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
Though portrayed as the antagonist of the film, the real Paul Higa was one of the biggest advocates of the program. See more »
In the Mustang's first game against the Panthers there is an interception in which the receiving Panther never changes direction and continues to run to the Mustang's end zone. The Panthers are still awarded the touch down as if there were no mistake made. See more »
I just saw Gridiron Gang at a screening. It was great! The beginning was very violent, depressing, and scary- to the point where my friend and I considered leaving. It got better, though, and the violent beginning actually did a good job of setting up the story of the rival gangs. It was very well-acted, especially by The Rock. I was surprised because this is the first movie I've seen him in that I actually enjoyed. There was a good balance between the football aspect of the movie and the story itself. It wasn't just a "football movie"- it was about how playing on the football team was able to change the kids' lives. The ending was really good.
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