not that same as it is now. See more »

Quotes

Boobie Miles: Where's your girlfriend at, Water Bug?
Chris Comer: What?
Boobie Miles: You mean to say you have no girlfriend, Water Bug?
Permian Assistant Coach: 5 minutes, boys.
Boobie Miles: You want to know why you have no girlfriend, Water Bug?
Chris Comer: Why?
Boobie Miles: You got the wrong shoes, man!
[Comer looks at him confused]
Boobie Miles: You got on white Adidas! Dude, everyone knows that the shoes to wear is Nikes!
[Boobie pronounces them as Niks]
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Soundtracks

Nothin' but a Good Time
Written by Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall
Performed by Poison
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Rack Focus is out of bounds
6 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

The reason Varsity Blues is so much like Friday Night Lights is b/c VB is a fictional story which was written 10 years after the true story of FNL took place in Odessa, TX in 1988.

The game faces worn by the players in FNL are genuine. The "Religion" of High School Football gave them no other choice. H.G. Bissinger spent almost an entire year with his family in 1988 in Odessa, TX. He essentially became a part of the community and team in documenting and then writing his book Friday Night Lights. He said that due to depressed economic conditions, lack of higher education, and good paying jobs, the communities in West Texas looked upon the high school football programs as saviors from reality.


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