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We Are Marshall (2006)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  22 December 2006 (USA)
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When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.



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In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancée of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For Jack Lengyel, winning wasn't a matter of scoring. It was a matter of getting his team to play just one more season. See more »


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for emotional thematic material, a crash scene, and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Marshall University Football Project  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,582,508 (USA) (22 December 2006)


$43,532,294 (USA) (2 March 2007)

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In a report issued April 14, 1972, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the crash was "the result of a descent below Minimum Descent Altitude during a non precision approach under adverse operating conditions, without visual contact with the runway environment. . . .two most likely explanations (for the greater descent) are (a) improper use of cockpit instrumentation data, or (b) an altimetry system error." See more »


When the President of Marshall calls potential coaches, he crosses out a 910 area code, established in 1993, and a 336 area code, established in 1997. See more »


Jack Lengyel: When I heard about what had happened, your situation, the only thing I could think about was the four of them. I thought about how much they mean to me, about how bad it would hurt if... well if I was to lose them. Then I thought about a team, and a school, and a town thats gotta be hurtin' real bad. And I thought, hell, maybe I could help.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Semifinal 2 (2010) See more »


If You Could Read My Mind
Written by Gordon Lightfoot
Performed by Gordon Lightfoot
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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Loved it!!!
16 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The critics seem to be trashing this movie, but for those of us who grew up in Huntington, WV, it was an amazing story and an incredible movie. I laughed, cried, cheered, and then cried some more. I have never been more proud of my hometown. This is not just a story about football. I'm sure you will hear that more than once. It is a story about getting back on your feet. Even when you think things are at their worst. This is a point the critics seem to miss. They compare it to Invincible and other football movies. Don't listen. GO SEE THIS MOVIE! I believe you will love it too! Even if you are not from Huntington, you will be able to relate if you have ever lost someone close. As one of the other posters put it...We are...Marshall!!! Go Herd!

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