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Gridiron Gang (2006)

PG-13 | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Porter (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson)
Bobbi Porter
Paul Higa
Ted Dexter
Kelvin Owens (as David Thomas)
Setu Taase ...
Leon Hayes (as Mo)
Donald Madlock (as James Earl III)
Kenny Bates
Bug Wendal
Danyelle Rollins (as Jurnee Smollett)
Roger Weathers
Jamal Evans


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One goal. A second chance.


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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Release Date:

15 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Gangue está em Campo  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,414,630 (USA) (15 September 2006)


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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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During a practice scene, Dwayne Johnson can be seen paying tribute to his college career by wearing the number 94, the same number he wore during his time with the Miami Hurricanes. See more »


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Sean Porter: Most sixteen/seventeen year old kids, they make a bad choice. Something gets broken, they screw up in class, hurt somebody's feelings, show up at the prom drunk. They get sent to the Principal office, have their car keys taken away or get grounded. Then there's kids that make a bad choice, somebody ends up shot dead in a parking lot. Those kids get sent here.
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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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