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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?


Wells Root came up with the title for Lee Stanley when Lee told him about the project in 1991 and struggled with a title. 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: 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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Remake of Gridiron Gang (1993) 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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A very good, touching movie!
17 September 2006 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Well, who would have thought that a professional wrestler would become an actor... not just a star, but a real, true to life 'ACTOR'! Dwayne Johnson has done this and he's seamless with his portrayal of Sean Porter to the letter!

The end of the movie shows several scenes of a documentary where the real Sean Porter is saying the lines that Johnson was speaking in the movie. The Rock makes those lines seem like his own and I bought into every moment of it!

Some characters were from actual kids that were in the L.A. juvie detention center and others were obvious blended characters. Two of the main characters were adversaries at the beginning and they become close... very close friends. This scenario probably has happened in real life, but they are fictionalized blends of probably many. The producers even made the numbers on their jerseys the same, but opposite. One was 13, the other 31... in other words, we are the same, just the sequence is different. I don't know if anyone else caught that, but I found it effective.

Overall, a very good movie with solid acting and a good script with a good ending! I recommend it, but the language is rough. No sugar coating the violence either. Not for kids, not even if the parents are sitting right next to them!

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