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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>

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In a moment, everything can change...anyone can inspire you...and anything is possible. 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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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sonny Perdue:  The East Carolina head coach. See more »


In the locker room soon after the crash, during the discussion about continuing the football program, a new 1971 football helmet is hanging on the wall. See more »


President Dedmon: [after receiving the game ball from coach Lengyel] I'm not a player.
Jack Lengyel: We are Marshall. We'll take anybody.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits, not even a title. See more »


References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Sons of Marshall
Performed by The Marshall University Marching Thunder
Courtesy of Marshall University
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User Reviews

Better than Rudy
22 December 2006 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

While I understand some Marshall alumni, students, and fans may have bitter feelings toward the movie, I do not think McG could have produced or directed a better film! The feeling you get when watching the movie is indescribable and can certainly touch those of us who were not alive when the crash happened. After seeing this and crying so much I can't even imagine what it must have been like nearly forty years ago. It is an amazing and truly inspiring story that has touched my heart greatly! The actors showed amazing emotions and attitudes which honestly made the movie. This is a must see for everyone - whether you like sports, are a WVU fan, or were around or not around when the crash occurred.

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