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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Dawson
Christian Kanupke ...
Kevin Atkins ...
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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 »


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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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Did You Know?


The film Nate is watching in the cinema when he receives the news of the crash is 'Kelly's Heroes' - a film about a man leading a loosely, on-the-spot assembled team to victory, somewhat parallel to the main story of this film. See more »


At halftime of the Xavier vs. Marshall game, the radio announcer refers to the Xavier Pirates. They're actually the Xavier Musketeers. See more »


Jack Lengyel: Don, are you married?
President Dedmon: Yes sir, 25 years this year.
Jack Lengyel: Now, I am going to bet... that you didn't propose over the phone.
President Dedmon: Ummm, no.
Jack Lengyel: And I'm pretty sure, that she didn't accept with a letter.
President Dedmon: Uhhhh.
Jack Lengyel: Don?
President Dedmon: Jack?
Jack Lengyel: Don?
President Dedmon: Jack?
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Written by King Floyd
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User Reviews

We Are ... Marshall is a must see
17 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a parent of an existing student at MU, I feel every currently enrolled student, potential future student and their parents should see this film. Prior to my daughter's enrollment at MU, I had no idea of this tragedy. Even though one of the assistant coaches killed lived 5 minutes from me. In my daughter's years so far at MU, I've learned MU stands for tradition, history, and pride. This film depicts that in a most inspiring way. Matthew Fox deserves an award for his portrayal of Coach Red Dawson. Matthew McC. brings Coach Lengyel's personality alive on the big screen. The Director, McG, truly captured the emotion of the entire town. After seeing this film, I will never sit at that football stadium again without feeling the presence of 75 people looking down upon that field and smiling.

I have never been in a theater where complete silence occurred. Within 10 minutes of the start of the movie, the only sounds you heard were the sniffles of the audience. Yes, its tragic but this movie shows you never let the "licks" life hands you get the best of you and win. Not only on the football field but in real life. Go see the movie but bring tissues.

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