At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
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
Ian McShane claimed that he got into character by drawing on his memories of the fatal plane crash of the Manchester United soccer team, having known some of the players. See more »
When Nate Ruffin and a varsity player talk on the roof of a campus building, the new Library and Football Stadium, built in the 1990s, can be seen in the background. The stadium appears only once, and is edited out of subsequent shots. It doesn't appear in the DVD version. See more »
One day, not today, not tomorrow, not this season, probably not next season either but one day, you and I are gonna wake up and suddenly we're gonna be like every other team in every other sport where winning is everything and nothing else matters. And when that day comes, well thats, thats when we'll honor them.
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There are no opening credits, not even a title. See more »
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash (as Crosby, Stills & Nash)
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Born and Bred Herd Fan comments on We Are Marshall
I was taken from the moment it started, crying within the first few minutes. I definitely cried more than I thought I would, but I also laughed and cheered. It is truly an all inclusive movie. I have herd this story on many occasions throughout my life, but I still feel that learned some things by watching the movie. I know that not all of it was historically accurate, but there are always things that Hollywood has to add to make things more interesting. I did notice a few mistakes, but only a couple, and they were things that a movie critic at heart, or someone from Huntington would notice (lucky for me, I am both). I was definitely impressed with the way my hometown was personified. Most films portray West Virginia as nothing but poor redneck hillbillies, but this movie has made a difference. I feel they really showed Huntington for what it is. The most touching moment for me involved our favorite rival...WVU. I do not know if it actually happened, but it took my breath away when I saw it. I won't tell you what it is, but you'll know when you see it. I was completely consumed during this movie. I was incredibly impressed with Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox's performances. These men WERE our coach and asst. coach. The only thing that distracted me was the local connections to some of the extras in the film. Other than that, I was completely sucked in. I don't want to give anything away, because I want you to experience it for yourself, but I promise to go see with all of my friends, no matter how many times that takes. Most people I know have told me that I am the biggest Marshall fan they know, and I hope that is true, because this is my passion, my pride. I hope that those of you who aren't as familiar with our history will learn some things and will be touched by the story. It is a wonderful movie. I highly recommend it to everyone. So go see it on Dec 22nd and enjoy! Don't forget to bring tissues, or grab some napkins at the concession stand like we did.
~Kelli~ WE ARE MARSHALL!!! 4 ever!
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