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Home of the Giants (2007)

 -  Crime | Drama | Sport  -  2009 (USA)
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Gar is a high school journalist who covers the basketball team as it heads toward a state championship; when his best friend Matt, the team's star, is asked by a drug dealer to throw the big game, Gar inevitably gets caught in the middle.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Robert "Gar" Gartland
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Matt Dunbar
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Police Officer
Robert Garlati ...
Angry Fan
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Coach Gordon
Matt Dubuque ...
Giants Assistant Coach
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Brad Gimble
Vince Nora ...
Dave Traylor
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Bridgette 'Bridge' Bachman
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Dr. Gartland
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Richard Morrison
John Parker ...
Bunchy Collins
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Mr. Dansforth
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Ms. Monar
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A story about basketball and befriending. Gar is a High School journalist who, while covering the team to the state championship, is best friends with the teams' main "Star" Matt Dunbar. Matt's older brother persuades him to steal money from a drug dealers' home. Gar tags along, but soon things go horribly wrong. One question to ask is "Will the Giants win the big game? " Written by redqueen89

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The Choices In Life Are The Ones We're Afraid To Make See more »

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Crime | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, violent situations and language including drug references | See all certifications »
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Duelo de Gigantes  »

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While not credited in the movie, much of final basketball game was filmed at Wake Forest University after a real game had been played that evening. This is why there is a lot of black & gold tie-dye (the school colors of Wake Forest, but neither of the teams in the movie) in the crowd shots. There is also one shot of a giant foam brick, with silver tubas in the back corner, that was taken from the actual game that night. See more »

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Matt: He's the crazy one who has buried money in his backyard Gar, and he got drunk and talked about it.
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The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com - @tss5078
24 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Home of The Giants uses a High School Basketball team and it's star to tell an amazing story, with one hell of a twist. Matt Morrison (Ryan Merriman) is the king of his High School and the beloved star of his High School Basketball team, but not all is as perfect as it seems. Matt's brother has just been released from prison and needs to pay back some dangerous men. Eric enlists the help of his brother to commit a simple robbery, which doesn't go the way they planned. While Basketball is always a part of the story, and has made Matt a local celebrity, this isn't a movie about Basketball, it's about a boy torn between his dreams and his dysfunctional family. Ryan Merriman stars and he just continues to amaze me with his athletic ability. Merriman started as the lovable pudgy kid in the early 90's TV show, the Mommies. Today, the once chubby child star does almost exclusively sports drama and is really impressive. Whether he's a Basketball player here, a Baseball player in 42, or a Football star in the 5th Quarter, Merriman is skillful and more than believable. Imagine getting to live out your sports fantasies, while acting on the big screen, Merriman clearly loves what he does and it shows. In this film he's assisted by the 25 year old screen veteran, Haley Joel Osment, whose still funny looking. Funny looking, but one terrific actor, Osment gives the film a separate dynamic and whole other back story, that just add to the brilliance of this film. Osment was nominated for an Oscar at age 12, and is still going strong, adding another terrific performance to his resume. Home of The Giants really has something for everyone which includes some great sports drama and an intense background story. This film was released independently and fell below the radar, but it is as well written and exciting as anything you'll see on the big screen, I can't recommend it enough.


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