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Gridiron Gang (2006)

 -  Crime | Drama | Sport  -  15 September 2006 (USA)
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Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

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Sean Porter (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson)
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Bobbi Porter
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Paul Higa
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Ted Dexter
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Kelvin Owens (as David Thomas)
Setu Taase ...
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Leon Hayes (as Mo)
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Donald Madlock (as James Earl III)
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Kenny Bates
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Bug Wendal (as Brandon Mychal Smith)
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Danyelle Rollins (as Jurnee Smollett)
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Roger Weathers
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Jamal Evans
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Storyline

In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful experience changes the lives of many young kids. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One goal. A second chance.

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Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some startling scenes of violence, mature thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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15 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Gangue está em Campo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$186,205 (New Zealand) (13 October 2006)

Gross:

$38,432,823 (USA) (20 October 2006)
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Trivia

Though portrayed as the antagonist of the film, the real Paul Higa was one of the biggest advocates of the program. See more »

Goofs

Dexter and Coach are discussed Willie Weathers' being on the team, saying that they agreed that no killers would be on the team. However, earlier Kelvin Owens had said Junior (who was also on the team) thought he was the king of Samoa because he had killed a Mexican with a baseball bat. See more »

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Willie Weathers: Next touchdown I score, it's gonna be for ya mama.
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Written by Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell), Ronald Bell, George Funky Brown (as George Brown),
Eumir Deodato, Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens), Claydes Smith,
, J.T. Taylor (as James Taylor), Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) and Earl Toon (as Earl Toon,
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When A Strong Man Shows Them The Way
2 October 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Other than some bad language, I can't see why The Gridiron Gang rated a PG. It's a really nice inspirational story about a man with idea to slow down the rate of recidivism among juvenile offenders.

Based on the true story of Sean Porter, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson plays Porter a former college football star who thinks that if he can get some of the kids to organize as a football team in his ward of the Los Angeles Juvenile Detention Center it might keep them from going back to the gangs and returning to jail or winding up dead.

The Rock, trading in on the name and image that professional wrestling gave him, maybe for the first time is playing a normal human being albeit a former sports star. No superhero heroics for once in this film, just a man with an idea who inspires a bunch of kids to not think of themselves as losers.

Dwayne Johnson dominates the film just as he dominated the ring in his wrestling matches. He's got his own troubles as well, a mother who is dying well he's dealing with the problems of his juvenile charges. But he does persevere and he turns losers to winners.

It's a nice film about what can be accomplished when you believe in yourself.


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