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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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Did You Know?


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


When the Mustangs are going to their first game Jamal Evans is seen wearing a long sleeve shirt and ask Coach for a Mustang shirt and Coach explains to him that they will try to find him a shirt. However, when we see Jamal Evans again he is wearing a Mustang shirt See more »


Sean Porter: [to the team] You don't know how to spell 'Mustang'? You have GOT to be SHITTIN' me!
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Referenced in My Trip Back to the Dark Side (2014) See more »


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,
, Jr.)
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One great film for 2006.
1 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I mean this film outshines Invincible,which is of course is another true story. This film proves to be gritty and real as it gets. Dwayne(The Rock)Johnson gives a terrific performance, he proves to be an awesome actor, and not just an action film star. The film takes place at a juvenile detention center run by Sean Porter(Dwayne Johnson) who feels he is not making a difference with the young hoodlums who come in and out. In hopes to keep them in line, he makes them into a football team, so that most of these young hoodlums that hate each other, will become a team and stand together as one. At times this is not an easy movie to watch, but it is reality, you fell the frustration of these young men. The young cast do well also. I shore hope Dwayne Johnson will get nominated for an Oscar.

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