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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?


The Mustangs logo resembles the running horse of the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders; the team that Dwayne Johnson previously played defensive tackle for in 1995. See more »


In their final game before the playoffs the announcer states the score is 17-14 and when they show the final score, it's 21-7 after Willie runs in his touchdown. See more »


[from trailer]
Sean Porter: Everybody listen up. The Gridiron is a football field. On the Gridiron, we do it my way, not your way. Your way got you here. Whatever gang you claim, whatever hood you're from, this is your hood now.
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Referenced in MADtv: Episode #12.1 (2006) 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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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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